Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Damian Swann (right) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown in the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
DAMIAN SWANN, NICKEL CORNERBACK
Swann was a 2015 5th round draft pick from Georgia that ended up starting a number of games last year due to the Saints’ struggles against the pass. Despite the Saints record breaking futility in pass defense, Swann actually had moments of potential from his cornerback spot opposite Breaux.
Nevertheless, he did struggle with penalties, and an over-aggressive style of play that led the rookie into some blown coverages. Swann’s 2015 season was cut short, with two concussions landing him on the injured list.
Swann struggled mightily in coverage during the beginning of the 2016 preseason, to the extent that his roster spot could perhaps have been in jeopardy. He then suffered his 3rd concussion in less than 10 months, forcing the team to shelve him for the year.
Swann is no lock to make next year’s roster — and his entire career could be at risk.
Swann was not the only Saints draft pick from the previous year counted on to make a big impact, only to not play a single down….