STRENGTHS - Swearinger has the size and strength to deliver big time hits that help separate the ball from the receiver. He consistently fills holes and wraps up nicely to make the sure tackle. Has the ability to play both near the line of scrimmage and drop back into coverage which shows his versatility. He uses his hands well to hold his ground and get off blocks. He shows good in space coordination and agility that make him affective to bring down ball carriers. He has the athletic ability to cover tight ends and running backs well in man coverage.
WEAKNESSES - D.J. is limited in coverage when in man where he to often allows the receiver to make catches infront of him and then makes a play on the ball. He does not show the ability to plant and drive on the ball while it is in the air. Too often he gets caught flat footed because he is staring in on the QB and allows WRs to get over the top. Once he is beat he does not show the recovery speed to make up for his mistakes. He does not show the ability to make game changing plays like interceptions or cause fumbles.
SUMMARY - D.J. Swearinger is a three year starter as a safety for this strong Gamecock Defense. Even as a true freshman he played in every game due to his physical mental makeup and solid technique. He rarely makes mistakes except when being overly aggressive. He is a solid run stopper and plays well in space due to playing with a quality base. He has the flexibility to play both the Strong and Free Safety spots at the next level and should be a very good fit for a team that runs a Tampa 2 style defense where he can be more interchangeable. He is best suited in zone coverage where he will not be exploited for his lack of top line speed. He does not show great ball skills, due to the lack on turnovers he has produced in his college career. The game is not too big for him and he should be able to translate immediately at the NFL level. Worst case scenario is he is a solid special teamer and adds quality depth to a defensive backfield. He could work his way to being a starter but don't expect him to be a difference maker but more a strong piece to the puzzle that doesn't make the big error. Overall Swearinger is a great pick up in the 4th round and should have a long NFL career for some team.