May 10, 2014, 11:41 PM EDT
Given his lack of experience in organized football it was unlikely that former Miami power forward Erik Swoope was going to hear his name called during this weekend’s NFL Draft. But his athleticism and size resulted in some NFL teams taking a look, with Swoope working out for the Denver Broncos last month.
Late Saturday night Swoope tweeted that he’ll have the opportunity to earn a spot in the NFL, with the Indianapolis Colts offering him a spot as a free agent.
As a senior Swoope averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Hurricanes, shooting 51.4% from the field. But Swoope finished the season well, reaching double figures in six of Miami’s final seven games. Swoope’s best offensive performance during that stretch came in an 85-70 win at NC State, as he scored 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field.
Swoope is the only college basketball player that could be afforded the possibility of joining a team as a free agent. Last week it was reported that former Kansas power forward Tarik Black was receiving some interest from NFL teams, with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers even putting him in touch with a team scout.
Will that lead to Black putting on the shoulder pads at some point? Who knows, but given Swoope’s path to a free agent deal anything is possible.
Three players with Division I college basketball experience were drafted this weekend: tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (Washington; Tampa Bay Buccaneers), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (South Carolina; San Francisco 49ers) and cornerback Demetri Goodson (Gonzaga, played football at Baylor; Green Bay Packers).
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