Scouting Report: Ryan Switzer

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North Carolina

Wide Receiver #3

5’9 185

  • Runs like a running back. Can turn the corner easily on jet sweeps
  • Excellent hands. He has a 77.8 percent catch rate through week six, which is the highest rate among UNC receivers with more than 20 targets.
  • Always finds a way to get open, especially up the middle
  • One of the fastest wide receivers available in this year’s draft. Ran a 4.52 40-yeard dash out of high school.
  • At 5’9, he’s short for a receiver, but his quickness allows him to thrive in the slot
  • Doesn’t “sell” the play when he knows the ball isn’t going to him

Switzer only had 32 catches in his freshman year, but his presence was felt early on special teams. He was named first-team All-America as a punt returner by the FWAA and Athlon. He returned five punt returns for touchdowns and tallied 502 yards. The next season, he had his career high in receptions and receiving yards at 61 and 757, respectively.

Switzer excels at finding space up the middle, and always seems to be open. Once he gets open, it’s rare to see him drop a pass. After dropping a crucial ball in a high school game, he says was nervous every time the ball came to him during his freshman year. But now, you couldn’t tell that was ever a problem. He’s been targeted 62 times and has 49 receptions. His catch rate is the highest on the team for players with over 20 catches. He doesn’t shy away from the big moment. He tied the school record for catches, with 16 against Pittsburgh in week four. He also had 208 yards en route to a thrilling comeback effort for the ‘Heels. On the road against FSU, Switzer had 14 catches for 158 yards. He helped North Carolina break Florida State’s record of 22 straight wins at home.

Round Value: Late 2nd/early 3rd

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