ATHENS -- It wasn’t uncommon to see Damian Swann lined up in a different position than his listed cornerback spot this season.
In the first season of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s scheme, Swann was seen lining up all over the field whether it was at cornerback, nickel back, linebacker or safety.
Heading toward the NFL draft, Swann still doesn’t know what position he will play at the next level.
“I have been hearing some safety, some nickel, some corner,” Swann said.
Having played so many positions last season, Swann is confident in his ability to learn a new position. The three-year starter is listed at 6-foot and 189 pounds. He might be undersized for an NFL safety, but he always has displayed great instincts.
“I think I am one of the brighter guys when it comes to learning a system and multiple spots, being able to make calls and checks,” Swann said. “That has helped me a lot throughout my career. In the two NFL systems I played in college, that’s helped me out a lot, too.“
Swann said that he has a few visits set up during the next two weeks but would not disclose the teams. The Atlanta native worked out in the NFL Scouting Combine in February where he posted a 4.5 40-yard dash, 33-inch vertical leap and 118-inch broad jump.
WILSON IMPROVES, HERRERA WAITS
For the past two seasons, Georgia has displayed one of the most consistent inside linebacking corps in the nation.
Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera combined for 225 tackles last season and were both in the top five for total tackles in the SEC. The year before, Wilson led the SEC with 133 tackles and Herrera ranked third with 112 tackles.
For as much productivity as the duo produced, one linebacker is getting more love than the other for now.
Wilson improved on his 40-yard dash time from the combine at Georgia’s pro day Wednesday, running at 4.62 compared to his previous time of 4.77. The 2013 first-team All SEC selection is in the process of setting up visits with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“They say I play fast, hard, durable, never missed a game, and they like with they see in my athleticism,” Wilson said. “I just keep showing them that I am a physical linebacker and have what it takes.”
Herrera, on the other hand, has not heard from any NFL teams but hopes that the calls will start coming in following his performance Wednesday.
Jonathon Rumph has the NFL build. The wide receiver is listed at 6-5 and 215 pounds, and there was a lot of hype surrounding the junior college transfer following his first spring game.
In his inaugural G-Day game, Rumph caught four passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, but that’s about all the productivity the Bulldogs got out of him.
After transferring from Holmes Community College in Mississippi, Rumph was hampered by hamstring injuries the next two years and ended his career playing in nine games, amassing 18 catches for 297 yards and a touchdown.
Looking back, Rumph wishes he could have had at least one healthy season but wouldn’t change the experience.
“To be honest, I am grateful or the negative things because it helps me look good now. I’m just trying to build from it,” Rumph said.
Rumph was happy with his performance Wednesday and said he is trying to work on his flexibility. Rumph spoke with scouts for the first time at pro day and had conversations with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns.
“They love my size. I move very well for my size,” Rumph said. “The league looks for big receivers like me. That’s good for me and gives me a boost to keep going and working hard.”