Lions select Travis Swanson in third round

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
  
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Lions drafted Arkansas center Travis Swanson in the third round with the 76th pick overall. Detroit added Swanson to give the team depth behind Dominic Raiola, who it drafted in 2001, and another option at guard.
  
"His flexibility helps us," Mayhew said. "He's big enough to play guard and he can play center as well."
  
Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn, who also played offensive line at Arkansas, expects Raiola to help Swanson develop on and off the field.
  
"He's unbelievable in our room as far as being a mentor to our guys and I would expect him to continue to do so," Washburn said.
  
The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Swanson, who is from Kingwood, Texas, was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to college football's best center. He started 50 straight games. At the Senior Bowl, though, Swanson showed NFL teams he was comfortable playing center or guard.
  
"It's not that much different," he said.


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