Originally posted on Aaron Torres Sports  |  Last updated 4/18/13
(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) (Enter Aaron's giveaway with Captain Morgan, to win great prizes including an iPad mini and more!!) The NFL Draft is now just a week away, and just a few days after UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin joined me on the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, another prominent draft hopeful called into the show earlier this week.   To listen to the podcast on this website, click the green box above To download the podcast straight from iTunes, please click here To subscribe to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, please click here To listen to the podcast on your iPhone or Android please click here That prospect was former Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope, who discussed a number of different topics earlier this week, including his early days at A&M, the arrival of Kevin Sumlin, and what it was like to be labeled a player “lacking elite athleticism” at the NFL Combine. Ryan was incredibly open in his interview, sharing thoughts on the following: - His early days at A&M, and what drew him to the school in the first place. Part of Swope’s decision centered around head coach Mike Sherman and his staff, but part of it was also the ability to turn the Texas A&M football program around. - Ryan’s initial reaction to Sherman’s firing and the hiring of Kevin Sumlin, and why he wasn’t so sure he wanted to stay in College Station following the departure of his coach. Also, why Sumlin had to “re-recruit” Swope after the wide receiver considered transferring from the school. - A&M’s early days in the SEC and the disrespect that was shown to them in the beginning stages. Also, how being shunned at SEC Media Days proved to be the fuel that fired the Aggies all season long.   - Wrapping up the discussion on A&M, Ryan talks about the arrival of Johnny Manziel, the victory over Alabama and how proud Ryan is to say he helped turn the Aggies’ football program around. Finally, Ryan concludes the interview by sharing his thoughts of the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and what it was like to prove doubters wrong who didn’t believe he was “athletic” enough to compete in the NFL. Folks, whether you’re a college football fan that enjoyed the last four years with Ryan Swope, or an NFL fan just getting to know his name and game, this is a podcast you want to listen to. Ryan was incredibly candid about his college years, the NFL experience and what is ahead for him in his football journey. This is an interview you don’t want to miss. And you don’t have to miss it, since the podcast is available to download straight from iTunes just by searching for “The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast. You can also subscribe to the Aaron Torres Sports podcast by clicking here. As always I encourage you to share your thoughts either by commenting below or hitting me up on Twitter @Aaron_Torres or on my newly redesigned Facebook page. And FINALLY, if you haven’t checked out my giveaway with Captain Morgan, you need to do it right now. All you've got to do is click this link, answer one question, and there's a possibility you can win a number of great prizes, including an iPad mini, Beats by Dre headphones a Kindle Fire and more!    
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