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TWENTYMAN: Lions sign third-round pick Travis Swanson

Posted May 22, 2014

Add Travis Swanson to the list of Detroit Lions draft picks who have signed their rookie deals, leaving just top picks Eric Ebron and Kyle Van Noy unsigned.

And then there were two.

Add Travis Swanson to the list of Detroit Lions draft picks who have signed their rookie deals, leaving just top picks Eric Ebron and Kyle Van Noy unsigned.

The Lions selected Swanson in the third round (No. 76 overall) to be their center of the future.

He made 50 consecutive starts for Arkansas and was just the 11th player in school history to be a two-time captain.

In his last 24 games, Swanson had the highest blocking consistency grade for any active offensive lineman in college football (90 percent).

“He’s got a lot of starts against really good competition,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said after selecting Swanson. “That usually bodes well for guys early, gives those guys confidence when they get here, so that’s definitely a factor.”

Dominic Raiola is coming off probably his best season as a professional in 2013, but he is 35 years old and the Lions need to start thinking about the future.

Swanson is currently getting work in at both center and guard in OTAs.

He signed a four-year deal expected to be worth around $3 million, per the rookie wage scale.