Duke football: Trevon McSwain signs with Chicago Bears as UDFA

Duke football defensive tackle Trevon McSwain (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Duke football defensive tackle Trevon McSwain (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Former Duke football player Trevon McSwain is looking to work his way into the NFL after signing with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.

The Duke football program did not have a player selected in the seven rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, but the Blue Devils have their first signing as an undrafted free agent.

Defensive tackle Trevon McSwain is headed to the Windy City after reports that he will be signing with the Chicago Bears.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune was the first to report the McSwain signing.

Trevon McSwain was at Duke for five seasons after redshirting his freshman year and developed into one of the best, and most important, players on the Blue Devils’ defensive line.

In his senior and final season in Durham, McSwain played 12 games, amassing 35 total tackles, 14 solo and 21 assisted, with seven of those tackles coming for a loss of yardage.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound versatile defender also set a career-high with four sacks in 2019. McSwain’s career-high in tackles was 43, which he set in the 2018 season.

The Georgia native arguably had the best game of his senior season in the finale against Miami, where he posted five tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles in Duke’s 27-17 comeback victory over the Hurricanes.

McSwain’s five tackles in his final collegiate game tied a season-high, which he also set in the first game of the season against the Alabama Crimson Tide and in the penultimate game of the season on the road against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

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There is no debating that cracking the Chicago Bears’ roster will be tough for Trevon McSwain as the team has one of the best and deepest front seven’s in the NFL. Plus, the lack of a rookie minicamp and OTA’s certainly will not help the chances of the undrafted free agent in making the 53-man roster.