Detroit Lions — Three reasons Travis Swanson likely to start at center
- Even though he’s a second-year guy he has experience on the line. Because of injuries, Swanson started five games last season. Four of them were at right guard and one at center when Raiola was suspended. Game experience is huge and the third-round draft pick has it.
- He was the starting center at Arkansas for three seasons. It appears he was drafted to eventually fill Raiola’s shoes.
- During mandatory minicamp in mid-June Swanson was in at center along with the starting group. Early in organized team activities Manny Ramirez took some snaps at center with the starters. But it looks like Ramirez will line up at left guard.