Jonathan Dwyer: 5'11", 235 lbs. Running Back, Georgia Tech, Junior
Projected Round: Late First/Early Second
Teams Interested: San Diego Chargers (28), New England Patriots (42), Houston Texans (51)
Reminds Us Of: Jonathan Stewart, Cedric Benson, Michael Turner
Dwyer had a very successful career at the fullback position in Georgia Tech’s option offense. He hit the holes very quickly and often finished the play by running hard until being tackled.
Early on in his career, Dwyer showed great speed to the outside. He was considered an excellent sprinter coming out of high school, which should translate very well to the NFL. One of Dwyer’s best attributes is his ability to hold onto the football. He never recorded a lost fumble for his entire career.
Dwyer is also a very young player with a lot of room to grow. He is coming out only after his junior season, and he will only be 20 during the combine—he turns 21 on July 26. Dwyer should be able to use his excellent quickness and power, along with his great size, to be a good NFL back. He knows how to be patient and run inside the tackles—something most college running backs do not learn until they are in the pros.
Dwyer has grown from a chiseled 200 lbs. his freshman season, to a borderline out-of-shape 240 lbs. Dwyer would be much better suited if he could drop about 15-20 pounds. This would allow him to use his sprinter speed more often, and he would be able to finish every game strong.
Another question about Dwyer’s game is if he can be counted on as a receiving threat. He only caught 15 passes in three years at Georgia Tech. The Combine will prove to be very crucial in this aspect for Dwyer. Many general managers are wondering if he does not have hands, or if he was simply not given a chance to be a receiver at Georgia Tech.
Lastly, scouts want to know about Dwyer’s ability to pick up the blitz. At Georgia Tech, he was never asked to pick up blitzes due to the offensive scheme. It will be interesting to see how Dwyer does at the combine when he is asked to step out of his Georgia Tech element and into the NFL world.
What We Can Expect at the Combine
Dwyer is a young man with an enormous amount of talent. He was a big recruit coming out of high school, and according to rivals.com, could run 4.48 his senior year in high school. Unfortunately, that was about 40 lbs. ago. Dwyer will need to come into the combine in tip-top shape.
In order for him to fully succeed and potentially be a first round pick, he should try to drop weight and focus on becoming more solid. Look for Dwyer to run anywhere from the mid 4.4s to the high 4.5s. His time will depend on how much effort he makes on getting in shape and losing the weight.