NFL Draft Spotlight: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

by Cory J. Bonini on April 20, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Jonathan Dwyer, of Georgia Tech, enters the 2010 NFL Draft as a junior, as well as being one of the most highly touted backs available. He finished his collegiate career with 517 attempts for 3,226 yards (6.2 per carry) and 35 touchdowns.

Strengths

  • Size: 5-foot-11 1/4, 229 pounds
  • Strong, muscular build: tree trunks for legs
  • Breaks arm tackles with ease
  • Hits the hole hard, with quality acceleration
  • A shifty, sudden runner for his size
  • Protects the ball well
  • Good vision, instincts - decisive

Weaknesses

  • Speed: has a decent second gear but won't outrun many defenders in the NFL (4.6s at the Scouting Combine; 4.53 at his pro day)
  • Shies away from contact and isn't as bruising of a runner as his size suggests he should be
  • Hands: not much of a receiver
  • Inexperienced in a conventional, pro-style offense
  • Largley untested as a blocker

Expected draft placement

Dwyer will be sought after in the early stages of the draft. He has the potential to be a workhorse back in the NFL, but coming from an option offense it's tough to tell how he translates to the pros. A big-play back in college, Dwyer isn't poised to be a game-changer in the NFL.He tested positive for amphetamines at the combine, which was cleared by doctors due to a prescription for attention deficit disorder.

A high second-round grade is very fair for Dwyer, and that's where we project he'll be selected. Optimistically, there is an outside chance he sneaks into the late first round. Don't expect his test results to affect Dwyer's draft stock

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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