Scouting Report: Jonathan Dwyer

Written by Rob Engle on April 5, 2010

Jonathan Dwyer

Position: RB School: Georgia Tech
Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 229 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.68

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

Mid-late 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 4.5
Quickness/Agility 10 5.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8.5
Athletic Ability 8 5.5
Durability 8 8
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 6.5
Potential 10 8.5

Running Back Specific Categories


Max. Value


Between the tackles 8 7.5
Outside the tackles 8 4
Receiving 6 3.5
Ball carrying 8 7.5
Vision 10 7.5
Elusiveness 8 6
Pass Blocking 8 5.5
Leg Drive 8 7.5
Break Tackle 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System


Dwyer has been an extremely productive back in the ACC for his entire career. He’s got great weight and bulk, with possibly the thickest legs in the draft which has become one of the more important factors for a running backs success in the NFL. He’s tough and took a hit on almost every play due to the system that Georgia Tech runs. A real power back that will gain yards North and South. He showed a second gear on several long runs throughout his career despite his lack of a great timed speed. Has a good stiff arm. Underrated vision and cutback ability and he can be a terror to bring down in the open field because of his combination of power and agility. Only fumbled 5 times in his entire career.


Came from a triple option offense at Georgia Tech that makes it extremely difficult to evaluate any position, but especially the skill positions. Doesn’t have a lot of experience as a pure pass blocker the way they will do it in the NFL (reading blitz gaps, etc.). Doesn’t switch arms when changing sides of the field, but that can be coached pretty easily. Doesn’t test very well, and it caused a huge drop in his stock. May have conditioning issues.


Here at Draft Breakdown, we are extremely wary of any player that takes a huge rise or huge fall after the combine because we trust the tape a lot more than the things you can measure. Dwyer was one of several players that saw their stocks drop after the combine, so he may go later than we have him projected. He probably won’t earn a starting job right away, but he should be able to spell whatever back he sits behind until he learns an NFL offense. He has a lot of potential because of his great blend of size, game speed, and athletic ability.


Two year starter and saw action in every game as a freshman.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: ACC Player of the Year. ACC Offensive Player of the Year. First team All-ACC. First team All-American by several outlets.
2007: ACC All-Freshman Team (Sporting News)


Management major at Georgia Tech.


Never missed a game due to injury.

Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 235 1395 5.9 74 14 5 37 0
2008 200 1395 7.0 88 12 8 209 1
2007 82 436 5.3 65 9 2 17 0

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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