Prospect Profile: Jonathan Dwyer's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer inside.

Jonathan Dwyer
School: Georgia Tech
Position: Running Back
Height: 5-11
Weight: 235
Projected 40-Time: 4.52

Star Rating: Grade: 89
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Dwyer has the size and quickness to be an elite runner at the next level.
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Strengths: Dwyer is a tough, powerful runner who excels between the tackles. He has a thick frame and runs with great balance. He’s patient, possess excellent vision and cut back ability, the agility to elude defenders in space and surprising elusiveness in the open field. He rarely goes down on initial contact and uses his strong stature and forward lean to aggressively obtain more yardage. He’s a strong runner in the clear and will fight off the opposition with a devastating stiff-arm. He’s a willing blocker who displays his strength and toughness in pass blocking situations. He’s an underrated receiver who has the ability to be an effective option out of the backfield. He never missed a game during his collegiate career.

Weaknesses: He lacks elite speed and is more quick than fast. His punishing running style is an effective weapon, but he takes on too many big hits, and longevity is a concern. He has to sustain blocks better in passing situations and ride the opposition until the quarterback throws the ball. He only caught 15 passes during his three-year college career, mainly because of the offensive structure.

Steuber Says: A two-year starter at Georgia Tech, Dwyer compares favorably to former Oregon and current Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart. The difference between the two runners is that Stewart is more explosive and was a more accomplished receiver entering the NFL than Dwyer. Just like Stewart, Dwyer decided to forego his senior year to take advantage of his promising draft stock after he amassed the exact rushing total (1,395) during his sophomore and junior campaigns. At 5-foot-11, 235 pounds, Dwyer has the ability to be a featured back in the NFL, but there are concerns about his speed. Dwyer failed to live up to expecations at the Scouting Combine, and now finds himself as a likely second round pick rather than a first round selection. Although, there are teams at the top of the second round that may have interest in Dwyer; the Detroit Lions (No. 34) and Cleveland Browns (No. 38) make the most sense in the second frame.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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