100 in 100: Jonathan Dwyer (9 of 100)

The Junior Running Back from Georgia Tech Jonathan Dwyer has declared himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Dwyer had nearly identical season in 2008 and 2009 rushing for 1395 yards each. The bruising running back stands at 6'1" and weighs roughly 235 LBS. For multiple reasons, Dwyer has climbed up the board and is considered among the top 5 running backs entering the draft this year. Punishing, Menacing, Pain inflicting are just a few expressions that describe the Yellow Jackets back quite well.

Dwyer chose the number 21 to honor former Yellow Jacket Calvin Johnson who while at Georgia Tech dominated the competition. Dwyer's first year at Georgia Tech he was a back up to current NFL running back Tashard Choice for the Dallas Cowboys. Choice was quoted earlier in the season in saying, "He's going to be among the leading rushers in the country next year, and if he stays healthy, he could lead the nation in rushing. He's that good.", and Dwyer fulfilled the prediction. Dwyer has earned the nickname "The Diesel" and "D-Train" for his physical style of running.

Below, I'll feature a look at some of Dwyer's highlights, stats, and give some projections of where he could possibly end up in the draft...

 

As you can see in the highlight film, Dwyer has reasonable speed and does very well at breaking tackles. I think my favorite run in the video came about 0:34 in to the feed where he runs right and then changes direction, spins off a couple of would-be tacklers, breaks another tackle and jukes another would-be tackler making him fall to the ground and then darts back toward the right and heads for the endzone for the score. It's a very good demonstration of what Dwyer brings to the table.

AWARDS AND HONORS:

  • 2007 Humanitarian Bowl MVP
  • 2008 ACC Player of the Year
  • 2008 All-American First Team

CAREER STATS:

Stats Overview Rushing Receiving Fumbles
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 82 436 5.3 65 9 2 17 8.5 9 0 0 0
2008 200 1395 7.0 88 12 8 209 26.1 79 1 0 0
2009 235 1395 5.9 74 14 5 37 7.4 21 0 0 0
2009 Regular Season Game Log Rushing Receiving Fumbles
DATE OPP RESULT   ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
9/5 Jacksonville State W 37-17 7 95 13.6 74 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/10 Clemson W 30-27 18 66 3.7 17 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/17 @Miami (FL) L 33-17 5 7 1.4 5 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/26 North Carolina W 24-7 19 158 8.3 39 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/3 @Mississippi State W 42-31 16 83 5.2 13 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/10 @Florida State W 49-44 14 102 7.3 69 2 1 11 11.0 11 0 0 0
10/17 Virginia Tech W 28-23 20 82 4.1 33 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/24 @Virginia W 34-9 25 125 5.0 32 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/31 @Vanderbilt W 56-31 22 186 8.5 41 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/7 Wake Forest W 30-27 23 189 8.2 59 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/14 @Duke W 49-10 14 110 7.9 46 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/28 Georgia L 30-24 14 33 2.4 8 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
12/5 @Clemson W 39-34 24 110 4.6 20 2 2 14 7.0 21 0 0 0
2009 Postseason Game Log Rushing Receiving Fumbles
BOWL OPP RESULT   ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
FedEx ORANGE BOWL Iowa L 24-14 14 49 3.5 15 0 2 12 6.0 11 0 0 0

SUMMARY AND PROJECTIONS:

Dwyer will get some playing time no matter where he is drafted. He will be too valuable to let go to waste by sitting on the bench. I am a firm believer that he will be selected as the 2nd running back in the Draft this year. He could very well be starting somewhere his rookie season. This large back will most likely be a late 1st rounder or an early 2nd rounder.

Possibilities -- If drafted in the 1st round, Texans, Chargers.

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