2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jonathan Dwyer

  • Big frame for a RB
  • Great lower body strength and mass
  • Makes quick decisions as a runner
  • Nice traffic runner – shows poise in tight spaces
  • Great quality of suddenness to his running style
  • Willing blocker
  • Takes care of the football
  • Nice short area burst
  • Hits hole quickly
  • Patient back who will set up a lineman when given chance
  • Can pound it between the tackles
  • Intriguing upside if stars align (change of scheme and conditioning)

  • Looks overweight – conditioning may be an issue
  • Just above average speed
  • No second gear in open field
  • Shys from contact
  • Not as powerful a runner as you’d think
  • Questionable receiver out of backfield
  • Not a game-breaker in a pro scheme
  • Unimpressive moves in space to make defenders miss
  • Doesn’t have much elusiveness
  • Lacks experience in a more conventional running scheme
  • Highly difficult evaluation

    Summary: I want to like Dwyer, but when you combine that he looks out of shape with bad tape, I have a hard time getting behind him. Since early in the season, I have felt he is an overrated prospect. The option scheme limits the evaluation because he is in the three-point stance four yards behind the line of scrimmage (LOS) as opposed to a two-point stance seven yards behind the LOS. I don’t see an impressive athlete on tape, but if a team can get him in good condition, he might look like a completely different back in a north-south running scheme. He’s the only back in this class that I think has the upside to be a No. 1 in the NFL, but he would certainly be a gamble in the second round.

    Player Comparison: Tim Hightower. Hightower is a better pass catcher, but from an athleticism and size standpoint, these players match up.


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