Indianapolis — Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer has already started interviewing with teams and is set to meet with the New England Patriots later on Saturday.
Dwyer weighed-in at 229 pounds and measured 5-foot-11 1/2.
He has interviewed with St. Louis, San Diego and Denver.
Here’s took some questions at the NFL scouting combine:
Q: I’ve been hearing about your workouts and that you’ve dropped a lot of weight?
A: Coach wanted me to gain some weight when the option offense came in. I realized after the season that my comfortable weight was between 225 and 230. I worked hard and lost some weight. I got down to 225 before I got here and everything. . . I weighed in at a good weight that I wanted to weigh in at.
Q: What was that?
Q: How has the process been for you so far?
A: Actually it’s gone pretty good. A lot of teams have showed some interests. I’m just taking it all in stride and having
some fun with it. I’m enjoying the moment and having some fun.
Q: How are you dealing with the questions about making the transition from Georgia Tech’s offense to a pro styled offense?
A: That’s just a question that is going to continuously be asked. But if they go back to the 2007 season when I was a true freshmen and played behind Tashard Choice. . . It’s nothing new for me to be able to play seven yards deep. I’m just going out there to show them that I’m an athlete and I have the ability to adjust to any kind of offense they throw at me.
Q: Could you talk about your decision to leave school early?
A: The decision for me to leave early was pretty much based on It was pretty much just based me as an athlete. I thought I was ready for the next level. I needed to bring my game to a high level, which is the NFL.
Q: What did you learn from (Tashard) Choice?
A: Just being a good person. How to carry myself on and off the field and how to be a student of the game. That’s what he taught me my freshmen year. Just go in there and watch film instead of just going out there and practice hard, but the mental aspects of wathing film, seeing your keys and to learn more as a player.
Q: The Patriots could use some young fresh legs at runnig back. What have been your talks with them. Do you have any feel for them?
A: I just want an opportunity to showcase what I can do. I think I’m supposed to interview with them today. I had three interviews yesterday with St. Louis, San Diego and Denver. I’ve met a lot of running back coaches and I’ve had a good time meeting them as well.
Q: Have you interview with the Lions?
A: I met coach Sam Gash, the running backs coach two days ago. I’ll probably have an interview with them. We’ll see how that goes. A lot of these coaches know what type of player that am and what type of ability that I have.
Q: What did he talk to you about?
A: They were asking me how I was able to be successful from a three-point stance and being five yards back. We were just getting to know each other.
Q: What could you bring to a team?
A: I going to be a different kind of back. I could be the back who can make the homerun play. Be physical. Every time I get the ball I’m going to make sure that it’s going to be positive yards. I just want to be a key factor in the offense for our team.
Q: What do you want to run here?
A: Between a 4.4 and 4.5. Around that time. I’ll just try to get around there and then maybe try to run it again at my Pro Day.
Q: There are lot of running backs here vying for the first round. Is it really competitive amongst your guys?
A: A lot of us are just having fun. We are talking and enjoying ourselves. We are joking around right now. I guess once tomorrow gets here, you’ll see more competitiveness. That’s a time where it’s something different. You’re going out there and competing. You are trying to get a job. Definitely tomorrow, there are going to be a lot of juices flowing. It’s going to be a fun atmosphere to be a part of.
Q: Do you pay any attention to Mock Drafts? Where people project you to go?
A: I’ve seen some. But you really can’t pay too much attention to it because that’s why it’s called a mock draft. You have to put all that stuff behind you and have fun with it. Use it as motivation if you don’t like it. Some guys use it as motivation and some guys use it just to see what people think about them. It’s just something that I looked at. Since it’s gotten closer to this time, I haven’t been looking at them. Just trying to enjoy the moments and have some fun with it.
Q: Where have you been working out at?
A: I’ve been working out at Michael Johnson’s Performance Center in Dallas, Texas.
Q: You seem to hit your stride mid-season, the Wake Forest and Vanderbilt games, you put up some really big numbers. Did you feel like developed as the season went on? Did you feel more productive?
A: I felt more productive. I felt that I was getting more of a rhythm. That’s the thing with a running back, once you get into that one rhythm you have a confidence, a swagger about yourself that you’re going to go out there and make some plays and make something happen.
Q: Where you learning something along the way about your game?
A: I don’t think I was learning too much. I was just trying to do what I was supposed to do. Just do my role. That’s all you can do.
Q: What is your relationship with (Clemson C.J.) Spiller?
A: We have a close relationship actually. We are friends on and off the field. We talk to each other all through the season. We’ve talked to each other through this whole process. Pretty much, if you see us around in a group, he’s either by me or I’m by him, It’s a close relationship, but it’s a competitive relationship as well.
Q: How did you all develop that relationship?
A: We met each other at the ACC Kickoff this past season, pre-season. We’ve been friends every since then.
Q: What do you think about some of the things he does?
A: He’s a great player. He makes some things happen. He’s fast. He has agility. He’s explosive. He’s that whole all-around threat.
Q: You all compare your styles?
A: Not verbally together. We let everybody else handle that. We just enjoy each other’s game. He has his thinks he like about me and I have my things I like about him.
Q: Before going to Kell High, did you play in the area around Cobb County?
A: Yes, I grew up playing for the Marietta Blue Eagles and the Blackwell Bears. (Wonder how he did against the mighty Smyrna Spartans!!!)
Q: In terms of trying to separate yourself from the rest of the RB class, some guys are really grading you impressively high compared to some of the others. Do you feel that way inside of it?
A: In this whole process of going through interviews you have to separate yourself from the other guys and express what you can bring to the table. Like myself, if you’re looking for someone to be a complete back who’s able to pass block, run inside and run outside. You have to be the type of guy that they want or need. If they need a guy to make a big play, I can be that guy. If you need a guy to return kicks, I can play special teams. That’s me. If a team makes a mistake and doesn’t draft me, I’m going to be a handful every time that we play them. That’s just the type of a mindset I bring to every interview I go in.
Q: There’s been plenty of talk about you being a low to the ground runner and having a well-rounded game. At the NFL level, does that present an incredible challenge to be all of that?
A: Even when you reach your goal of playing in the NFL, you still have things in your game that you have to perfect. There are still some things that I want to get better at. That’s just something I’ll have to sell them on. We’ll see. I think I’ll be a productive player. Only time will tell. I’m just going to continue to work hard and give it everything that I’ve got.
Q: Are you doing all of the drills?
A: Yes, I’m doing everything.