Johnson stunned that Dwyer hasn’t been picked — updated

That Jonathan Dwyer has yet to be drafted stuns Paul Johnson, his former coach at Georgia Tech.

At one time projected to be a first-round pick when he announced in January he was leaving school after three seasons, Dwyer was finally selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth rounds

Twelve running backs were selected ahead of him.

“Someone is going to get a heck of a football player,” Johnson said after Saturday’s T-Day game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. “If there are 90 guys better than him I haven’t seen them.

“It’s unbelievable.”

After rushing for 1,395 yards as a sophomore to earn ACC player of the year honors, he rushed for 1,395 more as a junior last season in helping the Yellow Jackets win the ACC.

When he announced he was turning pro, draft analysts questioned Dwyer’s weight, ability to catch the ball, blocking and pass-catching skills. He played at around 240 pounds in Tech’s spread-option, where he wasn’t asked to pass-block or catch, though he did snag a few passes, notably against FSU and against Iowa in the Orange Bowl

A toe injury sustained in the bowl game hampered his training and conditioning in the weeks leading up to the NFL Combine. As a result,  he ran a relatively slow 40 time and weighed 229 pounds, four more than his target weight. But the toe healed and a slimmer Dwyer (225 pounds) bounced back at Tech’s pro day a month later to run a 4.52, seven-thousandths faster than his time at the Combine and within the top-10 times posted in Indianapolis.

Analysts also wondered whether Dwyer could transition from lining up close to the line of scrimmage, as he did  in Tech’s spread-option, to the deeper start required in a pro-style offense. Dwyer pointed out after Tech’s pro day that he was used in that formation during his freshman season at Tech when Chan Gailey was coach.

Dwyer is the fourth Yellow Jacket taken in this year’s draft, following defensive end Derrick Morgan to Tennessee with the 16th pick, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to Denver with the 22nd pick, and safety Morgan Burnett to Green Bay in the third round (71st overall) on Friday.

106 comments Add your comment

chris o bomb

April 24th, 2010
1:32 pm

unbelievable!
hope t.d. makes a trade and grabs him. he’s a beast, and will be a heck of a player on any team.

is it because of the failed drug test? i thought he was cleared of that, and there shouldnt be any upcoming suspensions.

BuzzButt

April 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

STAY IN SCHOOL BOYS!!!!!!

chris o bomb

April 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

and first!!! haha

any stats on t day?

KnightInATL

April 24th, 2010
1:36 pm

It is, in fact, stunning. Dwyer’s stock has dropped immensely over the past few months…and it certainly doesn’t have everything to do with this drug test fiasco. It’s possible that Shanahan may try to move up into the 6th round to grab him

KnightInATL

April 24th, 2010
1:39 pm

He didn’t exactly impress at the Combine. Check out these stats.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player/combine/_/id/25712/jonathan-dwyer

beauvighn

April 24th, 2010
1:39 pm

Hopefully JD learned a lesson…he should have stayed in school and won another player of the year award while leading Tech to yet another ACC championship….

Cornelius Washington

April 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

He will be a productive NFL back one day.

Karma

April 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

Is this the same bumb that ran for 30 yards against UGA????? LOL! Karma is a B!$#@ huh Tech??

BrokeBackJacket

April 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

WOW!!!!

Steer clear of man boob’s today…he may just punch someone in the mouth!

Jimmy Jamz

April 24th, 2010
1:46 pm

He is a great back, but we have so many B backs that we will be fine without him. As long as QB’s stay healthy and play well the offense will still be top-notch.

Stinger

April 24th, 2010
1:48 pm

A lot of teams will be sorry that they didn’t take Dwyer.

where's Jonathan?

April 24th, 2010
1:49 pm

and just now in the 6th round, a RB out of Ole Miss picked. I’m more amazed that AJC isn’t doing more about this story with Dwyer, the erroneous drug report did him in and you journalist have done nothing to find out what the NFL is thinking

knowonelikesKarma

April 24th, 2010
1:50 pm

hey karma what was the highest georgia player taken? just wondering

Technophobia

April 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

bumb?????? another UGA idiot.
JD keep your head up. This isn’t the first time you’ve had to prove yourself and it won’t be the last. You’ve got what it takes and you’ll wind up on top. Hang in there.

SCAM

April 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

Doug, you can write all you want about other reasons, but the truth is the drug test has made teams shy away from him and there needs to be some answers. Can’t anyone interview the NFL commisioner for God’s sake on how this doctor and this error could have happened to ruin Dwyer’s career like this. I mean, your the home newspaper that knows more than any other outlet.

Dan

April 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

Does Karma even know what karma means?

HugoStiglitz

April 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

where’s Jonathan,

That was Anthony Dixon out of Miss St who is actually a pretty good football player himself. Im surprised he lasted this long as well. Maybe its just a bad year for RB’s outside of Spiller and Mathews.

Brock

April 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

Update from the Spring game( I refuse to call it T-day or G-day or A-day or whatever all the other schools call it)

Washington ran the offense quite well.Made some really good throws also.

David Simms is also a great quarterback. Looked a lot like Nesbitt under that helmet. Made some good reads.

Luwallen needs to beef up and get tougher. Looks like another Jaybo, only taller.

Ant will be a good B back.

Stephen Hill made a nice catch for a 79 yd td.

One of the bright spots was from our punters and kickoffs from Blair and Poole. Looks like they been in the weight room. One punter(didn’t catch his name) had a 72yd punt, maybe rolling 15 of those yds.

Can’t wait til sept. Gonna be a fun season.

Coach Herb

April 24th, 2010
1:58 pm

This is unbeleivable how do you go from a potential 1st rounder to looking like you will not be drafted. He should sue the league for putting him on the failed drug test list when he was already cleared. That cost him dearly.

Paul in RDU

April 24th, 2010
1:58 pm

Dwyer not being drafted so far makes you wonder what the NFL scouts were watching the last couple of years. Perhaps they are too enamoured of work out warriors (guys with great numbers at the combine but who can’t play a lick). Dwyer is a playmaker who’ll make some team very happy.

JSS

April 24th, 2010
2:04 pm

As an amazing spectacle as I’ve ever seen and I’m not a person with a dog in this fight. As badly as the Browns, Chargers, and Bucs need a power back, there’s more to this story…

Shreveport Sam

April 24th, 2010
2:06 pm

To me, it looks pretty damning that UGA signs all these blue chippers yet you’ll note two Tech players went in the first round this NFL draft versus none for the dawgs. Coaching perhaps?

WreckHorn

April 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

Dwyer: a compact beast with William Andrews thighs and Jim Taylor’s heart.

Not Disappointed

April 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

JD just needs to be productive once he’s drafted. How was the spring game?

Keith

April 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

I heard there were only a few hundred people at your gay “T – Day.” Ha, ha. Pathetic. I have been to UGA G-Days when it was raining and they still had 20,000. This year they had 40,000. Maybe one day you losers will be a real college football team. 30-24 Nerds! UGA is on the up, again, and Tech is headed down. Gotta love it.

JMB

April 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

alright jaguars just picked up Deji Karim out of southern illinois. what on earth has happened with dwyer. i feel terrible for the guy

WreckHorn

April 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

Dwyer will be fine. RB’s are considered expendable nowadays in the NFL, hence the limited number taken early this year. The Diesel looked a bit like the Fridge,which is ok for Terrence Cody but anathema for a RB.

Keith

April 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

Hey Sam, aka moron. Do me a favor and do a Google search of UGA and Tech players drafted all time. Geee I wonder who is better? What a fool. Don’t forget your pocket protector, calculator, and bullet proof vest before you head out to your gay bar tonight.

groundfog

April 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

amazing, clearly not an endorsement for running backs coming out of this offense.

Tokyo jacket

April 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

I really hope Shanahan gets him. He got TD in the 6th round, Mike Anderson in the 6th and Olandis Gary in the 4th round. I hope he continues the trend of Denver RBs.

collegeballfan

April 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

For what it is worth Kyper just put Dwyer on his best available 10 about an hour ago. Can the NFL scouting system be this wrong? Yes, look at the number of free agents who make the Pro Bowl.

son_sir

April 24th, 2010
2:12 pm

I agree JSS, much more to this story. You don’t come out of the season as a projected 1st rounder and have your stock fall off a cliff without there being a good reason for it. Sure, he had some poor times at the combine and may have been a bit overweight, but there is still an untold reason why he went from boom to bust without so much as a snap from scrimmage. Hard to imagine the drug test being the reason as the NFL have forgiven far more even if the test was legit.

Triple Option Back

April 24th, 2010
2:12 pm

Hey Techies, there’s a triple option back for you. I bet this will really help in recruiting… by the way, you shouldn’t be bragging about your top round picks… they were Chan’s guys… and you fired him, remember? Let’s see Paul Johnson win without Chan’s guys… and let’s also see him convince RB’s to come to Tech after Dwyer goes potentially undrafted… but hey, just punch the naysayers in the face, right?

WreckHorn

April 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

Keith (rhymes with “teeth” even though you only have one.) So, Kooth, glad you are so secure in your worship of the doggies that you took time to borrow your mom’s computer to cruise Tech blogs. Guess the gay bars in Athens don’t open for awhile, or maybe your mommie is just sleeping off last night’s street work.

Triple Option Back

April 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

“You don’t come out of the season as a projected 1st rounder and have your stock fall off a cliff without there being a good reason for it”. Uhhhh… he’s overweight, slow, can’t block, and can’t catch. The better question would be why any NFL team would take a chance on him? I think all of these factors were exposed once they removed him from the triple option and made him actually work out for NFL teams. There’s the reason for his draft stock dropping.

Matt B.

April 24th, 2010
2:15 pm

Keith-Alabama had 94,000 at theirs, so what? I guess you run this state in spring game attendance too. Congratulations.

PMC

April 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

He’s going to light it up for someone just like the kid in Dallas. I hope he runs angry in training camp

wishful Thinking

April 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Cow tipping must be over in Athens – look at all the doggies on this blog….

Triple Option Back

April 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

Tokyo Jacket (priceless name by the way)… Shanahan doesn’t coach Denver anymore……… so that would make it hard for him to continue the Denver RB’s trend

WreckHorn

April 24th, 2010
2:16 pm

TOB (rhymes with s.o.b.) So, Tob, we don’t punch naysayers in the face, just dogpoop fans and gay barbers….whoops, guess you’re going to get a lot of punches this year. Get off of Uga 7’s back (for God’s sake, he’s dead, man) and put it back in your pants…or your momma…where it usually resides.

groundfog

April 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

The recruiting effect of Dwyer’s drop cannot be ignored. This is extremely bad.

I have tried and tried and tried to tell y'all

April 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

This fact about Dwyer confrims all of my comments about Dwyer. He IS small but he is slow.

It ALSO SENDS a terrible message to any kid that hopes to one day play big boy ball as a NFL RUNNING BACK. The WISHBONE is not big boy ball and it does not portray the needed talents for the NFL. ANY KID that is considering Tech as a back now will re evalutate. Look at Clemson where theri back was gone quickly. See? Head to head and Dwyer’s Tech team won over Clemson but who cares???

Tech is a middle school offense and Dwyer NOT BEING DRAFTED tells the whole embarrassing story.

CPJ is a laughing stock with the entire world now. The world knows that Dwyer got 33 vs A LOUSY GA D and was held to 0 vs Iowa in the first half. These stats doomed him.

AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA 30-24 and it keeps on being so laughable.

GTGreg

April 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

Wow… how’s this for a scouting report… Keith is a d-bag

Matt B.

April 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

JD dropping is the product of a lot of things at once. The questions about the offense he played in coupled with the fact that a lot of teams don’t have enough of a need in their two-deep at RB to warrant the investment. He’ll do well wherever he goes. The beauty of the NFL is that once your there, all that matters is how you perform. Look at T. Davis of UGA and Brady, 6th round to HOF, once they got a shot to play.

HugoStiglitz

April 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

UGA fans bashing Dwyer and trolling the Tech fans during the 6th round of the draft has to be one of the saddest things I have ever seen. You guys really need to get lives.

Triple Option Back

April 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

WreckHorn… 8 out of the last 9. Stings doesn’t it?

WreckHorn

April 24th, 2010
2:21 pm

The bullpup fans here should know how unreliable draft selections and h.s. recruiting really are in measuring a player’s potential talent. They were, after all, the preseason No. 1 a couple of years ago, before swirling down the toilet. Of course we thought Dwyer would go higher, but he will go where he goes.

Keith

April 24th, 2010
2:21 pm

That’s right Matt, UGA does run this state. Don’t be sad. Tech will beat UGA again in another 8 years or so. It sure must suck to be a Tech fan. Everything about it. The women, the campus, the high school stadium, the CRIME everywhere, etc. What a bummer.

Keith

April 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

Regarding first round draft picks in the past 10 years, UGA has 10, which leads the SEC. Nerds.

WreckHorn

April 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

TOB: Actually, tob, you are hilarious in your pathetic appearance here so anything you attempt to say is more comical than stinging. Now, I imagine that Uga 7’s behind would sting a good bit if he was still alive while you were doing him in your sister’s bedroom (she’s such a fluffer), but as it is, Russ the Painted Mascot will have to take the butt of your little joke this year.