Jonathan Dwyer will overcome bad pre-draft rumor (UPDATED)

Jonathan Dwyer should be a solid NFL player and will be an early draft pick. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Jonathan Dwyer should be a solid NFL player and will be an early draft pick. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

(Updated below with new information.)

It’s not uncommon in the weeks leading up to NFL drafts that we read and hear rumors — factual, fictional or somewhere in between — that affect a player’s draft stock.

A prime example of this came back in 1983, when rumors of recreational drug use led to Dan Marino not getting drafted until the 27th pick (and the sixth quarterback taken). Even then Steelers coach Chuck Noll admitted years later the team was scared off by the rumors. We’ll never know to what extent the Marino rumors were true, but he went on to become an NFL Hall of Famer.

What happened to Jonathan Dwyer Sunday was something completely different — to say nothing of completely unfair. Fox Sports reported that the Georgia Tech running back was among the high-profile players to fail a drug test at the NFL scouting combine. AJC.com picked up the story, then followed it up later, explaining the drugs actually was prescription medication, which the NFL was aware of.

Dwyer eventually confirmed to our Doug Roberson that he has been taking medication for ADD for several years. That hardly makes him unique in sports — or for that matter, anywhere in the United States.

(UPDATE: Dwyer told Doug Roberson today that, while he informed the NFL well ahead of time of the medication he was taking, one of the league doctors mistakenly did not include him on the exemption list. As a result, Dwyer’s name showed up on the list among those players who tested positive.)

I don’t know Dwyer outside of talking to him after Tech games and on a few other occasions. My impression: a good kid, a smart kid. He’ll be a solid NFL player. It’s unfortunate that his name ever was connected with a negative string of words like “failed drug test.”

When I asked Dwyer’s agent, Adisa Bakari, about pre-draft rumors of players and how it compares to Dwyer’s, he responded: “This is not a conventional story. Typically, there’s a story where there’s something that suggests some culpability on the part of the player, whether it’s marijuana use or steroids or an unknown injury. This story lacks a story. The NFL was aware of it.”

You can understand why Dwyer, his family and his agent might be upset by this.  Fortunately, once his name comes off the board this week, it will quickly be forgotten.

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146 comments Add your comment

All I'm Saying...

April 19th, 2010
9:59 am

Rumors and hear-say have all the credibility of ‘hate’ mail–typically anonymous and ignorant–yet people pass these things along without ever thinking about what they are hearing and/or checking the source. The worst is not only when it is completely baseless but also adversely affects a person’s career opportunities. Let’s hope you are right Schultz as this would be a shameful instance.

Goldenrod

April 19th, 2010
10:04 am

So Dwyer is a druggie…not surprising in the least. Would’nt be surprised if Shaw was too. CPJ better tighten up his ship or season ticket holders like me are gonna jump!

Brian

April 19th, 2010
10:11 am

This happens in the internet era where people can put things online without the need to truly check into the situation, then simply issue a blurb of a mea culpa when it turns out to not be true. The desire to be first and jump on a potentially interesting story line is too much to overcome for some content providers. All that said, good luck to JD in the draft and in his future career.

dawgfan

April 19th, 2010
10:12 am

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ENJOY UR BASEBALL WIN THAT ABSOLUTELY NO BODY CARES ABOUT…..DOG GYMNASTICS IS A BIGGER DEAL.

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bubba in fl

April 19th, 2010
10:14 am

Big to do over nothing. BUT is the Count going to be here this week?

gtbaltfan

April 19th, 2010
10:15 am

Hey, Goldenrod, are you a complete dumba$$ or is it that you just can’t read. It was prescription drug for ADD that Dwyer took for years. Dwyer is not a druggie but you are an illiterate human with no brain.

DAWGSBABY

April 19th, 2010
10:21 am

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((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((8 of 9))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((73-66))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
((((( MY NEPHEWS PEE WEE FOOTBALL LEAGUE>ACC))))))

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norman

April 19th, 2010
10:25 am

Anytime you hear “FOX” sports/news, you know it aint true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 19th, 2010
10:29 am

Well, the nice DAWG fans were on Dougs blog last night being respectfl and understanding. Now Today the Jackass DAWG fans are running their mouth for no reason. Worry about what your QB did o get kicked off the team then get back to us.

GT Fan...

April 19th, 2010
10:42 am

Yo, tool-time … what’s up with all the (((((((((((((( ))))))))))))) ? You’re wasting your time & ours.

hedge puller

April 19th, 2010
10:42 am

Dawgsbaby,
because your sister is that baby mama does not make him your nephew when you are that baby daddy.

jasont13

April 19th, 2010
10:45 am

Piss on a dawg, there are plenty of GT supporters on the UGA blogs being down right disrespectful as well. There are so many on their that have no idea what they are talking about and do not even have their facts strat. Especially about GT having 4 NC’s and UGA 1…..Nope hate to burst their bubble but UGA has 5 NC’s not 1. As for Mett being our QB, no he wasn’t he was a QB listed on the roster. Having one good scrimmage and 25 + bad practices and scrimmages doesn’t constitute being named a starter.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

April 19th, 2010
10:57 am

Amazing what just 2 classless people can do to a comments page. Jeff you probably dodged a bullet here by letting doug pick up this story. You should count your lucky stars I have a feeling Doug is in for one of those crappy mondays. The Orginal story by Fox was weak in a lot of departments, but I did read it and it was pathetic. But having the AJC pick it up was truly sad. I hope this situation reminds everyone at the AJC their responsibility to Atlanta and the whole state of Georgia even on the sports pages.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

April 19th, 2010
10:57 am

how can it be considered a failed drug test if he has a legal prescription, if he has it legally the NFL should never say it was a failed test , I am a DAWG fan but thats just wrong.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 19th, 2010
10:57 am

Dawgs show how STUPID they are when they say things like they have more than one nc and when they think that a last place, two star recruiting, non tournament team can even be mentioned in the same sentence with GT!

4 ncs are better than 1

April 19th, 2010
10:59 am

25-6! MONUMENTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DAWGSBABY

April 19th, 2010
11:00 am

HEY GTFAN…. ASK SAINT SIMONS….oh wait he hasnt been on here in a while mainly because yall havent beat us in anything worth a dam in a long time.

ashley whitehurst

April 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Hey, Goldenrod – good riddance to you for your Dwyer comment.

KG

April 19th, 2010
11:01 am

jason13, you guys have posters, t-shirts, banners and all sorts of other stuff revolving around the “1″ NC title that you rightfully own. It doesn’t cost any more money by UGA to have the other four put on there, so why not? And if you don’t think that Mett was to be the starter in the first game prior to the trouble your crazy! But if you think that you guys have five titles your bound to believe anything!

Delbert D.

April 19th, 2010
11:01 am

Jon Dwyer has shown on numerous occasions that once he is beyond the line of scrimmage he is a tackle-buster with speed. It may take a year as a backup, but I think he is going to make some team and their fans happy.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 19th, 2010
11:05 am

“richt no longer soft on crime at georgia” (((((((CRIME AT GEORGIA))))))) The two go hand in hand, baby!!!!!!!!!!!!! And richt will ALWAYS BE SOFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 19th, 2010
11:05 am

Dwyer will have to be playing for a good team but, he can PLAY the GAME for sure in his first year.
KG thanks for answering Jasont13.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 19th, 2010
11:08 am

Five titles??? REALLY????? Hey man, uh, I got some ocean front property in Arizona, uh, can we talk??? HA! HA! HA!

DAWGSBABY

April 19th, 2010
11:08 am

whats monumental “4ncs are better than 1″ is 8 of the last 9, beating yall on ur home field when it is supposed to be ur best season this decade and our respective worst of the decade, beating your nba-roster basketball team when, once again, it is supposedly your best year in a while and while were in a rebuilding year with a new coach. THAT my friend, is monumental, not some boring baseball game that no one in the country heard about or cares for for that matter.

Hmmmmm!!

April 19th, 2010
11:11 am

UGAs head coach was “once” good enough be an assistant in the ACC.

From ACC “”assistant”" to SEC head coach and at the University of “thUG”A no less.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 19th, 2010
11:13 am

REBUILDING?????!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF ARE YOU REBUILDING FROM????? HAHAHAHA!!!!! JOKE!!!!! THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN SOMETHING TO BEGIN WITH!!!!!!! HAHAHA!!!!!

4 ncs are better than 1

April 19th, 2010
11:15 am

DAWGSBABY: YOU HAVE BEEN REBUILDING FOR YOUR WHOLE EXISTENCE!!!!!!!!

4 ncs are better than 1

April 19th, 2010
11:18 am

ugay baseball is a joke. ugay basketball is a joke. ugay football becoming more of a joke every season!

PMC

April 19th, 2010
11:19 am

Well the good news for Dwyer is that everyone knows Jay Glazer is full of crap and just reports everything he hears.

Dawglasville

April 19th, 2010
11:20 am

It happens. I was hired for a buyers position years ago. I had a root canal and was given a prescription pain pill. I only took 2 of the pills but the second one I took on the day of the drug test for my new job. The only reason I got the kept the job was because I disclosed it. The company said I may have been masking the use of heroine. I certainly don’t look like a runway model.

Amanda

April 19th, 2010
11:21 am

When there is documented proof that he was on exemption lists I wouldn’t call it “hear say” or “Rumors.” Jon Dwyer was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, worked hard as a student while having to overcome the stress of something like ADD, was a great role model to kids in the Atlanta Community Schools and these comments below from the “tech faithful” are negative…. typical tech fan, fair weather friends. I am a tech fan and am ashamed that I would even read the negativity instead of reading blatant support for a player who brought GT status they have not seen in years. RIDICULOUS. Thank you shultz for publishing the update and making the news you report truthful. (even if Jon had to call you personally to get it updated)

db

April 19th, 2010
11:23 am

To all these dog fans here, let me say take care of your own house and quit looking in other’s back yards. How’s that QB competition coming for you these days?

Rudi

April 19th, 2010
11:46 am

A couple of years ago, well maybe three, the AJC would have sent someone to Remerton to dig out the details on this Mettenberger thing.

ugay inbreds go to hell

April 19th, 2010
11:53 am

the ignorance of these ugay inbred fans on here are typical but yet do they think anyone reads their comments? Dwyer will run over people, any NFL team with any brains will go after him immediately. I wish he stayed another year but Anthony Allen will run over people too and it is his time now to get that honor.

ugay outhouse morons

April 19th, 2010
11:56 am

to DAWGSBABY, might want to add an “N” to “damn” you idiot, you inbreds have spelling check to assist you now and you still cannot spell. Go back to that Athens Institute of Outhouses and get your MBA. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

EW

April 19th, 2010
12:03 pm

As a dog fan, I am ashamed that Dwyer has to be subject to this. He is a good kid. The damage is done already. Many made up their mind as the initial story broke. No amount of reverse reporting/retracting will take away what happened…
To think, this kid did ALL the right things, let everyone know up front about the meds, was proactive about doing the right thing…and some idiot doctor and irresponsible reporters tarnish the kids name. Will he be fine? Yeah. Will he still get drafted high? Yeah…but he never should have had to go through this.

JSS

April 19th, 2010
12:04 pm

@P-onaDawg…
See… Why can’t you act like this all of the time instead of throwing Molotov Cocktails like you were on Saturday during the Hawks blog?

Dwyer will be OK, now the Attention Deficit Disorder matter may have some teams looking deeper at the tapes and game logs to see if he paid attention to his assignments consistently.

Big B CH 99

April 19th, 2010
12:09 pm

jason13t, UGA definitely doesn’t even have close to 5 NC’s, not in football anyways. They claim 2, but only one of those (’80) is universally recognized. No one outside of the state of GA recognizes UGA’s other “national title”. And GT does have 4, the most recent being ‘90.

Bubba

April 19th, 2010
12:25 pm

So, after fans blistered the ajc writer and online guy over this story, it turns out it was the NFL doctor’s fault.

REAL Dawg Fan

April 19th, 2010
12:29 pm

Funny how GT fans have the audacity to talk about UGA being criminals when there continues to be straight ignorance on ur campus, have we forgot about the Star Wars geek who attacked the professor with a sword! And yall have no place to talk about a qb, we all remember Reggie Ball LOL! He should have been kicked off just cause he sucked! amongst the other loser qbs ya’ll had. When’s the last time a qb from GT has been drafted? Dont worry I’ll wait. On another note sad to hear about Dwyer, he’s a good dude, his name will clear up in no time. And this post is about football, so why even bring up baseball?! Sad when u have to jump to that.

Ree Roe

April 19th, 2010
12:30 pm

Darn. First he went to Tech & now this. Hopefully, he uses this time to reflect on his poor life choices (Going to Tech & playing for Tech, doing drugs, etc) & emerge from this a stronger & better person. Go Dawgs

-REEspect the Roe!!

GTSteve

April 19th, 2010
12:37 pm

Dawglasville

April 19th, 2010
11:20 am

That reminds me,…I worked for a company one time, that said the drug tests were random…but the only time I was “randomly selected” was shortly after taking 2 weeks off back to back because of sinus surgery.

shane

April 19th, 2010
12:37 pm

Last time I saw stock plummet like this was with Enron. When you play in a high school offense in college you are going to have problems when its NFL time. Plain and simple.

Paddy

April 19th, 2010
12:39 pm

Hey goldenrod, you can’t be a Yellow Jacket season ticket holder! If you can’t read how could you fill out your season ticket application. Now that is the common sense of this issue not your ill-advised comment that points only to you be uneducated and a mean spritited human. The Dr charged with this responsibility was at fault not the player. Have someone re-read this article to you!

shane

April 19th, 2010
12:40 pm

You can tell when the Techies are pissed. They start talking about all those leather helmet National Championships they won before the forward pass was invented.

shane

April 19th, 2010
12:42 pm

National championships

Years in which the Bulldogs finished with a number-one ranking in at least 3 of the final national polls recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame and included in the official NCAA Football Record Book:[10][29]

* 1942 – 11–1 Georgia was chosen as champion by at least half of the recognized polls. Georgia was led by All-Americans Frank Sinkwich and end George Poschner, along with a young back named Charley Trippi. The Bulldogs knocked off 9 consecutive opponents and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Georgia earned a Rose Bowl bid after it blanked Georgia Tech 34–0 in Athens to end the regular season. Georgia then edged UCLA 9-0 in the Rose Bowl

* 1980 – The Bulldogs beat Notre Dame 17–10 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12-0 and claim the National Championship. Notable contributors during the season included Herschel Walker, Buck Belue and Lindsay Scott (Georgia was listed first by AP, Berryman, FACT, FB News, FW, Helms, National Championship Foundation, NFF, Poling, Sporting News & UPI).

Other years in which the Bulldogs finished with a number-one ranking in at least one of the final national polls and included in the official NCAA Football Record Book:[10][29]

* 1927 – With a 9-1-0 record, the Bulldogs were called the “dream and wonder team” and were ranked No. 1 in the nation with one regular season game remaining, but were upset by Georgia Tech by a score of 12-0 at Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.[30] Nevertheless, at the end of the season, Georgia was ranked number 1 in two polls recognized by the NCAA.[31] The Bulldogs were also listed as number 1 in two other polls of the 1927 season, but most recognize Illinois as the 1927 National Champion.[32]
See also: 1927 Georgia Bulldogs football team

* 1946 Georgia went 11-0 and beat North Carolina 20-10 and was proclaimed national champions by one poll recognized by the NCAA.

* 1968 Georgia was chosen by one national poll when they went 9-1-2 losing to Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. Overtime was not allowed in the NCAA yet so Georgia tied with Tennessee and Houston.

I didn’t go to Georgia Tech or anything but isn’t 5 more than 4?

Paddy

April 19th, 2010
12:42 pm

shane, find some new material. That HS offense theory has lost it’s steam. Go Dawgs!

shane

April 19th, 2010
12:46 pm

shane, find some new material. That HS offense theory has lost it’s steam. Go Dawgs!

No it hasnt. Botton line playing in that offense doesnt not prepare you for the NFL. Any dummy can see that.

dawgdawgdawg

April 19th, 2010
12:57 pm

you stay classy, gator

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 19th, 2010
12:59 pm

Shane git say Thank you to the 80 TECH team for making Notre Dame kick a field goal late in the 4th quarter to Let UGA in the National Championship Game to play Notre Dame and not Pitt vs ND.