Scouting Report-Dwyer really came on the scene last year, when Georgia Tech brought in the option offense. But don't kid yourself, because Dwyer is no gimmick. He's a big, bruising back, who's far more agile than his size would indicate. He can get small when he needs to, so he can get through a crease and because of the offense he works in, he does an excellent job bring patient and setting up his blocks. He runs with a nice forward lean and has a good burst. Now on the downside, Dwyer doesn't have great speed on the field, and won't run away from anyone downfield. Also, he's good at working through arm tackles but doesn't battle like you'd think a player his size would. He also hasn't been featured as a wide out, and doesn't do a lot of juking and jiving in the open field.
Draft Status- After a disappointing bowl game, I honestly expected Dwyer to return to school, but instead he's chosen to throw his hat into a crowded RB ring. With so many teams wanting a thunder/lightning approach to their running game, a big guy like Dwyer could certainly see himself being drafted in the second round.
Final Analysis-I've been on the Dwyer bandwagon since he was a freshman. That was B.O. (Before Option), and you can go back and watch him run, as a backup to Tashard Choice and see that being successful out of a traditional offense is well within his skill set. With a big back like this, you take the bad with the good. His weight could be an issue and he might be well served to play at 220 instead of 235, but I don't care as much about that. Dwyer has a ton of upside, and he's one of those guy that slips a little in the draft, gets on a team that knows how to use him, and has a long productive career. He gets chunks of yards, scores a lot of touchdowns, and while nothing about him stands out like Spiller's speed, he does everything you want out of a running back and does it well.
Reminds me of: Larry Johnson, RB Cincinnati Bengals-Minus the attitude by the way. I mean in terms of football skills and physical type only. Neither guy plays quite as stout as their mass would indicate, but tackle to tackle they can gash teams and they can turn the corner and run on you too. Both guys have a nose for the endzone and neither work a ton in the passing game.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy