One of the things I most look forward to each season for football and football cards is the Rookie Premiere that Topps sponsors each season.  I decided to look back on last year’s version and see where the players are now.  I am going from lowest draft pick to highest, so my first victim is Jon Dwyer.

Where was he from:

Drafted in the 6th round (188th pick) by the Steelers out of Georgia Tech.  As a junior he led the ACC in rushing with 1395 yards and 12 TDs.  He was going to be a pre-season All American the next year but opted to play in the NFL.  He didn’t blow away the scouts at the combine or on his pro day.  It didn’t help that he tested positive for amphetamines (for his ADD) during the combine.  He slipped all the way to the 6th round where I had thought the Steelers got a steal (no pun unintended).

What he has done:

Up to week 7 of this season not a whole lot.  He played in one game and rushed for 28 yards on 9 carries in 2010 and up until week 5 he hadn’t entered a game this year.  But on week 5 against the Titans he put up 107 on 11 carries (including a 76 yard romp early).  He played the next game as well but only 2 rushes for 8 yards.

His future:

For the time being Rashard Mendenhall is the guy in Pittsburgh.  Jonathan sits 4th on the depth chart behind Isaac Redmond and Mewelde Moore.  I don’t think he is going to get much playing time in Pittsburgh unless those above him get moved next season or get injured (as in week 5).  His best bet would be to find a job in a backfield that he could compete in (Seattle, Indianapolis, New England).

Do you have any of his cards? What do you think he is capable of? Will he succeed in the NFL? 

2 responses »

  1. No Good Card Shops in New Orleans says:

    I actually pulled this card you have listed…was surprised how much the book value was…as soon as I listed it on ebay I got a lot of interest and it sold quickly. I guess a lot of people have high hopes for him, or maybe they were just die hard steelers fans.

  2. I’m a big fan of Dwyer, but I’m certainly not rooting for his success as long as he is lining up in Back, and Gold. I think the kid is a very underrated talent, and could fly under the radar until he finds another home. The Steelers have an amazing talent in Isaac Redman, I’ve been watching him since middle school, and he has all the talent in the world. But he hasn’t been given a chance yet to feature in Pittsburgh, other then filling in when Mendenhall is hurt. If Redman can’t find time, that pretty much explains Dwyer’s situation as well. He definitely could catch on somewhere eventually, but I think it’s more likely that it doesn’t happen in Pittsburgh, unless there are injuries or he really impresses in practice.

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