Should Michael Dyer Enter The Supplemental Draft?
By Matt LaPan
The 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft is scheduled for July 11. Although the Supplemental Draft seldom produces great NFL talent, it has seen a recent string of selections that have either been high profile players or actual good NFL talent.
This year, the focus could be on running back Michael Dyer. He would prefer to continue his collegiate career, but right now Dyer is having trouble finding a team that will accept him following multiple off-field issues.
Dyer's journey has been one of the more fascinating sagas in recent memory, possibly even more than 2013 draft pick Tyrann Mathieu. Dyer was one of the most sought-after recruits coming out of Little Rock Christian Academy, being ranked by many scouting services as a 5-star recruit. He went on to sign with Auburn, where, as a true freshman in 2010, Dyer was a second-team freshman All-American and was a key contributor in the Tigers' national championship run, being named Offensive MVP of the BCS Championship.
Dyer continued his success in 2011 with an impressive regular season at Auburn, compiling over 1,200 yards before Auburn shocked the country by suspending him before the Chick-fil-A Bowl and eventually dismissing him from his scholarship.
Following his dismissal, Dyer found a home at Arkansas State with Gus Malzahn, the offensive coordinator at Auburn during Dyer's stay. Dyer was subject to NCAA transfer rules, forcing him to sit out the 2012 season but it would not matter. Shortly after arriving at Arkansas State, Dyer was involved in a traffic stop that involved a gun and allegedly drugs. This incident led to Dyer's dismissal from Arkansas State, after a very long, awkward and public process.
From there, Dyer attended Arkansas Baptist College, where he did not play football but earned a two-year degree. At the moment, he is not enrolled anywhere, despite multiple efforts to find a place to play in 2013.
So, the question looms for Dyer: Hope to latch on with a college team or enter the Supplemental Draft and hope an NFL team takes a risk on him?
Dyer was once a key cog in a national champion offense. He's a small, shifty, powerful back with all the skills that teams look for in a smaller back. As noted in the Football.com early 2014 running back rankings, Dyer will look to make a Honey Badgeresque return to football. Check back with Football.com for updates on Dyer's decision as the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft approaches.