Former Auburn Running Back Michael Dyer Transferring, 2013 Draft Stock Rising

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterJuly 18, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers is tackled by Vinnie Sunseri #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer may be on the move again.

After being released from scholarship at Auburn, Dyer landed at Arkansas State under his former offensive coordinator and Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn. Now that's rumored to be changing.

According to two sources within the Pittsburg State University football program in Pittsburg, Kan., Dyer is headed to Division II, where he will likely be able to play in 2012 under NCAA transfer rules.

The NFL draft is within sight for Dyer, who will be three years removed from his high school graduation in time for the 2013 NFL draft, but rehabilitating his draft stock will be the focus here.

Dyer follows a similar situation as former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was kicked off the Gators football team and landed at North Alabama, where he was able to play for one season before heading to the NFL—where he became an early second-round pick of the St. Louis Rams.

Like Jenkins, Dyer's desire is to keep his draft stock high by remaining in action.

Pitt State may not be Auburn, but it did take home the Division II national championship last season and will give Dyer a marquee small-school platform to play for. The talent level isn't great, and Dyer will have the ability to produce large numbers, which will keep his name in the headlines throughout the season.

The 2012 draft featured several high selections of Division II products, notably Jenkins and guard Amini Silatolu (another second-rounder). Making the jump from D-II to the NFL isn't impossible, especially when playing for a relatively high-profile program such as Pitt State. 

The key for Dyer is playing well enough to get an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine. If he can produce, and if Pitt State makes another playoff run, Dyer's chances of going from preseason top 50 player to 2013 NFL draft pick are great.

If the Little Rock, Ark., native can match his 1,242 yards from 2011 and put up the same type of impact he did during the national championship game from the 2010 season, Dyer will put Pitt State on the map (again) in 2012 and rehabilitate his stock as a legitimate feature back at the next level.

The bottom line for Dyer is that if he wants to play in the NFL next year, he needs to transfer and get on the field as soon as possible.


Update: As of Thursday night, sources close to Dyer say the running back is reconsidering his intentions to transfer. Arkansas State has scheduled a press conference for Friday at 1pm to discuss the back's future.