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Former UConn CB Dwayne Gratz Now Signed With Jacksonville – And Rolling

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From The Sports Xchange…

Safety Johnathan Cyprien and cornerback Dwayne Gratz signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are counting on both rookies to help revamp their secondary.

Cyprien was a second-round pick out of Florida International, where he was a four-year letterman and finished his career with 365, 13.5 tackles for loss, a school-record six forced fumbles and seven interceptions.

The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year was rated as the No. 29 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the top strong safety available in April’s draft.

NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang compared Cyprien to Green Bay’s Morgan Burnett and predicted Cyrpien may struggle through some growing pains in coverage but should develop into one of the league’s top young safeties before long.

Gratz was selected in the third round out of Connecticut, where he finished his career with 189 tackles, 30 passes defensed and eight interceptions.

Gratz was rated No. 55 overall by NFLDraftScout.com and No. 7 among cornerbacks. He has good size at 5-feet-11 and 201 pounds, but needs to display better route recognition and break on the ball with more explosiveness.

With the Jaguars’ secondary void of its top three cornerbacks from a year ago, Gratz will make a strong bid to step into a starting role as a rookie.

DB Gary Wilburn: Tennessee Titans-Bound

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What’s goin on?

Yes, Gary Wilburn got a call from the Tennessee Titans – well his agent first – he said about 30 minutes after the draft Saturday inviting him in for a free agent tryout.

He’ll start out there May 10.

“It was an unbelievable feeling [when they called], surreal,” Wilburn said by phone a few minutes ago and excited obviously. “I told you I felt like I was one of the better defensive backs in the draft, I felt that and one of the most athletic, too. You know, I watched the whole draft. My agent told me there was a chance I could go in the seventh round and it didn’t happen but I got a call not to long after that.”

Well Wilburn certainly proved he’s an athlete. Those numbers he put up at UConn’s Pro Day were pretty real and he did it front of at least 32 NFL reps who were on hand in Storrs a little over a month ago.

Wilburn  had a 4.46 40, a 39-inch vertical jump, 10-6 on the broad jump and had 24 reps of 225 pounds to lead all participants in three of the four big events.

Many will argue the athleticism did not transfer over to consistent efforts on the field. Wilburn will not.

The eyes don’t lie. What’s on film is what’s on film but… Continue reading