Three Huskies Talk About Being Picked In 3RD Round Of ’13 Draft

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UConn Athletic Communications — April 26, 2013 — UConn NFL Draft Quotes

Dwayne Gratz, Jacksonville Jaguars Cornerback

Description of waiting to be drafted:

“I was very nervous not knowing where I could end up. We haven’t played since December 1, so I’ve just wanted to get back on the field. It was a long process and I was just waiting for it to be over with.”

On prospect of going to Jacksonville:

“[Jacksonville] came to [UConn] to work me out and I knew that they really believed in my abilities to grow as a player and a person. I’m looking forward to going out there and playing again.”

On where he fits as a NFL cornerback:

“Right now, [Jacksonville] needs help at the cornerback position, so if they’re looking for someone to come in and compete as a starter, I consider myself becoming a starter soon. I’m going to compete and continue what I’ve been doing, which is working hard. I think I’ll be in a good position and everything will work out.”

What it was like to see Sio Moore and Blidi Wreh-Wilson drafted soon after:

“It was very exciting. We put in a lot of work playing for UConn for five years. We all wanted to see each other go and it didn’t matter who went first or last.”

Sio Moore, Oakland Raiders Linebacker

Thoughts of being a third round pick:

“You never know what’s going to happen in these situations. People say a lot of things and you can get your hopes up, but for me it’s what I’m used to. I always have a chip on my shoulder. The whole process has reinforced the entire thing. I’m glad to be a part of [the Oakland Raiders].”

Reaction to Gratz getting drafted:

“I was happy, man. That’s like my brother right there. It was just a blessing for him to pave the way for his future. There’s nothing I can do, but feel happy for Dwayne and I’m glad he got the opportunity.”

On finding out he was being taken by the Raiders:

“I just saw that it was a California area code and knew that they had a couple of picks. The GM, Reggie McKenzie, asked if I wanted to be a Raider and I said, ‘you’re dog-gone right’.”

On feeling anxious as the draft went on:

“After New York and Chicago had gone in the second round because I had met with Chicago the day before the draft and I thought that was going to be a sure thing. It didn’t happen and I’m just glad that the right organization picked me.”

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Tennessee Titans Cornerback

On the waiting process:

“Minutes go by long…I’m not going to lie. My agent gave me a range [where I would be drafted] and I went in the range that they gave me, so I knew it was coming my way. Once I saw seven [Dwayne] and three [Sio] go, I knew seven [Blidi] was coming soon.”

On Tennessee’s level of interest:

“They had told me that they were disappointed that I didn’t work out for them. I thought that the pro day was the best way for me to show what I can do. At the end of the day they picked me and I’m just glad that they did.”

On being close with Dwayne Gratz and Sio Moore:

“We came in and we all were impact freshmen. Our redshirt-freshmen year, Sio had a heck of a year, Dwayne had a good year and I had a pretty good year. It was crazy that we all went so close in the draft. We all went third round and we all went to good teams.”

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