UConn Huskies Shine At NFL Combine…

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Here’s a look at how they did in the big events.

The cornerbacks worked out today and for UConn that means Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Linebacker Sio Moore and defensive end Trevardo Williams put up some serious numbers during their drills on Monday.

More on that in a minute.

Gratz tied for first among corners in the bench press with 22 reps. He also ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash which was 14th best among corners. Gratz was fifth in the vertical jump with a leap of 38 inches. Gratz tied for 12th in the Broad Jump 10 feet, 5 inches.

Wreh-Wilson was fourth in the Broad Jump, 10′ 8″.  The two-time Huskies captain ran a 4.53 40 and had 14 reps on the bench press and got up 36.5″ in the vertical.

On Monday, Moore finished fifth in the 40 (4.65), was second in the bench press (29) for his position, was third in the vertical jump (38″) and was fourth in the broad jump (10-7). NFL analyst Mike Mayock working the combine called Moore’s measurables “freakish.”

Williams, high right ankle sprain and all, was tops among the defensive linemen in the 40 (4.57) and in the vertical jump (38 inches),was third in the Broad Jump (10’4″) and was tied for fifth with 30 reps on the bench.

Nice job by the Huskies. Get another chance at March 27 Pro Day on campus. Scouts from the NFL teams come in for a closer look and good look at those who didn’t go to the Combine but have NFL aspirations no less..

DC

 

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10 thoughts on “UConn Huskies Shine At NFL Combine…

  1. Jesse

    Seeing the numbers and success at the combine, makes me proud to be a UConn fan. Keep up the good work guys!

  2. Jerry

    The four players named were all on defense. Most of UCONN’s issues this season were due to the lack of offense, which caused the defense to be on the field a lot, and wear down.

    Mr. Steve Mariucci may not have been aware of this. Yet, there are some unanswered questions about HC PP.

      1. Dave

        There weren’t any offensive players invited due in part to the completely disasterous schemes the offense tried to run the past two years- too much wallpapering going on.

        Over the past several years Uconn has routinely had both offensive and defensive players develop, get drafted and play. Donald Thomas (a walk-on), Will Beatty are both playing significant minutes on the Oline. Jordan Todman, Anthony Sherman and Donald Brown as RB’s. Easley as a WR. Even Zach Hurd, Keith Gray and Kash have stuck on the practice squads.

        It’s a highly unlikely coincidence that the offensive talent level completely bottomed out when DeLeone moved to a zone blocking scheme and tried to install the wildcat. The offensive ineptitude is a direct reflection of a coach wanted to wallpaper stucco walls (or, trying to fit a square peg in a round hole).

        Taking away the offensive line duties from Foley and giving it to GDL last year and this upcoming season is PP’s call. He just needs to be aware that his friendship and loyalty will put him in the unemployment line if Uconn has a third straight 5-7 season.

        All of us Uconn fans are proud of how well the defensive players have performed at the all-star games and at the combine.

        It just makes many of us even more disturbed at how little the coaching on the offensive side of the ball helped out the defense.

        1. dconner Post author

          @Dave are we sure thats why, in part, they weren’t invited? That sounds like an opinion which is fine. I just don’t think it’s factual. Keep in mind now that the offensive schemes UConn runs are straight from the NFL. All schemes Im sure they would appreciate the players who get there have some knowledge of… So scheme, wouldn’t be a problem, not even in part. Opinion? Sure…

          1. Dave

            Yes, it’s my opinion and there’s no way to prove or disprove how well the offense would have performed in a different system.

            As for using a zone blocking scheme to better prep the linemen for the NFL, all I can say is that Foley’s system worked for Beatty and Thomas, and get other linemen invites in to camp and on to practice rosters. And no one on the current line, after two years, is appearing on anyone’s NFL radar.

  3. Paul

    I saw some of the NFL network coverage today with DG and BWW. They both got a lot of praise from the NFL commentators including Deion Sanders aka Leon Sandcastle! They were saying how they were all impressed with all of the UConn kids and the talent they have. They even heaped a little praise on PP, but it all came back to reality when Steve Mariucci said the only question I have is: “if PP had all this talent how come he couldn’t win?” Ouch!

  4. John

    Dez,

    Great work by these guys. Do you think a guy like Sio who put up such great numbers, takes a pass on pro day in Storrs? Is that even possible? Thanks,John

    1. dconner Post author

      @John….Im not sure but I don’t think any UConn player who went to the Combine did nothing at Pro Day, they did something, drills, position work. His numbers look good and are locked. So I don’t think he’s going to hurt himself before the draft….

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