Wrapping up the combine: Gratz an eye opener

Connecticut defensive back Dwayne Gratz runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Connecticut defensive back Dwayne Gratz runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

John F. Silver

Former UConn corners Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz did nothing to hurt their stock at the NFL Draft combine on Tuesday.

Gratz put in a terrific outing with a tie for the most of 22 bench presses at the combine with 22. He also flashed some surprising speed with a 4.47 40-time, 14th among all corners with a 38 inch vertical and 10-5 broad jump.

Wreh-Wilson, a coveted big corner at 6-1 and 195 pounds, has freakish long arms and terrific footwork. His combine results include him running a 4.53 40 yard dash, 14 bench press reps at 225-pounds, a 36-5 vertical and 10-8 in the broad jump.

For Gratz, who is 5-11 and 200 pounds, it may have secured a spot in the 7th round draft. Those numbers are much better than I anticipated for Gratz and the combination of speed and athleticism with his cover skills could entice a team earlier than expected.  I always thought of Gratz as a free safety as he reminds me of former UConn star Tyvon Branch, now with the Raiders. Gratz is terific in run support and is a physical player. He has better speed than I thought it appears so maybe corner is the place for him

Connecticut defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Connecticut defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

As far as Wreh-Wilson, he’s generated a ton of buzz already and did nothing to hurt his position. I’ve seen anywhere from a Top 30 prospect to third round, which means he is looking good for the NFL in any event.

The Huskies stood out at the combine with Trevardo Williams and especially Sio Moore opening a lot of eyes. Here’s CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman on UConn:

5. We now know why UConn fielded some formidable defenses. It’s not surprising to see Bama and FSU and LSU players getting attention, but UConn is hardly viewed as a football factory. But the Huskies ranked No. 10 in the nation in total defense, No. 7 in rushing defense and No. 19 in sacks last season despite a 5-7 record. No question former Huskies defensive coordinator Don Brown deserves plenty of credit, but his former players created a lot of buzz in Indy. Trevardo Williams was the fastest DL; Sio Moore, an OLB, was one of the most impressive defensive players and DB Dwayne Gratz clocked a 4.35 40 unofficially andBlidi Wreh-Wilson, another DB, also looked good.

The Huskies will hold Pro Day at UConn on March 27. With the standout performances by the UConn attendees in Indianapolis, it’s looking like it will be well-attended by scouts later next month. That should bode well for other UConn players who aren’t at the combine and will be working out.