Sunday, February 17, 2013

Senior Bowl scouting reports on Gratz, Wreh-Wilson

As promised, here's an update on what Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage, the former general manager of the Cleveland Browns, had to say about former UConn cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Here's what Savage had to say about the UConn CBs in a breakdown of the North cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl.

Blidi has the most height and arm length of this set of corners and both features help him in terms of man coverage. A bit leggy, he can get wide-based in transition when “off”, so he is at his best in press or Cover 2. He is another prospect in this group who will need to prove that he is fast and quick enough on a watch to solidify his draft position as a possible top three round selection.

Dwayne has a rugged, sturdy build and quality ball skills. He projects as a bigger corner for a Cover 2 style defense, or maybe even as a safety in the future. At the line-of-scrimmage, he can disrupt routes with his strength in press, however in pure space, his change-of-direction quickness is questionable. He appears to get stuck in transition due to his wide base and hip stiffness. Still, he recorded two interceptions in three days and competed with toughness all week. Dwayne can have a positive pro career if his drafting team will maximize his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. 

Gratz and Wreh-Wilson will have a chance to impress NFL scouts as the upcoming NFL Combine.  Defensive backs are set to arrive on Saturday with the on-field workouts scheduled for Feb. 26.

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