INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Sio Moore of Connecticut works out during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The NFL Combine is officially behind us and the participants will all be working out between now and their respective pro days. But with nearly a month before scouts descend on Storrs to see Trevardo Williams, Sio Moore, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz (as well a Ryan Griffin, who wasn't invited to Indy last week), we thought we'd take a look back at how well this grouped performed.
Not surprisingly, the four players representing UConn at the combine weren't well known by a lot of people who didn't spend the fall watching Big East football. But after a week in shorts and t-shirts (and a solid showing at the Senior Bowl for Moore), opinions are changing.
NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock was impressed by Moore during the Senior Bowl, and after the former UConn linebacker ran a 4.65 40 at the combine and put up just-as-impressive numbers in other drills, Mayock projected Moore as a second-round pick. Not bad for a guy who only got a Senior Bowl invite because another player dropped out due to injury.
As for Gratz, who blazed a 4.47 40 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 22 times, Mayock said (via CTNews.com's Chris Elsberry) “There is a buzz about him. He is moving up the draft boards.” Mayock also called Gratz, a “great character guy.”
And NFL media scout Jayson Braddock added: “DBs are always the most fun for me to watch at the combine. Dwayne Gratz had some of the most fluid footwork, reminded me of Brandon Harris.”
Harris played at the University of Miami before the Texans drafted him in the second round in 2011.
Wreh-Wilson, meanwhile, is what Mayock likes to call a "height, weight, speed guy." At 6-1, 195 pounds, and with 4.53 speed, Wreh-Wilson has the prototypical measurables NFL teams look for to combat the bigger, more physical wide receivers.