2017 NFL Draft

Dwayne Gratz, CB

School: Connecticut  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Piscataway, NJ
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 201 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: CB: Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut, 5-11, 201, 4.44...Every attentive fantasy football enthusiast will tell you that the ability to pass protect is every bit as important as speed or elusiveness when it comes to projecting which rookie running backs might earn carries each year. In much this same way, tenacity and tackling in run support are often every bit as valued by teams as pure coverage skills at the cornerback position. Gratz, a 41-game starter at UCONN, possesses the all-around game scouts are looking for, showing not only toughness against the run but experience in man and zone coverages and good ball-skills (eight career interceptions), as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/17/2013 - 2013 Connecticut Pro Day: Dwayne Gratz, CB (5-11 3/8, 203) - Gratz stood on all of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the bench press, vertical jump and three-cone drill). Gratz also worked out well in the position drills. He stands at No. 42 in my Hot 100. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/27/2013 - TOP 10 COMPELLING NFL COMBINE STORY LINES: 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 and Blidi Wreh-Wilson, another DB, also looked good. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

12/24/2012 - While the news that defensive coordinator Don Brown was leaving UConn for Boston College was disappointment for the program, there was some good news this week: three players have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl rosters. Cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh Wilson, and defensive end Trevardo Williams will all travel to Mobile, Ala. next month to take part in a week's worth of practices before playing in the All-Star game that also serves a more important purpose: it provides NFL coaches and scouts with a glimpse of this year's crop of draft-eligible prospects. - Ryan Wilson, NBC Connecticut

12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): CB Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut, Sr., Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway, has been selected Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Gratz, a repeat Second Team selection, and Wreh-Wilson were mainstays over their four year careers. Gratz started 41 games, while Wreh-Wilson started 39. Gratz led the Connecticut defense with three interceptions this season, including a 37-yard pick returned for a touchdown in the season opening win over Massachusetts (Aug. 30).

For his career, he totaled eight interceptions for 152 return yards, including a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown against Oklahoma in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. - Connecticut football

06/26/2012 - Top-five Connecticut prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. CB Dwayne Gratz (5-11, 187)...With Wreh-Wilson sidelined for much of the 2011 season, Gratz emerged as UCONN's most reliable cornerback a year ago and therefore will enter this season rated higher than his teammate by some scouts. Like his teammate, Gratz is experienced, having started 29 games already. Gratz isn't flashy but he's a sound football player who is willing to help in run support. Scouts like that while his total tackles dropped a year ago (from 63 in 2010 to 53 a year ago) as offenses shifted their focus towards lesser-experienced defenders, Gratz doubled the number of assisted tackles in 2011 (from nine to 18), showing greater recognition and willingness to get involved in the physical nature of the game. A Second Team All Big East selection a year ago, Gratz has 136 tackles, 22 passes broken up and five interceptions for his career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


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