Wednesday, February 27, 2013
UConn combine performances no surprise
By Andrea Adelson
Lo and behold, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay declared that former UConn standouts Trevardo Williams and Sio Moore had some of the most impressive workouts of anybody at the recently concluded combine.
They were not the only Huskies who posted eye-catching numbers in Indianapolis. Cornerbacks Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz were also among the top performers at their position, making the annual event a big one for UConn.
Of course, none of that comes as a surprise to those who watched these guys play. Williams led the Big East in sacks two straight years. Moore has been an all-star game/combine darling among analysts and improved his draft stock more than anyone in the league during this process. Both were first-team Big East selections in 2012. Wreh-Wilson and Gratz made the second team.
Interestingly enough, Wreh-Wilson checks in at No. 25 in the most recent Scouts Inc. ranking of the Top 32 players available for the draft. He is the highest rated Big East player.
Now all this news is great, but it probably also stings Huskies fans just a little, knowing this defense produced so many NFL-ready players but could not overcome the offensive ineptitude that has plagued this team two years straight. Counting former defensive lineman Kendall Reyes -- a second-round pick last year -- UConn will have five draft picks on defense in this two-year span.
UConn has never had that many defensive players selected in the draft in consecutive years.
Here is a quick look at the top numbers each player produced at the combine. The ranking represents how they did as part of their position group.
- 40-yard dash: 4.47
- Vertical jump: 38 inches, T. No. 10
- Bench press: 22, No. 4
- 3-cone: 6.7, No. 5
- 40-yard dash: 4.65, No. 5
- Vertical: 38 inches, No. 3
- Bench press: 29 reps, No. 2
- Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches, No. 4
- 3-cone drill: 7.49, No. 15
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.31, No. 8
- 40-yard dash: 4.57, No. 1
- Vertical: 38 inches, No. 1
- Bench press: 30 reps, T. No. 5
- Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches, No. 4
- 40-yard dash: 4.53
- Broad jump: 10 feet, 8 inches, No. 8
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.12, No. 15
- 60-TD shuttle: 11.56, No. 7