Friday, April 26, 2013
Dwayne Gratz helps Jaguars restock at CB
By Paul Kuharsky
The Jacksonville Jaguars spent a second consecutive pick on their defensive backfield with their third-rounder, 64th overall, on UConn cornerback Dwayne Gratz.
Scouts Inc. gives him a three out of five in coverage skills:
Possesses quick feet and good short-area quickness. However, has some tightness in his hips and ankles particularly when matched up in off man coverage. Most effective in press technique when having man coverage responsibilities. He's physical at the line of scrimmage to disrupt receivers release and shows ability to open and mirror in trail technique. Shows good balance with hips faced toward quarterback in zone coverage. Closing burst is above-average and can make up ground when the ball is in the air. Flashes an extra to recover when caught in trail technique.
He’s added to a less than stellar, hardly proven group of corners: Alan Ball, Kevin Rutland, Mike Harris and Antwaun Molden.
He’s 5-foot-11, weighs in about 201 and ran a 4.44, so he does fine in the height-weight-speed departments.
Pro Football Weekly says he draws comparisons to the Packers Casey Hayward, who’s coming off an excellent rookie season.