So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
@Walter I don't see how you think Fitz is "fine" there, given the fact you pointed out Palmer's diminishing arm strength and generally not liking older players. I get he's produced with awful QBs and they're not running him deep anymore, but even so, the point you made about AP apply even more to Fitz. Bad pick
These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
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Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
Height: 6-1. Weight: 195. Arm: 32 1/2. Arm: 8 3/4. 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 3/30/13: Like Taylor, Wreh-Wilson has had an upward trend with his draft stock and could be considered late in the first round.
The big Huskies corner had a productive week at the Senior Bowl. However, he looks best for a zone system in the NFL. Wreh-Wilson recorded 46 tackles with one interception and nine passes broken up as a senior. He had 37 tackles with seven passes batted and two interceptions in 2011. His best production came as a sophomore when he totaled four interceptions with 57 tackles and five passes broken up. Wreh-Wilson was solid, but unspectacular, at the Combine.
Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut
Height: 6-1. Weight: 245. Arm: 33.58. 40 Time: 4.65. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/6/13: Moore helped his draft stock by performing well at the East-West Shrine and the Senior Bowl. He showed nice speed, instincts and a physical nature. The senior totaled 72 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and 11 passes broken up this year.
2012 was Moore's third straight quality season for Connecticut. He finished 2011 with 86 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, six passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He had 110 tackles with an interception, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, one pass broken up and two forced fumbles as a sophomore.
Moore demonstrated a serious combination of strength and speed at the Combine. He is a good sleeper linebacker who could develop in the NFL.
Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
Height: 5-11. Weight: 201. Arm: 30 7/8. Hand: 10 1/2. 40 Time: 4.47. Projected Round (2013): 2-4. 3/30/13: Gratz was one of the Combine's most impressive cornerbacks. He had a good 40 time, did well in the field drills and showed some power in the bench press. Gratz has really helped himself since the end of the season. He was solid at the Senior Bowl and clearly is a hard worker who puts in the preparation time.
Gratz totaled 53 tackles with 11 passes broken up, three interceptions and a forced fumble this year. He is a solid cover corner who also plays the run well. Gratz had three interceptions and 53 tackles in 2011.
Trevardo Williams, OLB, Connecticut
Height: 6-1. Weight: 241. Arm: 32. Hand: 9 1/4. 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2013): 3-4. 4/6/13: Williams played well overall in 2012. He picked up 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The one game in which the senior didn't have an impact was against Rutgers.
Williams was a workout warrior at the Combine with a fast 40 time and a good total on the bench press (30 reps). The issue for him is his future postion. He is a natural 3-4 outside linebacker, but is undersized for that position. Williams may have to play in a 4-3 in the NFL.
8/30/12: Williams came out of nowhere to be one of the most prolific pass-rushers in college football in 2011. He racked up 12.5 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, 43 tackles and two forced fumbles. However, almost a third of his sacks came in a four-sack game against Rutgers.
Williams had 6.5 sacks in his previous two seasons. He also needs to gain weight as he doesn't looks like a 3-4 edge-defender. Williams needs to become more consistent against the run this year, but still produce a quality sack total. Otherwise, he will be labeled a flash-in-the-pan one-year wonder.