Jacksonville Jaguars Add Dwayne Gratz To Secondary In NFL Draft

By Joey Farbo
Connecticut Dwayne Gratz
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A very thin Jacksonville Jaguars secondary likely got two new starters on Friday night during the NFL Draft.

The Jaguars added Connecticut cornerback Dwayne Gratz in the third round and will likely be penciled in as a starter for a team with a depleted secondary. Gratz fits the mold of the long athletes that Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley likes with his cornerbacks.

Gratz is a physical corner who plays well in press coverage and has the athleticism to hang with receivers down the field. He is also a very smart player who does not overcommit looking for the big play or hit. With the proper coaching, some believe that Gratz has a chance to become a very good corner moving forward.

The Jaguars came into the draft with a massive need for some starting caliber players in the secondary and they filled that need on the second night of the draft. Gratz will likely be penciled in as a starter at cornerback opposite of free agent signing Alan Ball or second-year corner Mike Harris. The Jaguars second round pick, safety Jonathan Cyprien, will likely start at strong safety opposite of veteran Dwight Lowery.

The Jaguars will not pick until the first pick of the fourth round on Saturday afternoon now and the way things are going, they will have a chance to again look at the quarterback position. Teams have not reached for quarterbacks in this draft like they have in past years, so there is a chance they could take a flier on one on day three of the draft.

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