Jaguars draft UConn CB Dwayne Gratz in 3rd round
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected Connecticut cornerback Dwayne Gratz in the third round of the NFL draft.
The Jaguars chose Gratz with the 64th overall selection, adding the 5-foot-11 defender to coach Gus Bradley's press-coverage scheme.
Gratz was a three-year starter at UConn. He started 39 games, finishing with 189 tackles, 30 pass breakups and eight interceptions.
He will compete for a starting job on a rebuilding team that parted ways with its top three cornerbacks from last season - Derek Cox, Aaron Ross and Rashean Mathis. The Jaguars wanted to revamp the position with aggressive, pressing cornerbacks who often get left in one-on-one coverage.
Jacksonville chose Gratz over former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu, saying they had ''Honey Badger'' slated for a later round.