The tweet said everything.
According to Sio Moore — LB-23 — at the just-completed 2013 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, the UConn linebacker tweeted that he’d “left it all on the field.” And looking at his numbers, indeed he did.
In the combine’s seven testing events Monday — the 40-yard dash, the bench press, the vertical jump, the broad jump, the 3-cone drill, the 20-yard shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle — Moore placed in the top 15 in every event. He was rated as a “top performer” in the 40-yard dash (tied for 11th), the bench press (sixth), the vertical jump (tied fifth) and the broad jump (tied fourth). He ran a 4.65 40, did 29 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press, had a 38-inch vertical leap and jumped 10 feet, 7 inches in the broad jump.
So impressive were his numbers that on NFL.com, analyst Mike Mayock said that Moore’s combine “was strong” and that he was now “projecting as a second-round pick.”
Three other Huskies also participated in the NFL combine: defensive end Trevardo Williams of Bridgeport Central on Monday and cornerbacks Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz on Tuesday.
Due to a lingering ankle injury, Williams, LB-54, only took part in four events, the 40-yard dash, the bench press, the vertical leap and the broad jump. Williams was rated as a top performer in three of the four, the 40-yard dash (4.57 seconds, second), the vertical leap (38 inches, second) and the broad jump (10 feet, 4 inches, tied 3rd). He also managed 30 reps in the bench press.
Gratz, CB-14, was a top performer in all six events he participated in. He tied for first among all cornerbacks with 22 reps in the bench press, finished 14th at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, was fifth with a 38-inch vertical leap, tied for 12th with a 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump, was third in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.70 seconds and was 11th in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.15 seconds.
When asked about Gratz by @InsideNFLMedia, Mayock said, “There is a buzz about him. He is moving up the draft boards.” Mayock also called Gratz, a “great character guy.”
NFL media scout Jayson Braddock, wrote: “DBs are always the most fun for me to watch at the combine. Dwayne Gratz had some of the most fluid footwork, reminded me of Brandon Harris.”
And this from Alfie Crow, editor-in-chief of SB Nation Tampa Bay: “Dwayne Gratz is interesting. Good size/speed. Going to have to watch him. That UConn defense had some athletes.”
Wreh-Wilson, DB-60, ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and had a 6.97-second timing in the 3-cone drill. He was ranked as a top performer in the bench press (tied 12th) with 14 reps, tied for ninth in the vertical jump at 36 inches, tied for fourth in the broad jump at 10 feet, 8 inches, was ninth in the 20-yard shuttle at 4.12 seconds and was sixth in the 60-yard shuttle at 11.56 seconds.
“The combine was an amazing opportunity,” Wreh-Wilson tweeted late Tuesday night. “Can’t wait to touch that pillow.”
In addition, Moore also tweeted about the experience, saying, “I’m glad we have great guys representing our school” and “UConn football is on the map, people.”