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Three Huskies Taken in 3rd Round of 2013 NFL Draft

All of the NFL mock drafts had either Blidi Wreh-Wilson or Sio Moore being the first players drafted from the UConn Huskies football team. Some even thought that it would happen in the second round.

But on Friday night, the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft came and went without a Husky being drafted. The third round was a different story though.

With the second pick of the third round (64th overall), the Jacksonville Jaguars selected CB Dwayne Gratz. Two picks later at No. 66, the Oakland Raiders took Moore. And to top it off, the Tennessee Titans selected Wreh-Wilson with the 70th overall pick.

Three Huskies in seven picks. Not too shabby. It's also the first time in school history that both of UConn's starting cornerbacks were taken in the NFL Draft.

In Jacksonville, who by the way just got some new uniforms, Gratz will have a chance to play with an old friend in Jordan Todman. And in Oakland, Moore will get a chance to play with former Husky Tyvon Branch.

In four years with the Huskies, Gratz played in 50 games making 189 tackles with 10 of them coming for a loss. He had three career forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight interceptions. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns, one in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. The other one came in the first game of 2012 against the UMass Minutemen.

Moore saw his stock rise during the postseason. He was originally pegged as a late round pick but his play during the weeks of the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl as well as a good NFL Combine lifted his draft stock.

Wreh-Wilson finished his career with 181 career tackles and eight interceptions. He also returned two of them for touchdowns.

We should hear Trevardo Williams name called sometime on Saturday. As for the other draft-eligible Huskies, it's quite possible that Ryan Griffin and Jory Johnson have their names called late in the day. If not expect them and possibly a few others to sign as UDFA's over the days following the draft.

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