Should Dwayne Gratz play Safety?

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Explosiveness

There was a great article explaining the combine workouts: “How to measure power and explosion” By Pat Kirwan, posted on NFL.com March 24, 2005. Let me use the principles Mr. Kirwan explained.

There are three workouts that comprise how much pop a player brings to the hit; vertical leap, broad jump and bench press reps. Considering all of the top defensive backs and safeties tested, here is how Dwayne performed:

  • Vertical leap:      38.0”      10th overall
  • Broad Jump:       10.45’    19th overall
  • Bench Press:      22             4th overall

If you add these three numbers together, you have a comparable explosiveness rating. In this metric, Dwayne Gratz had a 70.45 and was the third most powerful defensive backfield rookie tested. Jonathan Cyprien was 9th. Dwayne Gratz has linebacker pop to his stopping power. He has corner back leaping ability.

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