NFL Draft Spotlight: Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami (Fla.)

by Cory J. Bonini on April 16, 2010 @ 18:00:00 PDT

 


A former Miami Hurricanes basketball forward, Jimmy Graham converted to football and contributed mainly as a red zone threat at tight end. His lone NCAA football season concluded with a stat line of 17 receptions for 213 yards and five receiving touchdowns.

Strengths

  • Miami (Fla.) TE Jimmy Graham
    Graham has elite potential at a discount
    Size: 6-foot-6 3/8, 262 pounds
  • Tremendous upside
  • Extremely athletic
  • Hard worker
  • Great attitude
  • Fantastic in jump-ball situations - good body control
  • Fluid, agile runner - yards-after-catch threat
  • Respectable hands

Weaknesses

  • Raw, inexperienced
  • Very poor blocker - lacks consistency and fundamental mechanics
  • Below-average vision and field awareness
  • Tends to hear footsteps over the middle
  • Lack of a second gear

Expected draft placement

Graham is a high-upside project. He'll need to put in long hours and be molded by a quality coaching staff. We suspect a few years behind a veteran tight end and Graham could become an upper-echelon starter in the NFL. Expect to hear his name called in the early third, if not a tad sooner.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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