Draft Profile: Jimmy Graham

NAME – Jimmy Graham.

Position – Tight end.

College – Miami (FL), earned double degree in marketing and management, graduating in May ’09.

Status – Senior.

Size/Weight – 6-6¼, 260 pounds.

Important numbers – 4.53 in 40-yard dash, 15 reps with 225 pounds in bench press, 38.5-inch vertical jump, 10-feet in broad jump.

College career – Played four years of basketball for the Hurricanes before he hit the football field. Graham played 120 basketball games, and was known more for his defense; he finished with 104 career blocks. He averaged 4 points and 4 rebounds per game. Graham did not play football for seven years, from his freshman year in high school to last season at Miami.

Stats of note – in 13 games, Graham had 17 catches for 213 yards and five touchdowns. The first catch of his college career went for a score against Georgia Tech.

STRENGTHS – tremendous athlete, with good speed for a man his size … he has very good body control and plays with aggression … very soft hands with the ability to snatch the ball in the air … he will run through arm tackles and with his long strides can get separation from defenders.

WEAKNESSES – lack of football experience showed up during last season … tries hard in blocking, but has problems getting the job done consistently, especially on the run … fought through the drops but still sometimes loses focus on the ball in flight.

THE RIGHT 53? – Graham has overcome so much in his life that it’s hard to imagine that any coach wouldn’t want to have him on the roster. He was abandoned by his father at birth and his mother when he was a teenager. At the age of 15 he was adopted by a woman he met in church and she directed him towards a college education. He’s a very good person, student and athlete.

What he said – “I think I have the ability to stretch the field. I’m very fast, and very big, I think my strength is catching the ball and scoring touchdowns. I think my weakness is my technique on blocking. But I’m getting better and better, each snap, each practice.”

End game – Upside potential with this young man makes one think of Antonio Gates with the Chargers. Remember that Gates did not play any college football, so Graham is one-year ahead of that example. He has similar physical skills as Gates, but he also needs time to develop to play the pro game. Graham turned down a chance to play pro basketball in Europe to give football a shot.

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – On that sheer upside, it is likely Graham is on their board. Whether they have the time to develop him – and it will take a couple seasons – is another matter. Should he slip into the fourth or fifth round, Graham would be a worthy choice.

3 Responses to “Draft Profile: Jimmy Graham”

  • April 2, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Bob, I seriously appreciate that your article on this young man contained no Tony G comparisons.

    Thanks again for your work on these player profiles. As someone who doesn’t follow college football too seriously…these are a big help to me.

  • April 2, 2010  - Anon says:

    I’ve spent a lot of time at the U. of Miami. I’m close to people who know Jimmy. He’s a terrific kid who is loved by his friends and teammates. Nobody works harder. As you mentioned, he’s a terrific athlete. With that combination, some NFL team will undoubtly give him a shot to develop. If anyone can make this transition, my $ is on Jimmy.

  • April 2, 2010  - Anonymous says:

    Sounds like cottam. Big fast needs to work on blocking.

    Well he will probably be one of our TE selections this draft.

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