Jimmy Graham (MIA) TE; 6'8, 260 lbs
Well it's about that time of the year again, time for me to get into it with half the board about why a TE is the answer for this team ;)
Anyone watch this guy play this past year? I didn't get a chance to see the U play at all. A little A. Gates in this guy here, very intrigued to hear other ppl's views who actually watched his play and speed in game, not just from a measurables perspective.
Fantastic athlete --- Outstanding size with a large, rangy frame --- A terrific leaper --- Fast, quick and agile --- Soft hands --- Great ball skills and body control --- Able to do some damage after the catch --- Very aggressive --- Excellent effort as a blocker --- Still has a ton of upside.
Extremely raw --- Inconsistent and dropped some balls --- Needs to get stronger --- Long ways to go when it comes to technique --- Unrefined as a route runner --- Isn't a dominating blocker --- Average production.
Just one season of college football experience --- Was a member of the Hurricanes basketball team from 2005 - 2008, averaging 4.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks --- Turned down an opportunity to play professionally overseas after his hardwood eligibility was exhausted to give football a try --- Ranked second on the team in touchdown catches in 2009 despite not playing the game since his freshman year of high school --- Has all of the physical tools you look for --- Rare talent who will be drafted based almost solely on potential but has the ability to be a superb all-around tight end at the next level --- Probably won't be "The Next Antonio Gates" but may be the closest thing we've seen yet.
Draft Scout Jimmy Graham News
01/28/10 - SENIOR BOWL RISER: TE Jimmy Graham, Miami: The Hurricanes' established history of churning out tight ends is in good hands with Graham, the ex-basketball player who only returned to the gridiron for his senior season. Graham won't wow you with his pop as a blocker, but he's remarkably smooth running routes and adjusting to poorly thrown passes for a man of his size (6-6, 260) and experience (one year with the Hurricanes). - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com
01/27/10 - Senior Bowl, Tuesday: Miami tight end Jimmy Graham had a phenomenal practice Tuesday, looking extremely fluid as a runner and catching everything in sight. The former Hurricane basketball player left safeties and linebackers without a clue on where or when his cut would come; the out routes and square-ins were equally crisp and strong. That sort of route-running ability for a one-year contributor, and at 6-7, 258 pounds, is rare. Watch for his name to climb up boards all the way to the draft. - Rob Rang and Chad Reuter, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com
He's officially on my radar.. 6'8, former basketball player turned TE... i can name a couple other beasts with this kind of profile