Scouting Report: Jimmy Graham

Written by Will Spencer on April 24, 2010




Jimmy Graham


Position: TE School: Miami
Height: 6’6 1/8" Weight: 260 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53

Overall Grade:

5.71

Draft Projection:

3rd-4th Round Fringe


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 7.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 6
Athletic Ability 8 8
Durability 8 6
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 0.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 8.5


Tight Ends Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Blocking 8 2.5
Hands 8 4
Route Running/Separation 8 4.5
Red Zone Threat 8 6.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Very fast and athletic pass catcher that can stretch the defense. Should be able to find the seams and get behind linebackers in coverage at the next level. Overall athletic player with a lot of upside. Not afraid of working the middle of the field and won’t get alligator arms. Does a nice job after the catch.

Weaknesses

Very raw at this point. Doesn’t appear to be a natural pass catcher as he uses his body much too often. Route running needs a lot of work and getting off of any type of jam rarely happens right now. A project. Not much of a blocker. Unsure what his dedication to football will be.

Analysis

Graham is a very raw tight end project that many are excited about. He’s athletic and a former basketball player, which will automatically draw comparisons to Antonio Gates. However, he has a lot to learn about running routes and doesn’t appear to be a natural pass catcher. He had a chance to really shine at the Senior Bowl but was unable to stand out, even among tight ends with less potential. Needs to go to a team where he won’t have to start, but could get on the field for certain packages as he will be able to stretch the field.

Experience

Has only played one year of football and was not the full-time starter in that year.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a

Academics

Double major in management and marketing at Miami.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2009 62 829 13.4 35 8






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.