Ray Graham: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Pittsburgh RB
Ray Graham looks to become the next Pittsburgh running back to get drafted, joining the likes of LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis and Rashad Jennings.
While Graham may not be quite as talented as the other Pittsburgh running backs, he still has plenty of potential to be an impact player in the NFL. He's got a good combination of speed, vision and elusiveness to make a contribution early in his career.
Let's take a look at five things you need to know about Ray Graham.
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Full Name: Raymond E. Graham
Birthday: September 18, 1990
Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
High School: Elizabeth High School
Graham was a four-year letterman while in high school. He excelled in each of his four seasons before choosing the University of Pittsburgh over Rutgers and Maryland.
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What's impressive about Ray Graham is that he really did have an impact in each of his four seasons at Pittsburgh. He had a career yards per carry average of 5.5 and rushed for nearly 3,300 yards during his career.
Graham suffered a torn ACL during the 2011 season, but bounced back nicely in his final season to have his best statistical year while at Pittsburgh.
All statistics courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.
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Weight: 199 lbs.
Arm Length: 30-1/4"
Hand Size: 9-5/8"
40-yard dash: 4.80 seconds
Bench press: 18 reps
Vertical jump: 32.5"
Broad jump: 112"
3 cone drill: 7.17 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.63 seconds
Pro Day results
40-yard dash: 4.70 seconds
One of Ray Graham's biggest strengths was thought to be his speed. However, he failed to display that speed at the combine or his pro day.
None of his other performances during drills really stood out, either.
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
All pro day results courtesy of WalterFootball.com.
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It's easy to say you come from a football family, but in Ray Graham's case he really does.
Not only does Graham play football, but his father, Raymond Graham, played football at Purdue. He also has two uncles (Malik and Jamil Jackson) who played football at Rutgers.
His brother, and future pick of the 2013 NFL draft, Khaseem Greene, is a linebacker at Rutgers.
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LeSean McCoy, a former Pittsburgh running back, is one of the best running backs in the NFL. Dion Caputi of National Football Post feels that McCoy and Ray Graham have a similar skill set:
#Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham has drawn some loose comparisons to Shady McCoy. Similar sort of skill set. Unofficial 4.72, but he's quick.
— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) February 24, 2013
Ryan Lownes of Bleacher Report gives us some interesting information concerning Graham's family tree:
Here's a great "did you know": RB Ray Graham is the younger brother of #Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene.
— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) April 16, 2013