Ray Graham: How Will Houston's Newest RB Fare in the Pros?
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
After not hearing his name called during the 2013 NFL draft, Ray Graham has signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent. Graham broke the news himself on Twitter shortly after the draft ended.
Many expected Graham to get drafted after a solid collegiate career with the Pittsburgh Panthers. Now he'll need to fight for a roster spot on one of the best offenses in the league.
Let's take a quick look at how we see Graham faring in the pros.
At only 5'9" and 199 pounds, Graham is an undersized running back. However, he's surprisingly physical for a player his size.
Graham's biggest strength is his quickness and elusiveness. He's a dangerous threat in the open field and consistently makes defenders miss. Graham also has good hands catching passes out of the backfield and a solid understanding of running crisp routes.
Unfortunately, he has struggled with injuries throughout his college career and never really regained his full explosiveness after he tore his ACL back in 2011.
There isn't much chance at all that Graham holds much fantasy value this year, even in deep dynasty leagues. For starters, the Texans have Arian Foster on their roster, and playing behind him is another young and talented running back in Ben Tate.
Simply put, even if Graham does make the roster, he'll be the No. 3 running back and likely won't see many carries at all.
With only two running backs on the team, there is a good chance Graham could find himself making the Texans' final roster. He could eventually carve himself a nice niche as a change-of-pace back, but don't expect him to ever see more than a few touches a game to start his career.
The Texans definitely needed to add some depth at running back. Graham had the talent to warrant an actual draft pick, so getting him as an undrafted free agent is a nice move by Houston.
If Graham can get back his explosiveness that he had early in his collegiate career, he could become quite the playmaker for the Texans.
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