Ray Graham: How Will Houston's Newest RB Fare in the Pros?

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIApril 28, 2013

Ray Graham could become an explosive playmaker for the Houston Texans.
Ray Graham could become an explosive playmaker for the Houston Texans.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.

Pro Outlook

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.

Fantasy Outlook

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.

Roster Outlook

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.

Final Analysis

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.

Grade: B

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