Chris Gragg to Bills: How Does TE Fit with Buffalo?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 27, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, AR - NOVEMBER 19:   Chris Gragg #80 of the Arkansas Razorbacks runs the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at War Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Bulldogs  44 to 17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills' theme of adding speed to their roster in the 2013 NFL draft was completed when they selected Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg with their final selection. 

At 6'3'' and 244 pounds, Gragg ran a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash, and on tape, he looks like a wide receiver running his routes with the ball in his hands. 

Due to a lingering knee injury that prematurely ended his 2012 season, there's inherent risk with Gragg, but if healthy, he and Dorin Dickerson will square off for the starting H-back role in Nate Hackett's offense. 

Dickerson, at 6'1'' and around 230 pounds, was the team's H-back at the end of the season and showed some promise, but he's far from a lock to retain the role next season. Gragg, being a bit larger and just as athletic, will push him. 

If the former Razorback wins the starting H-back job, he should be utilized as a slot receiver on spread sets and could potentially become a favorite short-to-intermediate target on read-option passes. 

Incumbent starting tight end Scott Chandler is coming off a knee injury of his own but should keep his gig with the first team.

He flourished out of Buffalo's spread in 2012, but then again, there's no guarantee he'll be as productive in 2013. He may not even be ready when training camp begins. 

Like all seventh-round picks, Chris Gragg is a relative long shot to make the roster, but with his athletic skill set and the team's limited depth at the pass-catching tight end spot, he may have landed in the perfect situation.