Graham The First Hurricane Drafted In The 2010 Draft

Bill RobbinsContributor IApril 23, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Tight end Jimmy Graham #80 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates his touchdown catch with offensive linemen Matt Pipho #65 and Jason Fox #64 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miami defeated Georgia Tech 33-17.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Graham becomes the Hurricanes first player drafted in the 2010 draft. Returning the Canes back to the first three rounds. Graham was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 3rd round 95th overall.

As a former star basketball player for the Hurricanes for four seasons Graham had never played a down of football since freshman year of high school until he started with the Canes this past fall. In his one and only season as a tight end for the Miami Hurricanes, Graham was able to catch five touchdowns as the team's second tight end. 

Not bad for playing for not playing organized football since being a freshman in high school.

Now Graham looks to be the next Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez. A big feat but definitely possible with his tools. 6-8 tall, weighing around 260, and running the 40 at roughly 4.5 seconds. All of these are comparable with any of the top tight ends in the NFL. 

The Saints drafted Graham as the eventual replacement at tight end for Jeremy Shockey another former Cane. Graham has all the tools to be more than exceptional at the position. Right he is probably bigger and faster than Shockey (a multiple pro-bowler and possible future Hall of Famer).

He instantly becomes one of the biggest and fastest tight ends in the NFL. If he is motivated the skies the limit on his potential.