Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
|TE - #1||16.00||NO||Probable||6 years||28||6'7||265||@TheJimmyGraham|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-23-2014 by Kimra Schleicher
Everyone knows the value of Jimmy Graham. He is the top TE in the NFL. Sorry Gronk fans, but Graham is the overall better TE. He has missed only one game in the past three seasons. All he did in 2013 was catch 86 passes for 1,215 yards while scoring 16 touchdowns. The biggest distraction of the season is Graham's contract. The Saints franchise-tagged him as a TE; however, the NFLPA filed a grievance over whether he is a TE or a WR. Everyone expects a deal to get done before the beginning of camp though. Graham will be drafted by the end of round one. Your decision lies in which stud RB or WR you will give up to have Graham on your team. If you are willing to give up an elite, first-round stud, then by all means, draft Graham and don't look back.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had kept the possibility of offseason shoulder surgery open. He first wanted to see how he felt during the Pro Bowl. Apparently, Graham felt pretty darn good in last Sunday's game, because he said during a Friday radio interview that he has chosen rest and rehab over surgery.
"I'm just going to do rehab, strengthen the area," Graham said. "That's what's best -- not having to take six months off and try to heal up with a surgery, but now have those six months to work on all things I need to to try and hopefully get to a place like (the Super Bowl) next year."
Graham's right shoulder sprain was admittedly a problem for the majority of the season. He initially suffered his injury in Week 5, missed one game before returning and finished the year with his lowest yardage total since 2010. In his final five contests, he tallied just one touchdown and averaged fewer than 50 yards per game.
Still, 889 yards and 10 touchdowns is great production from a tight end. It's just not what owners who spent a first- or second-round pick on Graham last summer paid for. He should be ready for a full offseason program. Let's just hope this decision doesn't backfire the next time Graham takes a hard shot to that balky joint.
Rob Gronkowski has overtaken Graham for tight end superiority in fantasy, but the Saint should not be far behind the Pat. If he stays healthy in 2015, you know big numbers will follow.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors1/30 - Saints TE Jimmy Graham says he will not undergo shoulder surgery
1/22 - Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) hoping to forego surgery
1/16 - Saints WR Brandin Cooks resumes weight training and catching passes
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|1.10||Mr. Landry - Far and away the best TE in football (until Gronk can stay healthy). Can't pass up a WR1 at the TE position.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|1.06||Gridiron Experts - @MikeRigz - Is Jimmy Graham a Tight End? Is he a Wide Receiver? ?he?s a Fantasy Monster.|
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