NAME – Garrett Graham
Position – Tight End/Fullback/H-Back.
College – Wisconsin.
Status – Redshirt senior.
Size/Weight – 6-3, 243 pounds.
Important numbers – 4.67 seconds in 40-yard dash, 20 reps on bench press, 34.5-inch vertical jump, 9-feet 4-inch broad jump.
Age – 24 in August.
Honors – Team captain and team co-MVP in ‘09 … first-team All-Big 10 selection in ‘08 and ‘09.
College career – Another in a line of good tight end prospects to come out of Wisconsin, Graham led the Badgers in receiving last year and was part of the passing game the last three years.
Stats of note – 40 games/33 starts, 121 catches, 1,492 yards, 16 TD catches.
STRENGTHS – With reliable hands, Graham has enough body control that he can adjust well to passes … tough to bring down when he’s running at full speed … great work ethic shows on and off-the-field … does not take any plays off.
WEAKNESSES – Not especially fast or quick, Graham will not run away from defenders and does not get much separation … must become a more consistent blocker, especially on the edge … must continue to work at not allowing the pass to get into his body … has to improve route running.
THE RIGHT 53? – Leadership skills, strong work ethic, availability, versatility in being able to block or catch – all those things that the Chiefs are looking for in a player.
What he said – “I consider my versatility to be my strongest asset as a player. I really tried to become a complete tight end and contribute to the running game, but I still consider my reliable hands and moving the chains on 3rd downs to be the most consistent and strongest part of my game.”
End game – When it comes to all the skills for an NFL tight end, Graham may be the most balanced; he can do a little bit of everything. That usually means something else – he doesn’t do any one thing great. He has the look of a solid contributor.
ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – Probably, but not that high. His physical package doesn’t seem that different than last year’s seventh-round choice Jake O’Connell, although he’s a much more accomplished receiver.