NFL combine: Graham faced Morgan, Lawal

Miami's Jimmy Graham played basketball and one season of football for the Hurricanes.

Miami's Jimmy Graham played basketball and one season of football for the Hurricanes.

Indianapolis — Miami tight end Jimmy Graham played only one season of football for the Hurricanes after finishing his basketball career.

He’s had to block Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan and during his basketball days, he tried to outrebound Georgia Tech center Gani Lawal.

“They were both very different,” Graham said. “Derrick Morgan is a very elusive defensive end. Lawal is a long, long player. Very different, but I attacked it the same way.”

Graham makes a point that he’s physical enough make in the NFL as a tight end and notes that he fouled out often as a basketball player.

25 comments Add your comment

Jordan

February 25th, 2010
4:45 pm

First again! Nice, 2nd time.

Poor McKay

February 25th, 2010
5:17 pm

@DOL, I think that you and Dan Reeves love tight ends more than anyone else in Atlanta. :)

So why no love for Dan Williams from Tenn? Wouldn’t Smith/VanGorder enjoy two massive DTs like they had in Jacksonville a few years ago? Jerry & Williams would shut down interior running attacks.

McBubba

February 25th, 2010
5:52 pm

If he were to fall to the 4th or 5th round (unlikely) he would make a good understudy for Gonzo..

Foothills football fan

February 25th, 2010
5:53 pm

Really enjoyed watching Graham on the court…real solid role player not afraid to get his hands dirty. Reminded me of a stronger Scott Petway. You remember him? Hint… he was @ Tech when they were fun to watch. Good luck to Mr. Graham.

gman

February 25th, 2010
6:06 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 25th, 2010
6:06 pm

Poor McKay: It was TEs, OL and kickers today. We’ll get to Big Dan Williams!!! Can’t wait. You’ve got me fired up about him.

JJ

February 25th, 2010
6:18 pm

D-Led, are you going to interview “SPOON”? Let him know Seminole Warrior is his biggest fan!

JJ

February 25th, 2010
6:31 pm

Spoon is coming to the ATL in rd. 1, why? Our WLB ranking in ‘09: 50/53 and 109/112. We need to upgrade WLB more than any (besides K) other position. We are good at DT (w/ peria coming back, babs, walker, thomas and anderson) but will add depth. We are good (not great) at DE with Abe, Bieerman, Sid and Davis (w/ backup thru draft). We are ok at CB with Owens, Grimes, Williams, Hill and dare I say houston with a new coach who will swivel that head. It’s OLB in my opinion (WLB this yr) as the greatest need, just my opinion though but I bet DLed comes around to spoon in his last draft before the draft. (D-Led: $5 bet) lol

Unca' Bob

February 25th, 2010
6:37 pm

JJ,

Second biggest supporter. SW is just more vocal(lol).

JJ

February 25th, 2010
6:38 pm

Recommend profootballfocus.com to all falcon fans/sportswriters who want “DETAILED” stats of our players. They break it down by game, by snaps and by season. You can click on a player and find out how they rank against pass, run, almost everything. Do a little research and you will find our biggest needs. It’s not CB as many national mocks will lead you to believe.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

JJ: Spoon is high on my list. I’ll make sure we get to him, Graham and JPP (Jean Pierre-Paul).

JJ: I will check them out. But I know it’s a sliding scale. With CB, DE and LB all in the mix. It’s a good spot for TD to be in. Coin flip is tomorrow.

JJ

February 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

Forgot to mention special thanks to UNCA’BOB for finding this website, thanks again buddy, col. or general in the Marines-woorah!

JJ

February 25th, 2010
6:44 pm

Tks DLed and for helping us out in the cage, we know where we all started. You’re protege has done a hell of a job over there but he doesnt put the ladies on like you do, can you help him? lol

JJ

February 25th, 2010
6:48 pm

…beyonce, Mrs. Oct, cheerleaders…come on D3!!! We even have the falcons plane(in the clouds) from DLed, which is my screensaver, pretty cool!

JJ

February 25th, 2010
8:26 pm

Damn…killed another blog, sorry DLed.

Big Ray

February 25th, 2010
9:23 pm

TE doesn’t interest me right now. I’ll wait for the next blog..

poppa falcon

February 25th, 2010
9:27 pm

Big dude, very athletic………..Jimmy Graham could become a force at tight end; especially if schooled by the great TG! Nice piece, DOL!

Delbert D.

February 25th, 2010
10:08 pm

Fair performance at the U, needs a *lot* of work for the NFL.

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thunderbull56

February 25th, 2010
11:10 pm

D Speculator, please someone pay me to be a Home,Home on the range, Homa.YeeHaah!

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Heyheyhey!

February 26th, 2010
7:31 am

We need Sean Weatherspoon! I think we are set at DT, althoough I love Dan Williams, we got Babineaux who was a borderline Pro Bowler, Jerry, Trey Lewis, Thomas Johnson, Vance Walker and Jamaal Anderson. We look DEEP at DT. I like our corners besides Chris Houston and think we can get a quality sleeper corner in the 3rd Rd., like dude from Indiana PA, Ahwasu something I don’t exactly know his name but we can find good Defensive value in this draft! BTW Lawrence Sidbury, a young Dwight Freeny, is ready to take over!

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PlanB

April 21st, 2010
10:04 am

I would like to get this guy (Jimmy Graham) in about the 4th. Almost any college basketball player will have exceptional skills in the receiving part of being an NFL TE. He runs a 4.53 40 and is considered a hard worker. At 6′6″ – 260 lbs. he has the size to be a good blocker. He would also have a couple of years of learning under the best TE ever (TG). I think I would try to get him.
This is an old story from Feb., but yesterday is the first time I heard of this guy.
Also,if possible, I still like the idea of trading back and getting 2 #2’s for our #19. That’s more good players in a deep draft.
Some other players I like later in the draft are: Jordan Shipley WR. We put too much emphasis on speed and not enough on the good route runners that are always open and always catch the ball…..AJ Edds or R Curran as back up LB’s….Linval Joseph DT East Carolina 6′5″ – 328 quick for his size & draws double teams….Chris Scott or Andrew Tyshovntsky OT’s both 6′4″ about 320 lbs.