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New Orleans Saints Select Miami Tight End Jimmy Graham With 95th Pick In The 2010 Draft


New Orleans has thrown out zingers all draft long taking corner back Patrick Robinson in the first round after many thought they would target an outside linebacker or defensive tackle and then taking USC offensive tackle Charles Brown in the second, a position the Saints are bursting at the seam with talent.

Keeping with the mantra of taking the best player available regardless of need the Saints selected Miami tight end Jimmy Graham with the 95th pick of the third round.

Tight end is another position you could consider the Saints to be loaded at as they currently have Jeremy Shockey, David Thomas, Darnell Dinkins and will be returning fan favorite and former starter Billy Miller for the 2010-2011 season after injury.

Graham, a former basketball star at Miami, transferred to football his senior season playing mainly in red zone situations recording 17 receptions for 213 yards and five receiving touchdowns.

Following suit of fellow great NFL tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates scouts say Graham, with work, could potentially be just as good Gonzales and Gates both considering his size and amazing athletic ability.

NflDraftScout.com rated him as the 65th best prospect overall so once again it appears the Saints have gotten a steal by drafting him 95th overall and although it may seem like the should have targeted an outside linebacker his upside is tremendous.

So to recap the Saints first three picks were:

1. Corner Patrick Robinson, FSU, 32nd

2. Offensive Tackle Charles Brown, USC, 64th

3. Tight End Jimmy Graham, Miami, 95th

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