The Saints concluded their action today in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft when they selected TE Jimmy Graham out of the University of Miami with the 95th pick overall.
The draft selection of xx was the Saints' third addition to the Super Bowl championship team in the past two days, with the Saints having added Florida State CB Patrick Robinson in the first round of the draft and Southern California LT Charles Brown in the second round.
Graham, 6-6, 260 pounds, is a former basketball player at Miami who played his senior season on the football team. He combines tremendous size, speed (4.7 in the 40) and footwork and will get an opportunity to work closely with former Hurricane and current Saint Jeremy Shockey.
"I have looked up to Jeremy for a long time and he was very encouraging to me as I was getting ready for the draft," said Graham. "I have been a Saints fan for the last 10 years and I can honestly say this is a dream come true for me. I am so honored to be selected by a team that just won the Super Bowl. I am pretty speechless right now."
Graham was projected by most publications that focus on the NFL Draft to indeed be selected in the third round. Two other prominent NFL tight ends also had extensive action on the basketball court as collegians: Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. Graham will seek to repeat in their footsteps on the NFL level and will have the luxury of joining a team deep in talent at the position, as David Thomas was a pleasant find for the team last season after being acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots.
The draft resumes on Saturday, April 24, at 9:00 a.m. with the Saints having selections in the fourth, sixth and seventh rounds.