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Daniel Graham

SELECTED BY NEW ENGLAND , ROUND 1, PICK 21, OVERALL PICK 21
TE | (6-3, 248, 4.73) | Colorado | COLLEGE STATS
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Father, Tom Graham, was the Broncos' starting middle linebacker before Randy Gradishar after a fine career at Oregon. After redshirting in 1997, Graham played in every game in '98 and started twice. He had three catches for 83 yards and no touchdowns and then caught a touchdown pass vs. Oregon in the Aloha Bowl. He played in 10 games and started eight in '99, catching 17-264-4. In 2000, he was a second-team All-Big 12 pick and caught 33-443-1. He had his best pass-catching game vs. Washington. In '01, Graham caught 51-753-6, was an All-American, Colorado's team MVP and won the John Mackey award as the best tight end in the country.

Positives: Very good athlete. Smooth and fluid and runs well. Natural receiver who catches the ball like an extra wide receiver. Does a nice job of adjusting to the poorly thrown pass and can extend and catch away from the frame of his body. Has long arms and big hands and does not drop many. Can make the tough catches and will catch in heavy traffic. Does a nice job of positioning body and shielding defensive back away from the ball. Runs hard after the catch and breaks tackles. Improving blocker who gets into his blocks quickly, works his feet and works to sustain his blocks. Was the best all-around tight-end in college football. Improved dramatically every year in college.

Negatives: Lacks great size. Is not going to be an overpowering in-line blocker you can match up with a defensive end. Is not a real deep threat. Lacks an explosive burst of speed and does not play to timed (4.6) speed.

Summary: A top-flight tight end who should be an early draft pick and instant contributor.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.