Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Miami (Florida)
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Miami Hurricanes?
From May 1 until the start of the 2016 NFL season on September 11, we’re going to list the best players that the Saints ever drafted from all 128 FBS schools, as of 2015.
Of course, there are a number of schools, including Air Force, Appalachian St., Arizona, Army, Baylor, Boise St., Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Florida, Central Michigan, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Hawaii, ULM, Marshall, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Memphis.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Miami (Florida).
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Miami (Florida), the choice is limited to receiver Wesley Carroll (1991), tight end Jimmy Graham (2010), linebacker Joe Kohlbrand (1985), receiver Brett Perriman (1988), and defensive back Reggie Sutton (1986).
The pick is going to be Graham, a tight end, who played 5 years for the Saints, from 2010-2014.
After playing his college football at Miami, Graham was selected by the Saints in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
A native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Graham caught 31 passes for 356 yards and five touchdowns as a reserve in his rookie season, before becoming a starter in 2011.
As a 4-year starter at tight end, from 2011-2014, Graham compiled 355 receptions for 3,896 and 46 touchdowns, while being named to the Pro Bowl three times.
The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Graham was traded by the Saints to the Seattle Seahawks following the 2014 season.
In 5 seasons with the Saints, Graham appeared in 78 games, including 50 as a starter, accumulating 386 receptions for 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns.
In 6 NFL seasons, Graham has appeared in 89 games, including 61 starts, compiling 434 receptions for 5,357 yards and 53 touchdowns.