Overview: In a surprise move, the Bills traded up to land this former track star. Is he worth the investment?
Strengths: Very, very fast – running a 10.44 100 meter dash as a high school senior. Clocked a 4.41 40-yard dash at the Combine. A true deep threat who can separate from NFL corners down the field. Does a nice job off the line with his quickness and using his hands to deceive DBs. A very dangerous return man, adding to Buffalo’s embarrassment of riches in the return game. Had a pretty productive senior year after not being used much as an underclassman.
Weaknesses: Small and thin. Will need to add strength. His hands are rather inconsistent. Doesn’t always track the ball well in the air. Has a long way to go on his route running. Is willing to go over the middle but might get killed in the NFL doing it. Will not be an effective blocker.
How He’d Fit in Buffalo: The Bills were desperate for a deep threat, and here he is. Graham joins Buffalo’s already-crowded WR picture, and you have to wonder how he’ll be used initially. At the very least, he should provide someone opposing safeties have to respect down the field, which should open things up underneath for the Stevie Johnsons and David Nelsons of the world.
The Bottom Line: Buddy Nix did something he doesn’t like to do with this pick: reach for a need. Most draft projections had Graham going as late as Round 7…and the Bills traded up to get him in Round 3. The Buffalo brass must love him, so I’ll have faith for now. But this is a pick with serious bust potential.
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