Graham is grabbing the league’s attention

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Updated: October 31, 2013
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NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-In this brave new world, basketball players make good football players.

Why? Because, due to their height and jumping ability, they can jump over small cornerbacks and post up pint-size defensive backs in the back of the end zone.

Also, with their excellent footwork and great hands, they are able to run precise patterns, while out running limping linebackers and make difficult catches across the middle.

For this reason, many people believe Miami Heat’s Lebron James would be an excellent candidate for the tight end position in the NFL.

But, until LBJ puts on a Dallas Cowboy helmet and some shoulder pads, we will have to watch and marvel at the New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham, who maybe the next best thing.

Why? Because, this former four-year Miami Hurricane basketball player, is raising above all of his defenders, while become one of Drew Brees’s favorite targets in New Orleans.

“He has no weakness in his game, “said Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe, who now works as a NFL analyst on CBS.

Graham, in fact, as Sharpe suggests, looks unstoppable at times, even when he is double-teamed.

For this reason, along with his ability to create separation and make leaping catches, many analysts believe this 6’7, 265 pound TE is the best in football.

Especially, with the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski just coming back from injuries, and Atlanta Falcons’ future HOF Tony Gonzalez near retirement.

San Francisco’s Vernon Davis and Dallas’ Jason Whitten, however, would probably debate whether Graham is the best the league has to offer, despite the stats the young talent has put up so far this season.

Graham, surprisingly, leaped to greatness came in 2011, when he caught 99 passes for 1,310 yards from the arm of the Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees.

With that 2011 season, Graham continued to get better and better each and every game.

This was made self-evident last week agains the Buffalo Bills, when Graham had three catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns, despite playing on 18 snaps.

Now, in a contractual year, he has proven, so far, that he is a valuable component to the Saints’ overall success.

Especially, with his 40 catches for 630 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

Currently, the Saints are (5-1) and face the New York Jets this Sunday.

Eric D.Graham is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies. Currently, he is the Editor and Chief of  Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles  appear daily along with his controversial  cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com

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