Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/9/13
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was selected after Rob Gronkowski (round 2) and before Aaron Hernandez (round four), but right now he’s on top of the NFL TE’s list. The summer of discontent in New England stretches to the fallen duo and their status as the two best TE’s in the league. Graham was selected between the two tight ends in the third round; however, over the course of one offseason he has shot up to be the best TE in the business. According to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com, Graham is now the premier TE in the business. Florio writes: ‘It’s unknown whether the Saints wrestled with the choice of taking Graham or Hernandez.  The red flags were well known, and Hernandez’s history easily could have been a factor.  But Graham’s limited football career likely was an issue, too.  He played only one year at Miami.  Hernandez was the far more established and experienced player.Regardless of how the Saints made their decision, they settled on Graham.  Of the three tight ends, he’s the only one still laboring under his rookie deal. From Gronkowski’s injuries and surgeries and party-boy tendencies to Hernandez’s legal entanglements, Graham is looking like the best of the bunch.  And the Saints need to acknowledge that with a long-term deal.’      
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