Draft Zone: 1st Ranked Tight End – Saints Jimmy Graham

No defender is out jumping this guy!

No defender is out jumping this guy!

The New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham is the top-ranked tight end in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of 23, that makes Graham a second-round pick in 12-team formats.

The fourth-year player out of the University of Miami is arguably the most athletic tight end in the league. He’s a former basketball player with great hands, and at 6-feet, 7-inches tall, he’s bigger than every defender in the secondary he lines up against.

Graham snagged 85 catches for 982 yards and nine touchdowns in a down year for the Saints in 2012. One of the key reasons many people expect Graham to be even better this year is because of an improvement to New Orleans’ sideline — the return of head coach Sean Payton.

Even without Payton in 2012, the Saints had the best passing offense in the league with 312.3 yards per game through the air, but it’s reasonable to expect the team to win more games and score even more points now that their coach has returned.

Graham is worth a second-round pick, as he’ll likely be the best tight end in the game and he will give fantasy owners a nice boost from a position that doesn’t usually score a ton of points.

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