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ROUND 3: Jimmy Graham
Proving you don’t have to be old to be considered one of the best, Jimmy Graham was the panel’s pick for best-ever third-round pick.
The 95th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Graham has become one of the game-changing tight ends in football. In just four seasons with New Orleans, he has earned two Pro Bowl berths and one All-Pro honor.
He has 41 touchdowns since entering the NFL. When calculated per touch, he has a scoring grab on average every seven times he catches the ball. His 3,863 receiving yards since 2010 are the eighth most of any player in that stretch and most of any tight end.
What makes the Graham pick more amazing is how little football experience he had prior to being selected by the Saints. How little was it? He had played only one year of college football after going to Miami to play basketball.
Runner-up: Pat Swilling