Draft Day Target: TE Daniel Graham

Daniel Graham or Jeremy Shockey, which tight end would you rather see in Cowboy's uniform next season? Both athetes have unlimited potential, and if Jerry Jones decides to grab one of these tight ends in the draft, the Cowboys will have significantly improved their talent level.

Daniel Graham (6'3, 245, 4.5), a first-team All-America selection, caught 51 passes for a school-record 753 yards and six touchdowns, and also registered 128 downfield blocks for the Big XII Champion Colorado Buffaloes in 2002.

Graham is a football player that has earned the respect of his peers on and off the field. He was voted as the top tight end in the nation, capturing the John Mackey Award over Miami's Jeremy Shockey and Oklahoma's Trent Smith. He was also selected his team's most valuable player, and offensive MVP.

TE Daniel Graham (AP)
When you watch Daniel Graham on film, its easy to see why many scouts consider him to be a prototypical NFL tight end. He's got good size at 6'3, outstanding speed at 4.5, and great hands.

The areas that some scouts would like to see him improve upon are his downfield blocking and overall strength and bulk. He registered in at 9.79% body fat and has a 36-inch vertical leap, so his athleticism really isn't in question, but his ability to punish smaller defensive backs and take on middle linebackers with a full head of steam is.

Graham is more of a natural athelete, with great quickness and precise route running. "Not only did he excel at running routes and catching passes, but he's a terrific blocker. His style of play, he is relentlessness and is the complete package at tight end," said Colorado Head Coach Gary Barnett after Graham accepted the John Mackey award as the nation's top tight end.

With all the talk of the Cowboys possibly trading down in the draft, the chance that a tight end could be the player that Jerry Jones has his eye is growing day by day. And of course that leads us to one of the hottest debates around Valley Ranch these days, who would you rather draft if you are going after a tight end, Jeremy Shockey or Daniel Graham? While there is no clear cut answer to that question, here is who we would give the edge to in the following areas:

Daniel Graham

Jeremy Shockey


Ultimately, this decision may come down to Bruce Coslet, and who he thinks will fit better into his version of the west coast offense. Our support tends to lean towards Jeremy Shockey. He is bigger, tougher, and comes from one of the winningest programs in college football over the course of the last 3 seasons.

Regardless, the Cowboys stand to improve significantly at tight end if they choose one of these players in either the first or second round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

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