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Ranking the Big Ten: Garrett Graham, No. 17

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

After a brief break for Big Ten meetings, the top 30 rankings return with ...

No. 17

Garrett Graham, TE, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-4, 248

Why he's here -- Travis Beckum's star-crossed 2008 season opened up an opportunity for Graham, who became the focal point of the Wisconsin passing attack. He led the Badgers in receptions (40), receiving yards (540) and receiving touchdowns (5), earning first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media.

After a brief flirtation with the NFL draft, Graham returned to Wisconsin and will contend for the Mackey Award this fall. A prototypical tight end at 6-4 and 248 pounds, he thrives in an offense that features the position more than most in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin should be much better at wide receiver this fall, but Graham, who has started 10 games in each of the last two seasons, remains the team's most reliable target. He made five or more receptions in five games last fall and has 70 career catches for 868 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Rundown

  • No. 17 -- Garrett Graham, TE, Wisconsin

  • No. 18 -- Adam Weber, QB, Minnesota

  • No. 19 -- Jammie Kirlew, DE, Indiana

  • No. 20 -- Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa

  • No. 21 -- Brad Phillips, S, Northwestern

  • No. 22 -- Brandon Minor, RB, Michigan

  • No. 23 -- Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa

  • No. 24 -- Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

  • No. 25 -- Traye Simmons, CB, Minnesota

  • No. 26 -- Thaddeus Gibson, DE, Ohio State

  • No. 27 -- Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State

  • No. 28 -- Matt Mayberry, LB, Indiana

  • No. 29 -- Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois

  • No. 30 -- Trevor Anderson, DE, Michigan State