Thursday, January 28, 2010
Ranking the Big Ten: Garrett Graham, No. 28
By ESPN.com staff
The postseason top 30 rankings continue with ...
Garrett Graham, TE, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-3, 250
Preseason rank: 17
Why he's here: When it comes to Big Ten tight ends, no player has been steadier and more reliable than Graham the last three seasons. He saw increases in receptions (30-40-51), receiving yards (328-540-624) and touchdown receptions (4-5-7) from 2007 to 2009, and helped create balance for Wisconsin's offense, which led the Big Ten in scoring. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the league's media for the second straight season and should be a mid-round selection in April's NFL draft.
Players like Oregon's Ed Dickson and Florida's Aaron Hernandez generate more national hype than Graham, but the Wisconsin standout showed he could do it all this season. Graham ranks among the top 10 in team history in career receptions (121) and career touchdown catches (16). He's also a terrific blocker who helped Wisconsin lead the Big Ten in rushing in 2009.
- No. 30: Michigan State WR Blair White
- No. 29: Northwestern DE Corey Wootton