NFC South top 25: No. 3

July, 18, 2012
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We continue our series of my projected top 25 players in the NFC South for the 2012 season with No. 3:

Jimmy Graham, tight end, New Orleans

What he did in 2011: Graham had 99 catches for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. Graham’s combination of height and speed created major matchup problems for opposing defenses.

Why he’s No. 3 in 2012: Perhaps the most amazing thing about Graham’s performance last year was that it came in his first full season as a starter. Graham is already considered one of the top two or three tight ends in the game, and the scary part is he’s only going to keep getting better as he gains more experience.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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