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2015 NFL DRAFT

T.J. Graham, WR

School: North Carolina State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 188 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
257347-FA
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 3/69 - T.J. Graham, WR, 6-0, 180, North Carolina State...The Bills liked Graham so much they gave a seventh-round pick to Washington to move up two spots but this may have been a reach this high. Track star does fill need for deep speed and he's ACC's career kickoff return leader. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - It was the year of the trade in the NFL draft and while general manager Buddy Nix doesn't like to give away picks and move up or down, he did hand Washington one of Buffalo's two picks (71 to 69) in the seventh-round to move up a couple spots in Round 3 in order to take wide receiver T.J. Graham of North Carolina State. Why? "Well, we were worried he wouldn't be there," said Nix, inferring that Jacksonville may have taken Graham at No. 70. "We jumped out bold ... to move up two spots and gave up a seventh rounder. We're riverboat gamblers." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - WR T.J. Graham, N.C. State -- A high school track star, Graham gives the Bills the "speed guy" GM Buddy Nix promised to pair with Stevie Johnson, a former seventh-round pick performing at a Pro Bowl level in Buffalo's spread offense.

04/11/2012 - Former NC State wide receiver T.J. Graham knows he can offer an NFL team one thing, speed. "Speed, speed, speed. That's one thing you can't teach," said Graham. "A lot of guys in the NFL can't run as fast as I can. I'm not going to out-muscle anybody, but I will out-run you. I've been catching a lot of ball, too, because they say I can't catch." So every day, Graham works on his hands at his old high school field at Wakefield, taking passes from former East Carolina quarterback Rob Kass. Projections are all over the map on where, or if, Graham will be drafted. He thinks at the very least, he can find a role returning kicks in the pros. "I've improved my draft stock a lot. I can be a punt returner and kick returner that can save two roster spots and hopefully help out the team that way," said Graham. Graham also does daily speed workouts with his father, Trevor Graham, the famous track coach whose alleged role in doping scandals led to his ban from Olympic track events. "It was kind of rough growing up because a lot of kids teased me or whatever, but I've learned to appreciate that and have learned a lot from it," Graham said. Trevor Graham declined to be a part of this story. "The older I get, the closer we get," said Graham. "You just kind of have to get to know him." - WRAL Sports

03/29/2012 - T.J. Graham noticed the differences right away between N.C. State's pro day Wednesday and the NFL Combine in late February. For one, Graham, a Wakefield graduate, didn't participate in the 40-yard dash or the bench press, unlike his teammates, during the workouts held for NFL scouts at N.C. State's practice facility. That's because he had already run a 40 time of 4.41 and did eight bench-press reps at 225 pounds at the Combine. Still, Graham said he felt much better performing in front of football scouts this time around. "I know this place," Graham said. "I know where to go. I knew when we were going to start. I ate a good dinner last night and a good breakfast. I was just more comfortable." Instead of displaying his speed, Graham, a receiver, showed improved ability at running routes, one of the biggest concerns scouts had at the combine. Graham is projected to be a middle-round pick in April's NFL Draft. During his workout, Graham went through many pass patterns and was consistent catching the ball. "I felt I ran the routes pretty crisp and caught the ball well," said Graham, who had 46 receptions for 757 yards and seven touchdowns last season. "I've been working more on coming out of breaks quicker." Since the combine, Graham has practiced at Wakefield High. Knowing a high school field isn't maintained as well as a college or professional one, Graham focused on maintaining his balance while making cuts during sprints. "I think trying to keep my footing out there has helped me out here," he said. - Nate Taylor, North Raleigh News

12/27/2011 - Scouting the North Carolina State special teams: With WR T.J. Graham, the Wolfpack has the ACC's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage so that means opponents have to pay special attention in that area. The Wolfpack uses true freshmen at kicker (Niklas Sade) and punter (Wil Baumann) but has made it through the season without major issues at those positions. Graham has a chance to reach 1,000 yards on kickoff returns this season. He has 923 yards on kickoff returns this year on 41 attempts, though his longest one is 46 yards. He's already the ACC's career leader in kickoff return yardage. - The Sports Xchange

12/27/2011 - Scouting the North Carolina State passing game: The conversation starts with QB Mike Glennon, who has been a steady influence at the quarterback position. His receiving corps has gone through some ups and downs, but with WR T.J. Graham, a sprinter in track and field, there's always the long-ball threat. TE George Bryan had trouble getting untracked during parts of the season but he came on strong at the end because he's considered a key part of the passing attack. - The Sports Xchange

09/26/2011 - ACC WEEK 4 SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: T.J. Graham, NC State, WR, Sr., 6-0, 180, Raleigh, N.C. Graham returned seven kickoffs for 160 yards against Cincinnati in addition to seven catches for 176 yards and two touchdown receptions of 87 and 49 yards. Graham leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with 920, an average of 230 per game. For his career, he has 4,212 all-purpose yards, which ranks ninth in school history. The 336 yards of all-purpose yardage against Cincinnati was the fifth best total in ACC history. - ACC football

09/22/2011 - WR T.J. Graham's 128 receiving yards against South Alabama pushed him above the 100-yard receiving mark for the second game in a row. He has become the go-to receiver at a time when the Wolfpack has needed receivers to emerge. His consecutive 100-yard receiving games marks the first time that has happened for an N.C. State player since 2003. QUOTE TO NOTE: "T.J. is a much different player this year. He has to be the guy for us. He's giving us more than maybe what we expected." - coach Tom O'Brien on receiver T.J. Graham, who has worked to eliminate his tendency to drop passes. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - WR T.J. Graham has moved to 10th all-time in all-purpose yards at N.C. State with 3,486 through the season-opener. His 521 career punt return yards rate as the sixth-most in that category in school history. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2011 - ACC WEEK 1 SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK - T.J. Graham, NC State, WR, Sr., 6-0, 180, Raleigh, N.C. Graham, a senior wide receiver and kick returner from Raleigh, returned three punts for 88 yards against the Flames, including a game-changing 82-yard return for a touchdown. That return was the 11th longest in school history and his second career punt return for a TD. Graham also returned four kickoffs for 99 yards, including one for 44 yards that put the Pack in business at the Liberty 33-yard line. Two plays later, Curtis Underwood scored on a 33-yard run. For the game, Graham had 88 yards on punt returns, 99 yards on kick returns, and a reception for seven yards, giving him 194 all-purpose yards. - ACC football

09/04/2011 - T.J. Graham returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown, James Washington rushed for two scores and North Carolina State pulled away to beat Liberty 43-21 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Washington had scoring runs of 1 and 19 yards, Brian Slay returned a fumble 52 yards for another score, and Curtis Underwood added a 33-yard touchdown run for the Wolfpack. Making his first start for N.C. State, Mike Glennon was 18 of 31 for 156 yards with a late touchdown in the first game since Russell Wilson's departure. Francis Bah returned a fumble 32 yards for a TD and Mike Brown was 22 of 39 for 279 yards with a touchdown. Brown added 77 yards rushing but turned it over six times. The Flames outgained N.C. State 406-318. - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Liberty at N.C. State, Sept. 3 - N.C. State opens with a lower-division opponent and the Wolfpack is a heavy favorite. Unlike Russell Wilson's debut in 2008 at South Carolina, quarterback Mike Glennon should have a chance to settle in as he makes his starting debut. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Wolfpack has the right kind of opener in terms of grooming some young players. The offense will want to establish a strong rushing attack, while the defense will want to prove it deserves its impressive preseason buildup. N.C. State will want to get off to a strong start in this game so it can progress through its game plan and make the most of its opportunity to prepare for the ACC because it starts conference play a week later at Wake Forest. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR T.J. Graham enters the season rating No. 1 among active ACC players in career kickoff returns (93) and career kickoff return yards (2,167). His role as a receiver could be most crucial until others at that position gain experience. - The Sports Xchange

08/15/2011 - Receiver T.J. Graham's speedy feet seldom have failed him. His hands? That's another story. The son of a former Olympic sprinter and track coach enters his senior season at North Carolina State as the team's top returning option at wide receiver. The Wolfpack's most prolific return man in school history clearly doesn't want to fumble away his final year. He says he's had some drops but that was a matter of not being focused. So in the offseason, he's taken the time to become a better leader and "making my hands a lot surer." Toward that, he worked on a variety of drills to improve his hand-eye coordination and become a more complete receiver. He caught tennis balls. He covered his face before snagging footballs. He flipped light switches off and on before making catches. "T.J. definitely worked really hard this summer catching the ball," said new quarterback - and old friend - Mike Glennon. That can only help the Wolfpack's transition at quarterback as redshirt junior Glennon is taking over for three-year starter Russell Wilson. - AP Sports

05/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: WR-KR T.J. Graham didn't have the impact that many hoped in his junior season. Already the leading kick returner in N.C. State history, he had six receptions in the season opener against Western Carolina but struggled to get involved in the passing attack against ACC opponents. He'll get an opportunity to get more snaps with Jarvis Williams and Owen Spencer gone, and the coaching staff would love to see the ball in the playmaker's hands more often, but he will need to show greater receiving skills to take full advantage. - The Sports Xchange

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 3/69 - T.J. Graham, WR, 6-0, 180, North Carolina State...The Bills liked Graham so much they gave a seventh-round pick to Washington to move up two spots but this may have been a reach this high. Track star does fill need for deep speed and he's ACC's career kickoff return leader. - The Sports Xchange

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