The Saints made waves both during the draft and regular season last year for the selection and development of rookie tight end Jimmy Graham. The tight end out of Miami was selected with the last pick of the third round, and notably only played football for one year in college after initially getting a basketball scholarship and playing four years on the school’s hardcourt.
While Graham did not get much playing time early on in the season, due to injuries and a growing knowledge of the playbook, he was able to see a lot of the field toward the end of the season and ended up having a fine rookie season. He ended up with 29 receptions and four touchdowns.
Now, in the waning days before the 2011 draft, the Saints appear to be looking at another basketball player turned tight end. The Saints scheduled a visit with former USC tight end Jordan Cameron last week. Like Graham, Cameron initially played college basketball. However, after playing basketball for one year at BYU, he transferred to USC to join the Trojans’ gridiron team.
It’s no secret that the Saints need another tight end after releasing Jeremy Shockey. It is interesting to see them looking at another raw, but talented former basketball player that is in Graham’s mold. Who knows, maybe lightning will strike twice for the black and gold in this year’s draft.