Is Jimmy Graham worth Two Number One Draft Picks?

Is Jimmy Graham worth Two Number One Draft Picks?

The New Orleans Saints have slapped the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham.  I saw a tweet from Chris Mortonsen that said any team can sign Graham for 2 1st picks or Saints can match.

This of course created a frenzy Saturday morning amongst Jets fans and started a debate if the Jets should consider this to bring in probably the best TE in football to Gang Green.

I’ll admit that at first glance I thought this was appealing.  In fact, I even tweeted it.  Now that I have had two hours to think about it since my tweet, I’ve learned two things:

1.  Never tweet from the parking lot of K-mart while you wait for your wife and kids to get done from shopping with an empty stomach.

2.  I think that number one picks are a valuable thing and shouldn’t be given away lightly.  We did get Sheldon Richardson from the Bucs in a trade for Revis and Darrelle might be on his way out anyway.



When the New Orleans Saints slapped the franchise tag on Jimmy Graham on Friday, they did so with the non-exclusive designation.

This particular tag designation allows any team to negotiate with Graham and sign him to an offer sheet, which the Saints have the right to match. If New Orleans declines to match, they would receive two first-round draft picks from said offering team.

Could a team, especially one with late first-round picks, blow Graham away and give him one of the best non-quarterback contracts on the market? Sure, they could. But the Saints are smartly betting no team would take that risk on a tight end, even one as valuable as Graham.

Jimmy Graham is a game changer.  Call him a wide receiver or a tight end, but that doesn’t change the fact that he can make any quarterback look very good.  I’m not saying that Drew Brees is the player he is because of Graham, I’m saying that Jimmy could make a quarterback like Geno Smith settle in and get so much better his second year in the NFL.  But… is he worth giving up two picks?

My answer no.  I would love to have a player like Graham, but not for the cost of two draft picks.  It’s too steep!