While eagerly awaiting the NFL draft Thursday through Saturday, former Pitt running back Ray Graham said his knee is stronger than during the season when he ran for 1,042 yards in 12 games.
“I feel good,” he said. “I feel better than before.”
Graham, who is home in Elizabeth, N.J., has visited the New York Giants and two other teams that, he said, didn’t want him to reveal their identities. He said he expects to be drafted in either the fourth, fifth or sixth round.
Graham, 22, left Pitt as the second-leading rusher of all-time with 3,271 yards, behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett. He was headed toward an historic season in 2011 when he suffered a serious right knee injury at Heinz Field in the eighth game of the season against Connecticut. At the time, he was second in the nation with 958 yards rushing.
Last year, he started the first 12 games, returning less than a year after knee surgery and rushing for a career-high 11 touchdowns. He missed the BBVA Compass Bowl with a hamstring injury that, he said, has completely healed.
At the NFL Combine in February, Graham was timed in 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He improved to 4.58 and 4.62 seconds less than a month later in front of scouts from 17 NFL teams at Pitt’s Pro Day.
It should be an exciting weekend for the Graham family. Ray’s brother, Rutgers linebacker Khamseem Greene, could be picked as high as the second round.