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Bills Trade-Up for WR T.J. Graham in Round Three

12:21 AM, Apr 28, 2012   |    comments
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Courtesy: US Presswire

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills have completed a trade to move up two spots in the third round of the NFL draft to select North Carolina State receiver T.J. Graham.

"I'm very excited. It's something I worked for my whole life," said Graham in a conference call with the Buffalo media.  "I'm just going to enjoy the opportunity I have now with the Buffalo Bills.

Initially set to pick 71st, the Bills swung a deal with Washington to secure the 69th pick and select Graham on Friday.

"We were worried he wouldn't be there. You just don't want to get that close and not get him," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. 

Listed at 6-feet and 180 pounds, Graham led Wolfpack receivers with 46 catches and seven touchdowns in 13 games, including 12 starts last season.

He also doubled as a kickoff return specialist, finishing with 3,153 return yards to set an ACC record.

Graham was also a track start at N.C. State and ran a 4.39 second 40 yard dash at the NFL combine.  He hopes to use his elite speed in the NFL.  "My speed has translated to the track and I use that to run and excel in there. On the field, I can definitely stretch the field and make the defense have to play the full field instead of the short field."

Bills head coach Chan Gailey wants to use Graham on the outside, "He can run by most everybody, I mean the guy can fly."

While Graham has had success on the track, Gailey says his focus is on football.  "If you ask him, he tells you, 'I'm a football player that happened to run track.' He'll tell you that."

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