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Comparing Fauria and Jimmy Graham - the numbers

I've seen some people say that Fauria could be the Lions' Jimmy Graham. Maybe, but to me, that's wishful thinking based on the fact that they're both tall.

There were a LOT of tight ends drafted in 2013, and Fauria was not one of them, for a reason. Maybe it was purely a character issue, but I don't think so. And in 2013, Jimmy Graham-type of TEs do not fall in the draft (like Graham himself did in 2010) because EVERY team is now looking for this type of matchup advantage.

But just looking at Fauria's numbers compared to Graham - you can see perhaps why he fell. Fauria's numbers are only from his Pro Day, which tend to be more favorable anyhow to a player. I also threw in Tyler Eifert's combine numbers because he was the top TE taken in 2013 (1st rounder).

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3-cone (this is probably the best measure of lateral agility and short area quickness and more informative than the 40 time):

Graham: 6.90s (excellent, Darius Slay had a 6.90s at his combine)

Eifert: 6.92s (top in 2013 for TE at combine)

Fauria: 7.49s from his pro day (this pretty much sucks. Nick Fairley (!) had a 7.14s so Fauria isn't even beating non-coverage-type defensive players). This is a pretty good sign he is a stiff athlete. Even Kris Durham had a 6.89s at his pro day - maybe a generous stopwatch.

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Vertical jump:

Graham: 38.5in

Eifert: 35.5in (top in 2013 for TE at combine)

Fauria: 35.5in

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Broad jump:

Graham: 120in

Eifert: 119in (top in 2013 for TE at combine)

Fauria: 120in

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40 time:

Graham: 4.56s

Eifert: 4.68s (top in 2013 for TE)

Fauria: 4.72s

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So the conclusion is that unless injuries were hurting Fauria at his Pro Day, Graham is just a way better athlete than Fauria in terms of probably the most important measure for a receiver, the 3-cone, because it gives a sense of separation ability.

Fauria does have a decent vertical, though not as good as Graham, so that is why Fauria can be used as a red zone, jump ball threat, which is what the Lions used him as in 2013.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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