Saints head coach Sean Payton admitted that Graham was one of those players that the Saints had targeted all along. If he was available, the Saints were going to pick him in the third round.
Graham received praise and encouragement from Jeremy Shockey before the draft, and Shockey wrote on his public blog, "Excited we drafted former canes te jimmy graham!!! hes gonna be great one day"
Payton indicated in the post-pick press conference that give Graham's presence, the Saints are heavy at the receiver position and may evaluate league-wide interest in that position as well as offensive tackle.
ESPN wrote these glowing words of Graham: "Graham has one of the biggest upsides of any prospect in this year's draft."