DURHAM, N.H.—University of New Hampshire defensive back Corey Graham (Buffalo, N.Y.) was selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon, the same round and the same team that selected UNH running back Jerry Azumah in the fifth round, also as a defensive back.
UNH has had nine other players drafted by NFL teams. The highest draft pick ever for a player in the Wildcat football program was third, when linebacker Steve Doig was picked by the Detroit Lions in 1984.
The New Hampshire football program has had several players in the NFL in recent years. Presently Dan Kreider is with the Pittsburgh Steelers and helped them win a Superbowl. Also Randal Williams has had a long NFL career and is with the Oakland Raiders.Graham’s stock went up as the draft grew closer, as he recovered from a broken leg and was able to undergo speed and agility tests for the pro scouts. Last season, he played in just seven games due to injury, but still finished as UNH’s eighth leading tackler with 41 total tackles and he was tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. He also broke up three passes and forced a fumble.
For his career, he recorded 12 career interceptions and 302 career tackles, which places him fourth on UNH’s all-time career tackles list.
Graham was also an outstanding kick returner for the ‘Cats. Last season, he averaged an incredible 32.3 yards per kick return and scored one touchdown. He also returned 11 punts with a long of 51 yards.
In 2005 Graham was named a second-team All-Atlantic 10 selection as both a defensive back and as a return specialist. In kick returns, he was ranked eighth in all of I-AA football by the NCAA with an average of 25.1 yards per return that season. His season best in tackles was 110 in 2004. He was a starter for four straight seasons and was a team tri-captain in 2006.
In addition to being an outstanding athlete at UNH, Graham checks in with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 as a Sociology major.