We recently talked with Graves about his future home and his biggest strengths as a wide receiver.
How did your senior season go?
"It went good. I had about 600 total yards and 10 touchdowns."
You committed to Cincinnati back in June. How solid is your commitment today?
"It is very solid. I have been receiving mail from other schools, but I haven't talked to any other coaches since I committed."
What is your take on how Cincinnati's season went this year?
"I just am happy that they had a successful year and they got a part of the Big East championship. I'm glad to be a part of a good program and I'm going to try to keep the success going."
How do you see yourself fitting into the Bearcat offense?
"I think, from a receiver standpoint, I can play slot positions, but I am primarily going to be an outside receiver."
What facets of your game are you working on improving this offseason?
"I am really working on my route-running. I think that's already pretty good, but I need to be able to beat the zone defenses in college. Last year, I ran a 4.4, but I'm still trying to get faster and come down to a 4.3 before I get to UC, which I think is a reachable goal. I also would like to gain a couple of pounds too."
Is there a current or former NFL player who you try to model your game after?
"Calvin Johnson from the Detroit Lions is my favorite player. I also like Hakeem Nicks from the Giants. I'd say I most resemble Dez Bryant though, because he resembles my height and he can go up and get the ball and he is fast too."
For those people who have never seen you play, how would you describe yourself as a football player?
"I would say I'm very aggressive, especially on blocking. I block every play and I don't take plays off. If I see the ball in the air, I go and get it. I want to do whatever it takes to help my team win. I have a lot of competitiveness and I never give up."
The strengths of Graves' game are undoubtedly his speed and his ability to make people miss in the open field. He took a lot of handoffs from his wide receiver position in high school and we very well could see much of the same at the collegiate level. Graves uses his hands well to catch the ball, but you would like to see him take advantage of his height a little more. He will likely become a more prominent downfield threat once he adds some additional weight and strength. He is currently not a very polished wide receiver when it comes to route-running, but he has the agility to become a very good route-runner once he gets some coaching. Overall, he is a very versatile prospect who could line up at any of the receiver positions in college.