Saints’ Jimmy Graham earns PFWA All-Pro first-team nod

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham earned All-Pro honors again Monday when he was voted to the Professional Writers of America’s first-team squad.

Graham, a near-unanimous first-team pick on The Associated Press’ All-Pro team announced two weeks ago, was chosen by PFWA members over the Cleveland Browns’ Jordan Cameron.

A four-year veteran, Graham caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards and led the NFL with a franchise-record 16 receiving touchdowns.

Graham, who also tied an NFL record for tight ends with six 100-yard games, was joined on the PFWA’s All-NFC team by quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees threw for 5,162 yards, the third straight season he’s topped the 5,000-yard mark. He had 39 touchdown passes and only 12 interceptions in posting a passer rating of 104.7.

LAST-GASP ATTEMPT: Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday a pass to wide receiver Marques Colston on what was the final play of Saturday’s 23-15 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks was a designed play.

Colston had a chance to step out of bounds with 6 seconds left near the Seahawks’ 35 and give the Saints a shot at a Hail Mary pass to the end zone, but stopped and tried to throw a lateral across the field to running back Travaris Cadet.

“It was a play we put in a week and a half ago, which is a deep throw to Marques and then across the field to Cadet,” Payton said while admitting it was sent in one play too early. “Yeah, (Colston) wasn’t free-lancing.”

“Obviously, it’s not an ideal situation (being behind),” Colston, who declined to talk about the play Saturday, said Monday. “But the ball came out … obviously the throw didn’t go the way I would have planned. But, it happens.”

SAINTS HAVE NO. 27: Now that the divisional playoff round is over and the Saints’ season has been completed, the club knows where it will be picking in the first round of the draft in May.

The four teams eliminated over the weekend received the 25th though 28th spots in the draft — based on their 2013 record.

The San Diego Chargers (9-7) get the 25th pick, while the Saints (11-5) will select 27th and the Carolina Panthers (12-4) will go 28th.

The Indianapolis Colts (11-5) earned the 26th pick over the Saints based on strength of schedule, but dealt the pick to the Cleveland Browns in the Trent Richardson trade earlier this season.

ANOTHER 300: Not that it was any consolation, but Brees posted his sixth 300-yard passing game in the postseason when he had 309 yards against the Seahawks.

That ties him for second place all-time with Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Joe Montana. Peyton Manning is the record-holder with eight 300-yard games in the playoffs.

Brees recorded his sixth 300-yard passing game in just 11 outings, besting Warner (13 games),Montana(23) and Brady (24).

GALETTE WINS ‘GOOD GUY’: Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette has been chosen to receive the 2013 Jim Finks Good Guy Award in a vote of media who cover the team on a regular basis.

Named in honor of the team’s late general manager, the local chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America recognizes a player for his professionalism and cooperation in helping the media throughout the season.

Tackle Zach Strief was the 2012 winner.