New Orleans Saints Rookie Has Some Big Shoes To Fill On Defense

The New Orleans Saints have had success drafting defensive ends in the first round. One of those first round selections was Joe Johnson, who signed a free agent contract with Green Bay during the off season.

That left a void to fill and the Saints didn't waste anytime in hunting down a top defensive end available in the draft. With their second pick in the first round, the Saints selected 6 foot 3 282 pound rookie Charles Grant of the University of Georgia.

He's the 7th defensive end drafted in the first round by the Saints.He must now fill the shoes of Joe Johnson.

In training camp on Tuesday Grant said, "It's a big role to fill. I watched a lot of film on Joe Johnson and I noticed the things he did to make the Saints better. I feel like if I do some of the things he did last year I will be O.K, especially when I bring my ability that I have to the game."

Charles Grant has displayed an aggressive style, combining strength and speed from his defensive end slot. While he's not Joe Johnson, Grant has a huge upside, and could follow in the path of another successful young defensive end Darren Howard, the Saints top draft pick in the 2000 NFL draft. Howard is now one of the veterans on the defensive line and he's entering only his 3rd pro season.