April 20, 2002

Charles Grant, defensive end, Georgia

#25 - First Round (25th Overall)

DE Charles Grant, Georgia - 6'3 - 282

The Saints had another decision to make, this time involving a pair of cornerbacks and a pair of defensive ends.

Miami's Mike Rumph, Florida's Lito Sheppard were the defensive backs and South Carolina's Kalimba Edwards and Georgia's Charles Grant were the defensive ends. Grant, who the Saints considered at 13, was the selection.

Mueller has touted Grant as one of the few two-way defensive ends in the draft. Most of the defensive ends in this year's draft, including Edwards, were undersized and were subject against the run. Grant, an raw and undeveloped underclassman, weighs in with the prerequisite bulk to play defensive end. Probably the player whose stock rose the most since the end of the college football season.

Grant was inconsistent in college but has some dominating performances including a four-sack performance against Auburn. Grant is also the second junior that the Saints have selected.

He is expected to compete with Willie Whitehead for the starting job at left defensive end, and take Whitehead's place after this season.

Doesn't have a sparkly-clean record, after being arrested for soliciting an undercover police officer for sex before the start of his junior season. He was suspended for the opener. Had major knee surgery but that injury is no concern now.

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