Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Georgia
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Georgia Bulldogs?
From May 1 until the start of the 2016 NFL season on September 11, we’re going to list the best players that the Saints ever drafted from all 128 FBS schools, as of 2015.
Of course, there are a number of schools, including Air Force, Appalachian St., Arizona, Army, Baylor, Boise St., Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Florida, Central Michigan, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, and South Alabama, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Yesterday, we looked at the best player the Saints ever drafted from Fresno St.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Georgia.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Georgia, the choice is limited to offensive lineman Paul Fersen (1973), defensive lineman Charles Grant (2002), defensive back Terry Hoage (1884), offensive lineman Nat Hudson (1981), defensive tackle John Jenkins (2013), receiver Lindsay Scott (1982), offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb (2003), defensive lineman Johnatan Sullivan (2003), and defensive back Damian Swann (2015).
The pick is going to be Grant, a defensive end, who played 8 years for the Saints, from 2002-2009.
A native of Colquitt, Georgia, Grant was selected by the Saints in the 1st round, with the 25th-overall pick. of the 2002 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Grant played in 16 games as a rookie, including 6 as a starter, compiling 30 tackles and 7 sacks.
Grant became a fulltime starter in 2003, and responded, totaling 46 tackles and 10 sacks, and then eclipsed those numbers in 2004 with 65 tackles and 10.5 sacks, both career highs.
Over the next 5 seasons, including the Saints' Super Bowl season in 2009, even though he missed the playoff with a bicep injury, Grant continued to start at left defensive end, making 190 tackles and 19.5 sacks during those years, combined.
Grant was released by the Saints following the 2009 season, and signed with the Miami Dolphins, but he never played, before being signed and released by the Chicago Bears without playing a down, ending his NFL career.
In 8 seasons in the NFL, all with the Saints, Grant played in 118 games, with 106 starts, totaling 341 tackles, 47 sacks, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.