New Orleans Saints: Ranking the team’s undrafted rookies this season
No. 3 Carl Granderson
Granderson has seen the least playing time out of all of the players on this list so far this season. He has only played in four games and has yet to get a start at defensive end.
Considering his competition at the position with Marcus Davenport having a stellar sophomore season and Trey Hendrickson impressing as his backup, Granderson has done well with the limited chances he has gotten.
What makes Granderson stand out is that he’s been exactly what the scouts and team has expected him to be. He was one of the first four undrafted rookies brought onto the Saints team because of his potential as a speedy pass rusher out of Wyoming.
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Granderson has shown the athletic ability and pursuit speed to potentially handle duties as a linebacker in a 3-4 coverage scheme.
His inability to handle run-stopping duties on the edge could make him a designated pass rusher only considering New Orleans defensive strength stemming from their prowess in the run stopping game.
So far this season, Granderson has only played in four games and has two tackles and one sack, not super impressive, but based on his lack of professional game experience, he definitely has potential. His single sack is proof that his skills as a pass rusher could definitely translate to the NFL even with the limited action that he has been given.
If Granderson wants to cement himself as a consistent part of the Saints’ defensive rotation and get more snaps as a pro, then he needs to work on his skills as an edge rusher and not rely entirely on his athleticism and speed.
Luckily for the rookie, on the other edge of himself is Cam Jordan, one of the best ends with great hand work and a high-motor. Taking advice and tips from a player like Jordan could really boost his play.