NFL Draft 2010: 2nd and 3rd Round Recap

Rounds two and three of the 2010 NFL Draft are now in the book and for New Orleans Saints fans, it was chock full of surprises. With the final pick in the second round, the Saints chose offensive tackle Charles Brown from USC. After going against the grain and selecting an offensive player in round two, the Saints astounded again by picking Miami tight end Jimmy Graham.

In case you missed anything from yesterday's action, I've wrapped it all up in a neat little bow right here. On top of a little more information about each of these players skills and abilities, I have compiled a pretty impressive collection of links, tweets, transcripts and videos from around the internet. It's basically a "Who Dat Say" for yesterdays NFL draft shenanigans and it's just as comprehensive. 

Player Overview & Analysis: Charles Brown, OT

Courtesy of Dave-Te' Thomas and NFLDraftScout.com

Brown was listed as the 23rd-best offensive tackle prospect, receiving a three-star rating from Rivals.com. Scout.com regarded him higher as a tight end prospect (10th in the prep ranks), according him four-star prospect status. In his final campaign, he caught 15 passes for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also recorded 73 tackles (43 solo) with 10 sacks, helping the Panthers compile a 9-3-1 record in his final season, as he also added All-Region, All-Mt. Balty League and All-Southern section accolades.

As a junior, Brown was named to All-League second-team while also earning All-Region recognition. He pulled down fourteen passes for 145 yards and a score, as he also made 41 tackles with four sacks and two fumble recoveries. As a sophomore, he was an All-League first-team pick.

Brown was heavily recruited by most West coast school, but ultimately decided to enroll at Southern California over Oregon and UCLA. He arrived on USC's campus as a 250-pound tight end, but quickly became a product of the university's renowned training room. After a year redshirting and concentrating on increasing his strength and bulk, he showed up for 2006 spring drills a solid 285 pounds. Still learning the art of blocking, he would spend that season mostly on the scout team, but did see brief action in four games at left tackle, serving as All-American Sam Baker's understudy.

Brown earned his first collegiate start at right tackle in the 2007 season opener vs. Idaho. He would perform in a total of nine games that year, primarily as a back-up at both tackle spots while also performing on special teams, recording a solo tackle vs. Nebraska. He missed the Arizona clash after suffering an ankle sprain in practice leading up to that game and would also miss three other contests before he fully recovered.

With Sam Baker having graduated, Brown was shifted to left offensive tackle in 2008, earning All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention. With 93 knockdowns and 15 touchdown-resulting blocks to show for his performance, the Trojans went on to rank 11th in the nation in total offense (454.69 yards per game), as the front wall led the Pac-10 in fewest quarterback sacks allowed (1.38 sacks per game).

Brown's game continued to develop in 2009. Despite struggles with a new quarterback and injuries on the offensive line, he emerged as an All-American and All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection. The recipient of the Morris Trophy, given to the league's top blocker, he posted a league-best 87.46% grade for blocking consistency, pacing the Trojans with 100 knockdowns while his 15 touchdown-resulting blocks also led the league ranks.

Pass blocking: Lanky build with plenty of room for additional growth. Long arms and shows good quickness off the snap. Shuffles back in pass protection with bent knees, ready to slide inside or out to mirror the defender. Significantly improved his upper-body strength as a senior, using a more effective punch to stun the pass rusher. Gives good effort, and showed improved upper-body strength to sustain blocks. Can become fundamentally lazy and lean on his opponent rather than sliding his feet, even allowing much slower defenders beating him inside.

Run blocking: While he flashes nastiness with an explosive initial shove, he remains largely a finesse blocker who relies on positioning and athleticism. Only marginal using leverage and leg drive as a short-area run blocker. Shows an explosive burst to make the reach block or cut block when sealing the edge.

Pulling/trapping: Shows good quickness off the snap for combo blocks. Gets his hands into defenders and is agile enough to release and get to the second level.

Initial Quickness: Good initial quickness and depth in his kick slide in pass protection and when attacking the defender in the running game.

Downfield: Good quickness downfield as a run blocker. Can get to the second level and adjusts nicely to the moving target. Flashes some nastiness with an explosive shove to knock the defender off the ball, but scouts would rather he latched on and kept his feet chugging to make sure his man doesn't recover. Shows good effort to sustain blocks and will hustle downfield.

Intangibles: Former tight end who impressed in his first season as the starting left tackle in 2008 and showed greatly improved upper body strength and aggression in his second starting season. Might be just scratching the surface of his potential.

NFL Comparison: Maurice Williams, ex-Jaguars

 

Player Overview & Analysis: Jimmy Graham, TE

Courtesy of Dave-Te' Thomas and NFLDraftScout.com

The word "upside" was made for athletic players like Graham, who has gone from solid basketball big man to big-time NFL prospect in the span of a few months. Comparisons to former Cal basketball star and future Hall-of-Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez are natural - and becoming more realistic every day.

A top 100 national recruit, Graham signed on to play hoops for the 'Canes in 2005. He started between nine and 11 contests in each of his four seasons, blocking 104 shots in 120 games. He joined the football team last August, and scored a touchdown on his first reception against Georgia Tech. He had a rough game the next week against Virginia Tech, with two important drops, but bounced back to finish the season strong. His 17 catches for 213 yards included five touchdowns, making him the sort of red-zone threat NFL teams covet at the tight end position.

Graham told scouts that football was his first love, even though he hadn't played since the ninth grade, and that he turned down six figures to play basketball overseas. He should earn a lot more than that if he continues to learn the game and improve as a blocker at such a fast rate. His ridiculous Combine testing (4.50 40, 38.5" vertical at 6-6) and nice week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl only heightened the interest from scouts - you can't coach his height and athleticism.  

Release: Uses his phenomenal athleticism to get out of the three-point stance and to top speed quickly. Able to sidestep and shimmy past safeties and linebackers at the line. Separates well downfield with long strides; no real second gear, however.

Hands: Hands improved throughout the season, concentrating more on the ball as the season went on and body-catching balls less and less. Has the hand-eye coordination to snatch balls out of the air from any direction and track over either shoulder. Hears footsteps over the middle and short-arms high passes that he has the ability to go up and get. His height and vertical are useful on jump balls in the end zone and on the hands team for onside kicks.

Route running: Excellent feet for routes; can sink and cut inside or outside quickly. Sells and sets up routes extremely well for an inexperienced player; safeties have no clue where he is going to go. Major threat down the seam because of his height and agility. Uses his solid frame to box out defenders over the middle.

After the catch: Extremely fluid and agile runner after the catch; can run away from smaller defenders with his long strides. Strong enough to run through arm tackles, hold off would-be tacklers with his long arms and fall forward for an extra couple of yards due to his height. Lacks vision, and typically is best catching the ball on the run. Can become more elusive with more time at the position.

Blocking: Very inexperienced blocker who needs to be more consistently physical on the edge. Has the length and build to extend and gets into position to wall off inside lane for defender, but doesn't have much pop or ability to sustain. Will help strong side tackle take the defensive end down the field on doubles. His size makes it tough for defenders to avoid his cut block but he is not technically sound. Misses targets on the run, and doesn't adjust well to oncoming defenders.

Intangibles: Has worked hard to improve his strength training and football knowledge since joining the team last summer. Suffered through a rough childhood to mature. Earned his degree in May 2008.

 

Twitter

drewbrees Leaving New York. Had a good time at draft and doing the media tour for Madden NFL 11. Official launch is Aug 10 in Nola. Maddengras!

JeremyShockey Predictions for who were taking today??

T_Porter22 Shout out to my boy Roger Saffold getting drafted 33rd pick to the Rams..another Indiana Hoosier in the league!!!

usama_young28 Jus touched down. Let's find out what I missed in day 2 of the draft

BillyMiller83 Congrats Who Dat nation you got another guy from USC... Very smart

jeffduncantp Obviously, the club went with the BPA available theory. Brown was highly rated but certainly does NOT fill a need 

jeffduncantp Charles Brown was by far the highest rated player still on the board. NFLDraftScout had him the No. 34 overall player in the draft. 

jeffduncantp Brown was a high school tight end. Arrived at USC at 250 pounds. Gained attention by protecting Mark Sanchez' blind side.

jeffduncantp Saints now have five -- count 'em, 5! -- tackles on the roster, including two Pro Bowlers. Gotta be best tackle situation in the league.

alexbrown96 All these Gators being drafted is even more proof why we are the best school in the world!!!

jgoody76 RT @theblakeroach @jgoody76 come on dude tell us the plan. My head is about 2 explode>lol I have no idea but I believe n our front office

T_Porter22 Now waiting on 3 more Hossiers to be called. N the draft..@i_POLKaDOTS, @CrewCampRay, and @King_Willie_Lou

T_Porter22 ***HOOSIERS***not Hossiers lol

BillyMiller83 Congrats @JeremyShockey another TE from the U! Also to the Who Dat nation! He should be a good 1 and he's a good kid!

jeffduncantp  Saints 3rd, TE Jimmy Graham is compared to another former college hoops star-turned-NFLer: Tony Gonzalez of Cal. Graham, is 6-6, 260. 

jeffduncantp Don't forget Chargers Pro Bowler Antonio Gates was also an ex-college hoops star. Graham ran a 4.5 40 at combine, a 38.5-inch vertical.

lholder_cbs_nba The Jimmy Graham pick may have gone over better if the #Saints would have addressed OLB or DT. But obviously that hasn't happened.

jeffduncantp Graham was the 3rd rated TE by NFLDraftScout. Saints clearly felt he was another value pick

lholder_cbs_nba Payton said he couldn't trade jammal Brown yet anyway because he hasn't signed his tender. Hinted tomorrow could see movement.

jeffduncantp   Final tweet of nite: w/Nos. 32, 64 & 95 pix, Saints get Nos. 34 (Brown), 37 (Robinson) & 65 (Graham) overall players, per NFLDraftScout.

usama_young28   Dag on... I missed the whole second day! Wiggidy

JeremyShockey Excited we drafted former canes te jimmy graham!!! hes gonna be great one day

ChaseDaniel So proud of Colt...dream come true! He'll be able to learn from two unbelievable pro's! So excited for him!

 

Linkage

 

 

Profile: New Orleans Saints second round selection Charles Brown (OT - USC) - NewOrleans.com

 

Profile: New Orleans Saints third round selection Jimmy Grahan (TE - Miami, FL) - NewOrleans.com

 

New Orleans picks up TE Jimmy Graham in third round - WWLTV

Saints surprise USC's Charles Brown, take him in 2nd round - WWLTV

Saints go rogue in the first three rounds WWLTV

Saints select University of Miami TE Jimmy Graham - Miami Herald

Graham Taken on Day Two of 2010 NFL Draft - Miami official athletic site

"We're very excited for Jimmy and his family," UM head coach Randy Shannon said. "Jimmy is going to be a fine football player at the next level, and we wish him all the best in the NFL." 

New Orleans Saints and Jimmy Graham seem like a perfect fit - Palm Beach Post

2010 New Orleans Saints Draft Sights - New Orleans Saints official website

New Orleans Saints add two more 'best players available' in rounds two and three - NewOrleans.com 

 

Video

Saints coach Sean Payton on the second day of the draft
Saints GM Mickey Loomis on the Saints second pick
TP's Jeff Duncan on the Saints second pick



Sean Payton Press Conference Transcript

From the New Orleans Saints official website

Opening Statement:

 "Wrapping up today with the selection of Jimmy Graham, there was a guy that when you payed attention to the limited tape and yet the workouts, the character...People use the term upside. I like all the measurables we saw with him. I think he understands and will continue to get better. That's one of the things you saw this year with him playing. He has more of a basketball background. We're excited about the selection. He's a guy that when you start the process, there are a few guys you are very attached to. It happens every year during the draft. He was one of those guys for us collectively. The challenge with a player like that is you just don't know how others are going to see him as well, so as you try to visualize where a player like that gets selected. It's hard to predict. What's most important is you just have to like him and you have to have a vision for the player. We had a good visit with him when he was here, had a real good visit tonight. That finishes where we are at today with some more work tomorrow."

Can you discuss why you like him?

"Honestly in the process, I was probably the one who was skeptical in the beginning in regards to the idea, the area scout that had him, the cross check, Rick Reiprish, the director (of college scouting), the position coach and I think as the process evolved, you kept looking for a reason. You're waiting to hear that we have to develop his hands or that he's going to struggle learning at first. Certainly there's going to be a period of growth for the player. I think that was one specific player that everyone felt pretty good about. We understand that this is a three day period when everybody says they got their guy. How many times do you hear that, but we're excited about what we think he can do, not just three years from now, but what we think he can do now when you watch him."

Can you talk if this a guy with value on the board?

"This one is different because you probably don't have as much to grade and yet the process in evaluating workouts and everything you see. That all is probably one of the biggest challenges in doing this. It's exciting."

When you see guys with basketball backgrounds like Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez, do you envision Graham having some of the same skills as these guys when they came out?

"Yes. I think you just have to be cautious that you're not trying to make them somebody, but clearly, it starts with your vision. A question we ask all the time is who do we remind them of and now Antonio Gates was someone that wasn't drafted. I'm trying to think of who he reminds me of. I remember our workout of Jason Witten. That's different, because Jason had a lot more football experience at Tennessee than Jimmy, so when you look at watching them run and catch and see them progress...We spent a week down there at Miami at the practices. You continue to gather your information and everything that comes back is positive and you watch the improvement he made already and you look at some of the things you think he can do right now. You develop the things that need to be worked on. He has a unique skill set. He really does. He catches it very efficiently, so it's exciting."

Are you discouraged that you weren't able to address the front seven yet so far?

"I think prior to the draft with signing a couple of defensive ends, getting the corner yesterday, that definitely was coming into the draft something we wanted to accomplish and with a number of picks tommorrow we want to accomplish. We have to make sure we're really paying attention to the grade and not taking a player based on need only, so we'll continue to look at that. There's a lot still to go."

When you did your pre-draft mocks, did you ever have a scenario where Charles Brown was available at 64?

"Yes. There's a handful of players where when you're picking at 32, you feel you might not have a chance to draft that you think you're not going to take them at 32 and by the time you get to 64 they might not be on the board. There are players I could go through with you, the safety at South Florida, who we thought was a real good player, (Nate) Allen. There was a group of players that if they could get 32, we're not going to be selecting them, but by the time we go again, we're not going to have a chance to select them, like the TCU linebacker (Daryl) Washington, another great example of someone Arizona got. The player was going to be drafted where Roman (Harper) was drafted or Tracy (Porter) was drafted. There's certain players you have that sense on based on your grade. I think in fairness in relation to that selection and the player, we kind of saw that taking place maybe, where at 32 it wasn't going to happen, but at 64, it probably wasn't either. You don't know. We had talked and we know Mickey (Loomis) had mentioned it probably about moving up a little and it's always maybe a little easier said than done and we just kind of continue to try to sit tight and we were able to make the selection. That was good."

Was Brown graded higher in your grades then where you got him?

"We had him graded very high. His magnet stood out independently. I don't think coming in we identified tackle as a place where we had to select somebody but we felt like the grade was clearly different."

In regards to the trade speculation with Jammal Brown and the Redskins, can you discuss potential trade conversations prior to the draft and during the draft. Did you have them internally or with the actual teams?

"There are a handful; he's an unsigned restricted free agent. I think you try to go through the scenarios. For us, you say where do you have some depth on your team that you feel like you maybe have some assets. Tackle was one with the development of Jermon (Bushrod) and with Jammal over there who has been good for us. The receiver position is the same way where we feel like we have a pretty good group with some young players as well with Adrian Arrington. I'm not saying you randomly go out, but you try to look at some teams with other needs. It happens a lot more than is really reported. I think that process of trying to help yourself on the defensive front seven or maybe help yourself in other areas where you have maybe additional players and where do you feel you're light."

Would it be accurate to report you spoke to other teams?

"I think it would be accurate to say, because what happens is there's a lot that's entertained in there. What normally would happen is that I think teams would like to go through this process to see if they can make the selection. You can't make a trade with player right now that's unsigned anyway. The player has to be signed to trade him, so once you get through the first day, the second day, tomorrow, then teams that of couldn't fill a need possibly became more interested in certain players, no different than when we would pursue and continue to look at other areas where maybe we weren't able to draft, but with a player that's unsigned, you really aren't in a position to trade him anyway. You couldn't just say it about the one player. A lot is discussed in regards to rosters when you talk to other teams relating to picks possibly when the draft's over. We got through the draft a couple years ago and then traded for (Jeremy) Shockey after the minicamps, later on. In his case it just took more time. I think tomorrow you'll see some movement, but with the unrestricted players and restricted players that have not signed, there cannot be any.

Now that you have drafted Charles Brown, does it possibly encourage you to try to get some value for a player like Jammal Brown?

"We said after the selection, we're excited about having quality players that that position. Once again, we talked about corner yesterday and you talk about left tackle. It's another area that teams hold in high regard when it comes to the draft and we'll see. I'm anxious to see him come in and compete as a rookie, get stronger. He has a lot to work on and I'm sure he knows that. Going from the college level at that position, all of a sudden seeing (John) Abraham and some of the guys they have to see...But we like the fact that we graded him well. His magnet stood out there clearly from where we were at or where we thought we were at, but we have depth there I think. There's a lot of players. You're going to have to teach, train and get snaps. Jermon Bushrod, we felt progressed each game last year and he's a guy we've invested time and a draft pick in. Jammal Brown we've won with and he's been a two-time Pro Bowl player for us, but those are good problems to have, especially at that position, which is a position sometimes if you don't have the right player, it can really hurt you."

The Vikings moved back behind you guys into the second round. There was some speculation in Minneapolis today that that Patrick Robinson was going to be available to them at the start of the second round and that they wanted him thinking they would still get him. Were you concerned they would take Robinson before you and once they were behind you, were you still concerned?

"I think you're always concerned when you're looking to select a player. I think Detroit came in there. Right away you're looking at Detroit's needs. When it gets down to the two picks in front of you, the final pick, you're a little worried that all of a sudden you might lose your player. We had two players we were ready to select, but I had heard what you just said. We really weren't aware of it when they backed out. We weren't' concerned with Minnesota selecting him at the front of the second round. We were concerned with the teams in front of us and just knowing the nature of the position, like when Detroit moved up. Generally when a team moves up there's a player they have in mind and the running back from Cal was the player they had in mind, but when they move up, they have someone they were specifically going to draft and what happens over the years, you see it happen where someone moves up in front and selects maybe the player you were targeting. You wait it out. We did have two players. Patrick was the one we hoped stayed on the board. He did and we felt fortunate to be in a position to draft him."

Could Jimmy Graham's maturation be accelerated by the fact that he considers Jeremy Shockey to be a mentor?

"There's plenty of snaps. You guys know there are a lot of snaps and stuff we do formationally. It's not so much the conventional one tight end offense. I think Jeremy and one of the things he said after we had selected him was that he knew of Jeremy's history there. Those guys are kind of a little bit of a fraternity. I think it's beneficial for a younger player to watch and see what's happening in front of them, someone with the experience Jeremy has and even David Thomas. He's going to come in here and be hungry to learn. That's the thing that's exciting. You look at the workout, you match it with his ability to catch. I kept looking for reasons to not like the player and couldn't find any. I think it will be a good fit and I think it's important at that position when you look at the quarterback and the smaller windows and spaces they operate in and the routes from the outside. He's a guy that I think that provides a big target that we can take advantage of him."

When you speak of Graham's skill set are you referring more to pass catching than blocking?

"I think that would be accurate. He's got real good size. He has a frame that can continue to gain weight. I think he can become a real good run blocker. He has very soft hands. He's fast and he's extremely intelligent. You start there and try to feature the things he does well and work at the things that he's not as proficient at. That's kind of where you start from. To answer the question, that's the area you see initially. It's hard to work out a tight end. Usually the ones you would grade as real good run blockers, you have evidence of film on. It's hard to work a tight end out with limited exposure and say he's going to be a good run blocker. I think when you watch him in his college tape, he's willing, and he's strong. He's very athletic and we'll try to get him up to speed quickly. You guys will have a chance to see some of what we're talking about I think.



Mickey Loomis Press Conference Transcript

Per NewOrleans.com

Can you talk about the selection of Charles Brown?

"He was the best available player and the best available player for us on our board by far. We're excited to have him come in and compete. I'm excited about the upside he has as a player."

Had you not had a lot of contact with him previously?

"No, we didn't. We weren't expecting to take an offensive tackle early in the draft, but when it came to the pick, it was clearly the best available player to us, I think very similar in circumstance to when we took Deuce McAllister and when we took Will Smith. There really wasn't' a lot of debate."

Can you fill us in if there have been trade talks regarding Jammal Brown?

"We've had a few conversations about Jammal and had a few conversations leading up to this draft, but there's nothing imminent and we're going to let it sort itself out. We certainly didn't draft Charles with the idea that we're moving on from Jammal. It wasn't the case at all, in fact, we like the tackles that we have. Jammal's obviously been to the Pro Bowl and although he was injured last year, we know he's a very good player. We like what Jermon Bushrod has done for us and we like what Zach Strief has done for us and obviously Jon Stinchcomb was in the Pro Bowl this year. There's nothing wrong with stockpiling offensive linemen and tackles in particular and so, that's part of our thinking here."

IS there a chance that Charles Brown could get a good look at guard?

"I don't think so. We envision him as a tackle and one of the things is that he's going to be a little bit of a developmental guy for us. We need to get him stronger and he's only started for two years. He came into USC as a tight end. He's athletic and that's part of the reason we think there's a big upside for him."

Did you come into this draft looking to let things play out like you did with the previous selections of Deuce McAllister and Will Smith or have you been looking to make some deals?

"We've been active on the phones. Just being active on the phone doesn't mean you can make a deal. I would say that's our philosophy going in, but at the same time, you want to recognize you have some needs, we have some desire to improve in our personnel and so you have to balance the two things, what your needs are, the way your board is and the grade that you have. If it's close with a group of players, then you look to the position and you evaluate a little more, but in this case, it just wasn't close for us."

Do you look at him as a left or right tackle?

"We envision him as a left tackle at this point. We'll see what happens."

Was your plan to try to get up in this round when you could previously?

"I don't know that we came into the day thinking that, but we did explore what's the cost of moving to the upper middle part of the round. What's the cost of moving to the middle and then once you get within eight or ten picks, I don't know if we want to give up any picks to move up just that few spots, dependent on the players available. We explored it and ultimately decided we didn't want to make a move."

Can you discuss a report that you discussed acquiring Albert Haynesworth with the Redskins?

"No, we never had a conversation regarding that player."

Would you like to try to get a fifth round pick back?

"We don't have a goal of doing that. Right now, we've got a pick coming up and obviously we have a fourth, sixth and seventh. I don't know that we look at it to wanting a fifth necessarily, although what happens is no different a year ago with (Thomas) Morstead, we got late in the draft, found somebody we really liked and traded away a future pick. I'm not ruling that out, but at this point I don't have a plan sitting here today to get a fifth round pick."

Have you had options to trade Jammal Brown before but have the offers just not been high enough?

"I'd rather not say. We've had some discussions and we'll leave it at that."

Is it obvious that with five tackles, you like to explore your options?

"No, I wouldn't say it that way. I think we're going to let it sort itself out and there's nothing wrong with having depth at a position certainly."

When you explored moving up, was that with Charles Brown in mind?

"What happened there was we had a group of three or four players that we felt were really high and we were worried none of them would be available when it was our turn to pick. We had a contingency plan to move backwards also. One thing we need to keep in mind is we have several players that will be potential unrestricted free agents a year from now. That's always a factor when you're looking at the depth of your team."

Is Jammal Brown one of those players?

"Jammal potentially is an unrestricted free agent next year, yes."

Is it concievable you can keep five tackles on your roster this year?

"Sure."

Who is your third guard right now, Tim Duckworth?

"I think it would be. We look at Zach (Strief) as a right tackle and he's played left tackle as well. We look at him as a tackle. Again, we'll get into minicamps and training camps and we'll let that sort itself out. Obviously we're trying to keep the best players we can keep and the best offensive linemen we can keep. A year ago, our active roster we were probably one light in terms of offensive linemen and so you go back to carrying another one if the talent warrants it."



Jimmy Graham Conference Call Transcript

Per NewOrleans.com

What are your thoughts on being drafted by the Super Bowl champion Saints?

"It's an honor to be drafted by the New Orleans Saints. It's a team that I've watched for the last 10 years. They're my favorite team and I see that as the best situation possible."

How much contact did you have with the Saints throughout this process or was this pick a surprise?

"I came on a visit, which was incredible. I got the opportunity to meet all the coaches and sit in the locker room and see the facilities. It definitely wasn't a surprise for me and I'm very excited."

How did you become a Saints fan?

"I actually know a lot of people from New Orleans and a Saints game was the first pro football game that I ever watched."

Where do you feel like you fit in with this offense and the tight ends like Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas?

"I definitely think that I can help immediately. Of course learning from those two guys is a great opportunity for me, but I definitely think that I have the ability to stretch the field with my speed and size and have the opportunity to get past the safeties. I'm very good in one-on-one coverage and I think that's where I'll be able to help early and also on special teams."

Do you think only having one year of college football experience will inhibit you at all?

"I don't think so. This is something that I've been working on every day tremendously and it's something that I've been focused on and that I want. I started playing football last year and was able to do a lot in the little bit of time that I had and now going to the next level, I'm just excited to take on the opportunities. I don't think it's going to take that long."

There are some players on the Saints team, such as Drew Brees and Robert Meachem, who fancy themselves as good basketball players. Do you have any messages for them?

"I'd love to have the opportunity to meet Drew Brees on the court and show him a little bit."

Why do you think there is a correlation to basketball and tight end? Do they have a skill set that translates pretty well?

"I'm not really sure about that. For me, I think my skill set was something that translated very well. I was an explosive basketball player; a shot-blocker, an aggressive rebounder. The ability to go up and get rebounds and timing block shots and to move my feet and have touch around the basket while working on my hands; the ability to go get the ball and my footwork is something that translates to football."

How did you come to have friends from New Orleans?

"My college roommate's girlfriend is from New Orleans and we used to go up there a lot and now he lives there so I get up there every couple of months. I'm real excited. I was at this year's Super Bowl cheering for the Saints and wearing a Saints hat. For me, this is a dream come true and I'm excited for this opportunity. I'm hungry to get started."

What were Jeremy Shockey's words of encouragement to you when you talked to him after one of the Saints' Super Bowl practices in Miami?

"I saw him after the practice and he was in the cold tub and I walked up to him and introduced myself. He knew who I was and he told me that he had been watching me all year and that he was very proud of me and what I had done. He just told me that if I keep working hard and I stick with it that the sky is the ceiling. For me, that was incredible. He's a guy that I look up to in football and he has done a lot. For him to say that about me meant everything."

What will it mean to you to be in his position group every day in practice?

"I can't tell you how excited I am. Obviously he's a Miami guy and when I came in to play for the University of Miami, it was his film that I was watching, it was his Pro Day that I watched to prepare for my Pro Day. So I know his game and I have kind of tried to pattern myself after him. But to watch him and learn from him what he knows about the game and to have him teach me every day, I can't express in words how excited I am."

 

Charles Brown Conference Call Transcript

Per NewOrleans.com

What was your reaction when you found out you were going to the Super Bowl champs?

"I screamed and I told the coach I was ready to go compete for another Super Bowl."

Are you a little surprised to be coming to the Saints, considering their depth at offensive tackle?

"I was a little surprised but it doesn't matter. I was waiting too long look at that TV."

Did you come visit the Saints?

"No I didn't."

How much previous contact had you had with them?

"Zero, I think. I may have met with them at the Combine."

Do you expect to play left tackle or are there other positions you can play along the line?

"I expect to play wherever the coach tells me to play."

Have you talked to Sedrick Ellis or Reggie Bush about New Orleans?

"No, not recently."

Have you ever talked to them about the Saints?

"Yes, they said they love it there."

You said it had been a long wait. Were you expecting to go last night?

"Last night would have been great but I was expecting to go a little earlier in the second. I don't want to harp on that though; I'm over it. I'm happy where I'm at."

Where are you right now?

"I'm at my house in Santa Monica."

How many people do you have there?

"About 12."

Who did you talk to from the Saints and what did they tell you that they want you to do here?

"I talked with Coach Payton and he said that he wants me to come in and compete."

Do you expect to be a left tackle in the NFL?

"Playing left tackle would be great but I'll play anywhere. I do want to be a left tackle in the NFL, yes."

How do you describe your style? What are your strengths and what do you need to work on?

"I'm quick on my feet in my pass-blocking. I do need to work on my punch in my pass-blocking and a lot of work on my run-blocking."

Do you know much about the left tackle position in New Orleans?

"I know they have a Jammal Brown and we have the same name but that's all I know about it now. I don't know much about the rest of the depth."

When Coach Payton told you he expected you to come in and compete, did he give you any indication of where that might be on the line?

"No, he didn't tell me."


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