Posted on: August 17, 2009 10:35 pm
The Carolina Panthers traded their first round pick in next April's draft to the San Francisco 49ers for the right to select Florida State pass rusher Everette Brown 43rd overall. The All-American registered 21.5 tackles for loss, including an ACC-leading 13.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles for the Seminoles as a junior. Officially listed by the Seminoles at 6-4, 252 pounds, Brown turned up a stunning 2.5 inches shorter at only 6-1 (1/2), which led to his drop out of the first round.
Brown was flip-flopped between left and right defensive end for the Panthers on Monday Night Football against the New Yotk Giants. Some of his more spirited battles came against fellow rookie William Beatty (Connecticut), also drafted in the second round. Brown's sack of Andre Woodson, arguably his best play of the night, was against Beatty.
Everette Brown, Carolina Panthers DE #91 -- Looks even smaller than his Combine measurements. Discouraging inconsistency in his get-off at the snap. Flashed the good burst he'd shown in college, but relied on guessing the snap count too often tonight. Was even occasionally the last on the line reacting to the snap. Had to beat tackle with his initial burst, as he lacked the strength to push the pocket consistently with his bull rush. Lack of upper body explosiveness limits his effectivess in all areas. Good lateral agility to re-direct, but has to get by cleanly, as bigger tackles can simply push him off his route due to his lack of size, strength. Quick hands to get into the tackle's chest. Flashes the strength to pull the tackle down and swim over the top of him. Flashed suddenness to accelerate with the ball-carrier in view. Only marginal strength to pull down the quarterback. Spinning, drag-down tackle for his sack of Woodson in the 3rd quarter.
With offenses having to account for Julius Peppers, Brown has an opportunity to enjoy immediate success. Though his overall play Monday night was a bit disappointing and Brown's lack of prototypical size and strength limits his ability to be an every-down defender, his burst, long arms and closing speed should still make him one of the more successful rookie pass rushers this season.
Posted on: March 24, 2009 3:48 pm
New Cleveland head coach Eric Mangini spoke to the media at the Owners' Meetings this week and was asked questions about how to project a 4-3 defensive end to the 3-4 rush linebacker position. Many are projecting that the Browns, who finished last season tied for 31st in the NFL with only 17 sacks, will take Texas pass rusher Brian Orakpo.
Though Mangini is careful not to mention any player by name, his description of what he looks for reads like Orakpo's list of strengths."You'd like to be able to see on tape some ability to drop, whether it was in zone blitzes, whether it was peeling in coverage.
Like sometimes they'll have the end peel if the guy runs a wide route. You'd like to see some element of that. You' like to see how
stout they are at the point of attack and Athen try to project that to being in a two-point as opposed to a three-point stance. Big part
of that, too, is talking to the player and understanding what or being able to project that they can take that information …
Can they go from a stagnant position where they're getting calls to a position where the call can change two or three
times before the ball is even snapped. Fluidness in their hips, so you can see whether they can drop. I think all those things are key
Orakpo lined up at outside linebacker at times over the past two seasons when the Longhorns used a 3-4 scheme. In the second of
the four-part series I'm writing about Orakpo's Road to the NFL, he told me that the Browns, and coach Mangini, specifically, asked him
about the different responsibilities of the linebacker positions...
The quote is a far cry from acknowleding that the team is going to take Orakpo with the 5th pick, but considering the specifics of
Mangini's answer and the specific traits which separate Orakpo from some of the other top-rated pass rushers of this draft like Everette
Brown and Aaron Maybin, it may be further evidence of which direction the Browns are currently leaning...
Posted on: February 22, 2009 4:56 pm
NFLDraftScout.com's top ranked defensive end may have to change to linebacker considering that he measured in at 6-17/8 and 256 pounds. Listed at 6-4, 251 pounds at Florida State, Brown's lack of preferred height is certain to raise questions among scouts who are looking for pass rushing help. Brown told the media today that he plans on doing both defensive line and linebacker drills this week at the Combine.