Everette Brown - DE/LB, 6'2", 256lbs, 4.73 40-yd dash
Well, we know Everette Brown thinks big. When asked who his NFL idol was and who he would most want to pattern his game after, Brown said, "I would say Lawrence Taylor. His style and the tenacity he played with. How reckless and dominant he was." Ummm, better get to work, Everette...
Everette Brown was born Aug. 7, 1987, in Stantonsburg, NC. A self-proclaimed small-town guy, he grew up as a part of a tight-knit family that he credits with always steering him in the right direction.
His parents stressed academics and hard work and Brown does well in both areas.
Brown played High School football for Beddingfield HS, in Wilson NC. He was a two-way starter, playing tight end and defensive end. His senior year in high school, he caught 40 passes for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns as a tight end.
As a defensive end, he recorded 120 tackles and 16 sacks. Rivals.com listed him as the No. 3 DE prospect in the nation.
The college coaches came calling and he received scholarship offers from Georgia, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, UNC, NC State, and Florida State.
Brown had always been a fan of Florida State football teams, and after visiting FSU, he really liked the college-town feel at Tallahassee, so it was an easy choice for him.
He was red-shirted his first year there, as the Florida coaches wanted him to bulk up to play defensive end. In 2006, as a red-shirt freshman, he was an instant contributor. He saw action in all 13 games and even started three.
He finished second on the team in tackles for minus yardage with 13.5 and tied for third on the team with three quarterback sacks.
His second year at FSU, he started eight games at left defensive end and one at right. He played in all 13 games, recording 37 tackles, six-and-a-half quarterback sacks and 11.5 tackles for minus yardage.
In Brown's third season, he doubled his high-impact plays, finishing the year with 21.5 tackles for loss and a career-high 13.5 quarterback sacks. He was named All-ACC first team and third-team All-American. He was the runner-up for ACC defensive player of the year and was named the FSU Defensive MVP by his coaches.
After the season, he sat down with Coach Bobby Bowden and NFL advisors and discussed his future. Projected as a sure first-rounder and a potential top 15 selection, he had every reason to enter the draft.
Add to that the fact that he had already received his degree and graduated in December, and it became an easy decision. According to Brown, Coach Bowden and his parents support his decision 100 percent.
Not one to sit around, Everette immediately did what comes natural to him; he went to work. After playing at just 225 lbs, in the Seminoles' Champs Sports Bowl rout of Wisconsin, Brown knew he had to hit the gym and the dinner table.
By the time the NFL combine came around, he had bulked up to 256 lbs. However, he barely registered 6'2" in height, which is certainly much shorter than NFL scouts would like.
He performed very well at the combine, running the fourth-fastest 40 among defensive linemen and out performing most of his competition, with the possible exception of Brian Orakpo (before Orakpo went out with a pulled hamstring).
At every level, Brown has been a sack-producing machine. His first step is fantastic and he already has some well-established rush moves.
Says Brown, "When it comes down to it, I'm a football player. I can bring the whole package as far as a guy who can get up the field quickly and will also study the playbook every day and work hard."
Out of all the so-called DE/LB "tweeners" (Maybin, Orakpo, etc) Brown is probably the most suited for conversion to outside rushing LB in a 3-4 defense. He is arguably the most explosive pure pass rusher in this year's draft. He is superb coming off the edge and getting to the quarterback.
He can get after running backs from behind and has excellent lateral movement and change of direction. Because of his lack of size and strength, he sometimes has problems with taking on the bigger run blockers or double-teams at the point of attack.
Because of his size and speed—his 40 time (4.73) was 10th fastest at the combine among both defensive linemen and linebackers—many teams project Brown to become a hybrid outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
He sounds perfect for the Green Bay Packers, who are moving to a 3-4 and are desperately looking to upgrade their pass rush.
Positives: Rangy, athletic build with plenty of room for additional growth...Rare initial quickness off the snap...Has the speed to quickly force the blocking tackle wide...Good flexibility and balance to dip his shoulder and slip under the tackle to collapse the pocket.
Wide variety of counter moves for an underclassman...Good spin and reverse spin and uses his hands well...Good hump, rip, and swim technique...Closes quickly and can explode into the ballcarrier, creating turnovers...
Impressive lower-body strength to hold up against the run, despite his lack of size...Experienced as a stand-up rusher and out of the three-point stance...Good lateral quickness and straight-line speed to keep contain and to make plays in pursuit...Good change-of-direction agility and balance to turn and run in space...Ascending talent.
Negatives: Bit of a "tweener," surprisingly strong at the point of attack but lacks the bulk and upper-body strength to split double-teams...Rarely used in coverage, so transition to 3-4 rush linebacker could take some time...Moved around in the FSU defense to create mismatches...Struggles of recent FSU pass rushers acclimating to the NFL cannot be ignored.
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