It’s time for the world to meet Everette Brown.
Panthers’ brass thought so highly of the Florida State defensive end that they surrendered a No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft for the right to draft Brown in the second round with the 43rd overall pick.
The Panthers traded away their first-round pick in this year’s draft to Philadelphia last year to snag OL Jeff Otah. That move turned out to be the right move. Otah, along with fellow 2008 draftee Jonathan Stewart, looks to be the cornerstone for a strong rushing attack for years to come.
Although they had no first-round pick this year, they feel that they selected a first-round caliber player in Brown. In fact, most draft boards had him going in the initial round, some estimate, as a top-20 pick.
Brown, the runner-up 2008 ACC Player of the Year, was one of the top-rated pass rushers entering the draft. Some draft gurus rated him ahead of Texas Longhorn Brian Orakpo, who went to the Washington Redskins with the 13th pick. The Panthers believe they may have pulled the coup of the draft by grabbing Brown in the second round.
Brown is small by NFL standards for a defensive end (6'1", 256 pounds), but he has an incessant motor and never seems to give up on a play.
Shortly after the draft, Brown made these comments to Charlotte Observer reporter David Scott, “Every time I step on the field, I give it everything. No matter what.”
One of the knocks on Peppers, the man that Brown is in line to replace, is that he takes plays off. Panthers’ nation has always viewed Peppers as an underachiever. To have a player like Brown, who maximizes his abilities, would go a long way towards soothing the wounds caused by the impending divorce between Julius and Carolina.
Brown, a native of tiny Stantonsburg, NC, attended Beddingfield High School in Wilson, NC. After starring at both defensive end and tight end, he chose Florida State University over Georgia, Penn State, and Tennessee, to name just a few.
As a Seminole in 2008, Brown had a fabulous junior year. He finished the year with 21.5 tackles for loss and a career-high 13.5 quarterback sacks, earning All-ACC first team and third-team All-American honors.
After the Seminoles’ Champs Sports Bowl rout of Wisconsin, he had a big decision to make. With a college degree already in hand (Brown redshirted as a freshman), the choice to go pro early was an easy one.
With the Panthers, Brown is stepping into an ideal situation. He should compete for playing time immediately.
It won’t be long before the people of Charlotte and all of the NFL know exactly who Everette Brown is.