The Carolina Panthers had no first-round picks in April's NFL Draft, but they weren't going to let that stop them from getting a first-round talent. Everette Brown, a pass-rushing defensive end out of Florida State, was regarded by many teams as just that.
After picking up 13.5 sacks in his junior season as a Seminole, Brown decided to realize his dreams and declared for the draft.
Joining Julius Peppers as a constant threat on opposing quarterbacks, Brown could see lots of the field in his rookie campaign, ranging from spot pass-rushing situations (at worst) to splitting time with second-year Panther Tyler Brayton.
If given the chance to sit down one-on-one with Brown, I would have lots of questions I would want answered:
1. You grew up in North Carolina, just about an hour from Chapel Hill and three or so hours from Charlotte. How closely did you watch your new teammate, Julius Peppers' rise to stardom?
2. At Florida State you wore No. 99. Maake Kemoeatu already had that number in Charlotte, so you went with 91—the number after Peppers' 90. Is there any significance to that?
3. Your new club has a two-headed monster at tailback—kind of a thunder and lightening thing going on with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. With Peppers at 6'7", 283 and yourself at 6'1", 256—a bit undersized for an NFL defensive end—do you foresee a similar type of dual threat as pass-rushing ends, with him taking advantage of his size and strength more, while you rely mostly your quick first step?
4. Your alma matre has a number of big-name defensive stars in the league, but none really at defensive end—Chauncey Davis perhaps has had the best active career, getting 30 tackles and four sacks last season for the Atlanta Falcons. Is that lack of a star defensive end a product of the defensive system at FSU or just an anomaly?
5. Do you see yourself bucking that trend?
6. What attracted you to Florida State with so many FBS—then Div. 1-A—schools in your area, including UNC, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke? Was it about getting away from home? Playing for Bobby Bowden? Something else?
7. What led to your decision to leave FSU with a year of eligibility remaining? Had you essentially done all you could in Tallahassee?
8. You were regarded as a possible first-rounder. What was your thought process like when the 32nd pick went by the wayside and your name hadn't been called?
9. How soon were you hearing from Carolina on draft day that—if available—they might be taking you with their first selection?
10. Do you feel the need to play like a first-rounder since you had been labeled as such and the Panthers spent their first pick on you?
11. You, along with the rest of the defensive line, will be taking commands from new coaches Ron Meeks (defensive coordinator) and Brian Baker (defensive line coach). With coach Fox having a history as a secondary coach before his days as defensive coordinator, how much of an advantage is it for you that your entire unit will be starting at square one with the part of the coaching staff you will be interacting with the most?