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Everette Brown (DE)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 256
College: Florida St.
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Stantonsburg, NC
High School: Beddingfield
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Selected by: Carolina Panthers
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 11 (43)
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Pick Analysis: The Panthers pick up a pass rusher who many teams rated as a first-round prospect. The former Seminole has an exceptional first step and is crafty working around the edge. Although he lacks ideal size, his ability to get to the quarterback is a welcome addition to a roster that had only one true pass-rushing threat (Julius Peppers) prior to draft day.
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Overview

The two-year starter emerged as one of the elite pass rushers in the collegiate ranks as a junior. With National Football League teams putting much more emphasis on speedy edge rushers, Brown felt it was the right time to forgo his senior season and applied for the 2009 NFL Draft. With his athletic ability and quickness off the snap, the only question NFL teams have about Brown is where to play him.


Teams that utilize the 3-4 alignment feel Brown can make a successful move to strong-side outside linebacker, comparing him to Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, an undersized former college defensive end who has had great success after moving to linebacker. Other teams feel that his pass rush burst off the snap might be a better fit to play rush end, where he has been likened to Indianapolis' Robert Mathis.


In 25 starting assignments, the right defensive end registered 23 sacks, tying for fifth on the school career record list. He is just the fifth player in Seminoles history to record more than 40 stops behind the line of scrimmage (46.5), moving ahead of Hall of Fame nose guard Ron Simmons (44, 1977-80) for second on the FSU all-time record list behind Darnell Dockett (65, 2000-03). Most of those totals came during his 2008 campaign, as his 13.5 sacks and 21.5 stops for loss both rank third on the school single-season record list.


Brown also became one of Florida State's leaders when it comes to community service, donating his time freely. Brown has volunteered at Riley Elementary and Speight Middle School, with booster groups, The Able Trust, MDA Summer Camp and the Tallahassee Seminole Club. He has also contributed his time to the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services, Life Skills Center and Read Across America, among many others.


At Beddingfield High School, Brown was rated a four-star prospect, the third-best weak-side defensive end and 78th-ranked overall player in the country by Rivals.com. He was rated the fifth-best player in North Carolina and the state's premier defensive lineman by Super Prep.


As a senior, Brown recorded 120 tackles with 16 sacks. He also excelled as a tight end, coming up with 40 receptions for 770 yards (19.25 avg) and 10 touchdowns. After his final campaign, he played in the Shrine Bowl All-Star game. A heavy recruiting battle ensued, but Florida State emerged as the victors over North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia and North Carolina State for Brown's services.


The freshman appeared in two games, but did not record any tackles in 2005 before the staff decided to grant him a redshirt. The following season, he played in 13 games, starting three contests. He finished ninth on the team with 27 tackles (16 solos), posting three sacks while ranking second on the squad with 13.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also blocked a kick, earning Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News.


Brown started eight games at left defensive end and one more on the right side in 2006. He led the Seminoles with 6.5 sacks and placed second on the squad with 11.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also made 37 tackles (24 solos) while deflecting three passes.


In 2008, Brown was stationed at right defensive end, where he led the Atlantic Coast Conference and finished third in the nation with 13.5 sacks, tying for third on the school single-season record list. The All-American second-team pick and ACC Player of the Year runner-up was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's premier defensive end. His 21.5 stops for loss ranked fourth nationally and also ranked third on FSU's annual record chart. He caused four fumbles and totaled 36 hits (30 solos) in 13 starts.


High School

Attended Beddingfield (Stantonburg, N.C.) High School...Rated a four-star prospect, the third-best weak-side defensive end and 78th-ranked overall player in the country by Rivals.com...Rated the fifth-best player in North Carolina and the state's premier defensive lineman by Super Prep...As a senior, Brown recorded 120 tackles with 16 sacks...Also excelled as a tight end, coming up with 40 receptions for 770 yards (19.25 avg) and 10 touchdowns...After his final campaign, he played in the Shrine Bowl All-Star game.


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Analysis

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.


Compares To: JOHN ABRAHAM, Atlanta -- Brown is not as big as Abraham, unless a Florida State coach handles the measurements (school listed him close to three inches taller than he actually is), but both are elite pass rushers in an age where teams put great emphasis on explosive edge rushers wreaking havoc in the backfield. Some compare Brown to Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, but he does not have the fluid hips to drop back in pass coverage, making it a potential unwise move to plant him in the linebacking unit. History says that Florida State defensive ends rarely excel in the pros, but if used in the right system like Indianapolis utilizes with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, Brown could be the one to break the Seminoles' jinx.


Injury Report

No major injuries reported...Player has never missed any games due to injury.


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