Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Apr 2009

The Two Sides of Everette Brown

The latest installment in the Washington Post's PreDraft series of player profiles covers Florida State defensive end Everette Brown, who might be the best pure pass-rusher in this year's draft class.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 14 Apr 2009

4 comments, Last at 15 Apr 2009, 7:50am by lobolafcadio

Comments

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by TheSlinger :: Tue, 04/14/2009 - 2:55pm

I rank Everette Brown as the best DE and a top 6 player in the draft... I think Orakpo is overrated personally.

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by Mike (not verified) :: Tue, 04/14/2009 - 4:25pm

Why do you consider Orakpo overrated? I'm not a Texas partisan, but Orakpo's got the size and strength to stop the run, and while perhaps not at Brown's speed, he's still fast enough to get to the quarterback occasionally. Obviously, it all depends on the team - the Steelers with Brown coming off the edge are the obvious, scary example - but Orakpo will fit into to more teams and will be able to play more consistently than Brown. Brown's good, but unless he bulks up or makes the move to LB, he's going to, like Freeney, need some help to cover the run and to fill the gap left when he pins his ears back and goes after the QB. That makes him somewhat of a liability, whereas with Orakpo, you can generally count on him to fill the gap on his own.

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by AlanSP :: Tue, 04/14/2009 - 6:02pm

I think you're overstating the size difference between Orakpo (6-3 263 at the combine) and Brown (6-1 1/2 256). Seven pounds and 1.5 inches is a pretty small difference. Both of them are a on the small side as defensive ends go (as is Aaron Maybin, who was 6-3 3/4 249 at the combine).

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by lobolafcadio :: Wed, 04/15/2009 - 7:50am

The three of them would be best-suited as ROLB (rushing OLB) - they are all similar to Quentin Groves, and he needs to bulk a lot before he starts be effective as a 4-3 end.
The sheet on Orapko is he is a workout marvel unable to apply his physical gifts on the football field and lacks "instincts". In any case they can play left end in a 4-3 scheme, they'll have to be right end as an occasional pass-rusher during their rookie year.