Position: Outside Linebacker
College: Florida State
Draft Position: Round 2, Pick 43 (2009 NFL Draft)
Weight: 263 lbs.
It would seem that the primary objective of the defense this year, and the philosophy for having a successful defense in Jim Haslett's eyes, is to have a great pass rush. This is evidenced beyond Haslett's own words simply by looking at what this team has prioritized in defensive personnel. While the Redskins' secondary may not be elite, the focus for building our defense has clearly been put on getting to the QB. The biggest FA acquisition this year was Jason Hatcher who specializes in just that. Brian Orakpo was franchised and will be paid a pretty handsome salary this year because of his ability to get to the QB. Ryan Kerrigan is on the other side and due for a big payday himself soon. And Trent Murphy, the NCAA sack leader last year, was the Redskins' first draft pick this year. Another lesser known player brought in for this job is Everette Brown.
Orakpo, Kerrigan, and Murphy are all locks to make the final 53 at the OLB position and the team is likely to keep one more. After releasing the likes of Brandon Jenkins and Rob Jackson, that final job would appear to be a duel between Everette Brown and Gabe Miller. Due to the uncertain future of Brian Orakpo, this depth position this year could turn out to be a little more important in the very near future. Brown was signed on the fifth day of training camp immediately following the early release of Brandon Jenkins. Having someone as talented as Brown as your fourth OLB is solid.
Brown brings a level of experience to the position that Brandon Jenkins and Gabe Miller don't have. If any of Orakpo, Kerrigan, or Murphy miss time, it's important to be able to rely on someone with experience to come in and get after the QB and still be able to perform perhaps the most important job in the functioning of Haslett's defense. Not only that, but ideally a team's reserve LB's would have excellent Special Team's ability. Brown has proven this throughout the preseason and plays more ST's snaps than most. Jay Gruden said it himself the other day, back-ups on this team will need to be contributors on ST's and Brown has proven that ability. Everette Brown is 27 years old and smack in the middle of what should be his prime.
Brown's on his sixth NFL team and has demonstrated NFL ability and staying power throughout his career. He has good size and speed and clearly the staff thinks highly of him. Really, I don't think we can go wrong with Brown or Miller as the fourth OLB (if we do in fact keep four), but I think Brown will be in the NFL this year either with us or for some other team. If he does make the team, I expect great ST's contributions as well as an experienced and primed back-up at one of the more important positions on this team. I'd say he benefits by the new coaching staff as they brought him in, but they also brought in his direct competition in Gabe Miller so I think they're on level playing ground. The game against the Bucs will be huge for these two guys.
Roster Prediction: On the Bubble
How many OLB's will the 'Skins keep this year? There are definitely three locks. Would a team only keep three? I doubt it. Could they keep five? Certainly. We've been saying they'd keep four or five all year and obviously if they keep five, Brown is in. If they go with four, he'll have to beat out Miller. I'm glad I don't have to make the choice.
Everette was born and raised in a small town in NC. He volunteers a lot and has strong character and work ethic. He's been a DE in a 4-3 defensive system for the vast majority of his career but did play some OLB in a 3-4 during the offseason last year with the Eagles. Everette has also played for OLB Coach Brian Baker before. I'd guess Baker has a big say in bringing Everette to the Redskins. Baker was the DL Coach for the Panthers when they drafted Everette in the second round of the '09 NFL Draft and coached him throughout the first two years of his career with the Panthers. He also has his own website, everettebrownfranchise.com. Judging by his Twitter account and website, Everette appears to be a religious man who has his head on right.
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