The Dallas Cowboys have churned the bottom of their roster all year, trying to find gems in players who other teams have discarded. Two of those gems, defensive end George Selvie and defensive tackle Nick Hayden are starters for the Dallas defense. Now, another unemployed player appears to be the Cowboys latest diamond in the rough: defensive end Everette Brown.
Brown was signed last Monday to the Cowboys team. A mere six days later, a strong argument could be made for him to be named Dallas’ defensive MVP against the Minnesota Vikings. Despite his official stat line of just two tackles and a sack, it was his success pressuring Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder that was most impressive. It was that pressure that caused Ponder’s lone interception by Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Brown was also able to strip the ball from Ponder with :15 seconds left in the game, resulting in 3rd and 17.
Brown flashed the speed, quickness and strength on Sunday that made him a second round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2009. The Panthers actually traded a first round pick to move up to take him in that draft. Despite recording 47 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 28 games for the Panthers, Browns inability to play the run eventually landed him on the bottom of the depth chart and off the team entirely after only two seasons. Since then, the former Florida State Seminole has bounced around the league. Sunday’s game was his first real action in two years.
Obviously, the 26-year old Brown still has a lot to prove. But it appears the young man might have found a home in Dallas under line coach Rob Marinelli and this no-name defense.