Ranking the 10 worst draft picks in Carolina Panthers franchise history

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(Photo by Michael DeHoog/Sports Imagery/Getty Images) Everette Brown /

player. 804. . DE/OLB. Seminoles . EVERETTE BROWN. 7

Everette Brown – Former Carolina Panthers DE/OLB

  • Drafted 43rd overall in 2009 (Florida State)
  • Played 28 games
  • Waived 2011

When the Carolina Panthers picked up Everette Brown early in Round 2 of the 2009 NFL Draft, they clearly envisaged having a real steal on their hands.

The Florida State product had first-round projections but slipped due to questions about his size. In hindsight, Brown was not a steal and turned into another Carolina Panthers flop.

Brown started just three games during his short stint in Carolina and was waived ahead of the 2011 season. With star edge Julius Peppers demanding a trade from the Panthers, he was given the unenviable task of filling the void left by the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year – a task that he simply couldn’t accomplish effectively.

To no one’s surprise, Brown was unable to fill the hole left by Pepper and was waived after just six sacks in two years. The Greenville native then bounced around the league, spending time with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington, and the Detroit Lions before falling out of the league entirely by the 2015 season.

However, Brown has found success as a coach, where he has been the assistant linebackers coach in Carolina since 2019. A role where he’s left a significant impression.