Brown seems to be fairly calm as he makes the jump from college to the pros, but that isn't really a surprise. The big Pennsylvania native has always been laid back off the field – it's only when he crosses the white lines that he becomes an aggressive, in-your-face competitor. Brown showed the less anxious side of his personality this past weekend, as he didn't even watch the draft on television.
"I didn't watch it, even when it came down to the final rounds, because I pretty much know by then I wasn't going to get drafted," Brown said. "I'm not really surprised, because I think they looked at my injuries and backed off a little bit. But, I pretty much knew that the Texans were going to be the team. They had been talking with me and with Coach Trickett, and their line coach is a good friend of his."
That line coach is none other than Joe Pendry, a 19-year NFL veteran with plenty of West Virginia and WVU ties. Pendry is a West Virginia native who played tight end at WVU for two seasons until his career was ended by an injury, and he also put in two coaching stints at WVU (1969-74 and 1976-77), where he crossed paths with Trickett. The two offensive line gurus have remained close ever since, and that connection no doubt helped Brown to ink a three-year free agent deal with the NFL's newest franchise.
After the weekend mini-camp, Brown will return to Morgantown, where he lives with his wife Lachelle, and continue working out for the next session in Houston in two weeks. He plans to stay in Morgantown until his NFL future is a little more stable, and remains almost philosophical about his NFL chances.
"Everyone sets a goal to make the team, but you never know how it will work out," the Harrisburg, Penn. native observed. "I've looked at their roster a little bit to see where I might stack up, but I just have to see how things go when I get there."
One other factor that should help Brown in his attempt to make the NFL is his versatility. He played all three offensive line positions at West Virginia, and that flexibility could be the difference in making a roster. Multiple position players can fill two needs while taking up just one position on the squad, and are thus highly valued in the NFL. Brown will be battling 13 current members of the Texans roster, including fifth-round draft pick Drew Hodgdon of Arizona State, for a place on the Houston team.