Introducing the No. 1 draft pick

Two possibilities to be selected at No. 9 overall met with reporters on Sunday in Indy. Who are they and what did they say about their doubters?

And with the ninth pick in the NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select …

Everette Brown, defensive end, Florida State:

Brown has heard it all before. Jamal Reynolds and Andre Wadsworth are the poster children for the colossal flops that most highly touted Florida State defenders have been after being high first-round draft picks.

"The main thing that I explain to people when they ask me that question is I tell them to look at my career over time at Florida State," Brown said on Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium here in Indianapolis.

"There was never a time during my career that I hit cruise control. There was always drastic gains. My knowledge for the game is really just beginning, and that will make me a better player. The one thing about Everette Brown is what you see is what you get. You get a lot of guys who say they start playing for the money. The money isn't going to change me. I'm always going to be that passionate, relentless beast on the field that never quits."

Brown stands just a few sheets of paper shy of 6-foot-2 and weighed 256 pounds. When he works out for teams on Monday, he'll be taking part in linemen drills as well as some linebacker drills. In the Packers' new 3-4 defense, he'd be an outside linebacker playing opposite Aaron Kampman.

Brown piled up 13 sacks last year as a junior, and the Packers desperately need that kind of impact. Brown says the team that gets him will be landing the best pass rusher in the draft.

"I feel that I'm the best player that's in the draft," Brown said. "Whatever teams may scheme up to try to drop me, I feel like I'm the best pass rusher. I'll use my speed, quickness and my strength to get to the quarterback and cause constant pressure all game."

And with the ninth pick in the NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select …

Malcolm Jenkins, cornerback, Ohio State:

Jenkins' professional career begins on Tuesday, when he runs for scouts, coaches and general managers. Run an explosive 40-yard dash, and Jenkins will be deemed a quarterback and likely be a top-10 draft pick. Run a plodding 40 of 4.6 seconds, and he'll be deemed a safety and wind up being drafted somewhere in the middle of the first round.

"Yeah, I've heard all the stipulations about how I'm going to run, if I run slow then I'm going to be a safety and all of that," Jenkins told reporters. "I'm not really worried about it. They're expecting me to run 4.5 and I'm pretty confident I can run faster than that. So I'm not really pressured."

Jenkins measured 6-foot and 204 pounds. That's an inch shorter than he was listed at Ohio State, but still tall compared to many of the pint-sized cornerbacks that dominate this draft. The winner of the Jim Thorpe Award as college football's best cornerback, Jenkins is bothered by the questions about his speed and position.

"A lot of people are happy that I'm going to run, because there's nothing to hide," he said. "I'm very comfortable that I'm going to come out here and perform and do what I've been doing for the last four years. It's funny to me because you play and you have four years of film on you, and you're playing corner and you think you're doing well and none of that means anything. Everybody has something to prove."

Editor's note: What about B.J. Raji, Brian Orakpo and Aaron Maybin? They spoke on Saturday.

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report and and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at

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