I very much remember that, I also know that no player is going to walk away from 14 million $'s.
When we got into the top of the 1st round, Hurney had made his bed, and was going to have to sleep in it....i.e, keeping Pep, paying him a ton, and then getting nothing for him in return.
He was going to play for us this past year, and play well, that much I was sure of.
He knew he was going to lose him at some point so he needed to pull the trigger then or now. He figured getting a fallen first rounder last year and giving him a year experience was better than getting a rookie this year. Hurney is a gambler no doubt, but has been right a lot more then he has been wrong,
I expect with another year in college Brown would have gotten better and bigger likely would have been a first rounder. (3 of the 5 DEs taken in the first round this year were about his size). Instead he got a year of NFL conditioning and experience which is worth much more than he would have gotten if he stayed at Florida State. Some folks at OTAs said he looks stronger and bigger this year.
Everyone is high on Johnson now. Remember that he was a third rounder and considered a project given he was a bit undersized much like Brown. But Johnson has been a big contributer and is expected to start this year. If Brown assumes Johnson's role this year and gets 5 or 6 sacks and in a year or two becomes the starter, I don't find much fault with that. I doubt that anyone we would have drafted this year at 17 would be able to start right away and beat Johnson or Brayton. It takes a year for even the best to figure it out and contribute. I know everyone is excited that this rookie or that is the next best thing, but honestly in a Meeks defense Brown is exactly what they want. When we play primarily passing teams I would expect Brown to possibly start or at least play long stretches. I would take that over another Vernon Gholston.
Edited by panthers55, 07 July 2010 - 07:56 PM.