Seminoles DE Brown to go pro

Florida State junior defensive end Everette Brown told ESPN on Wednesday that he will enter the NFL draft.

Brown, 6-foot-4 and 252 pounds, had 13½ sacks this season and 21½ tackles for losses, ranking among the nation's leaders.

Brown will be one of the top speed rushers in the NFL draft. Scouts Inc. draft expert Todd McShay has Brown rated as the ninth player in his Top 32.

"This is a business decision," Brown said Wednesday. "I can bring the whole package as far as a guy who can get up the field quickly and will also study the playbook every day and work hard."

Brown said he's been told he could be among the first 20 picks in the draft. "I have always tried to take a little bit from the great Florida State pass-rushers of the past, such as Andre Wadsworth, Peter Boulware and Kamerion Wimbley," Brown said. "Those are the guys I learned from."

Brown already has graduated from Florida State. He is a Walter Camp All-American and first-team All-ACC selection.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.