It's a slow day around here, partly because I'm working on some other NFL Draft stuff for the mothership, but I'll always be up for more Alex Brown. The Gators great, now with the New Orleans Saints, wrote a piece for SportsBuzz about what his NFL Draft experience was like in 2002:
The first day of the draft was disappointing for my wife and I (she was my girlfriend then). When I didn’t get drafted the first day, I thought I had a chance to go in the second round maybe late first, and it just didn’t happen. Then I just started to drop. I was like, "You gotta be kidding me. I don’t know what’s going on." After it got to the second day I didn’t really care, I just thought someone pick me and it’s going to be a hell of a pick.
When the Chicago Bears finally called I was very happy. They had just come off a 13-3 season and I was like "Wow! I get to go to a good team!" When I got there and we went 4-12 I was like, "What’s going on?" LOL
The draft is very unpredictable and it really doesn’t predict how well someone does in his football career. There’s only a few defensive ends left from my draft class and that’s Julius Peppers, Dwight Freeney, and myself.
Brown remains one of my favorite Gators ever, even if he was with the Bears for a little too long for the Packers fan part of me, and I love that he's still around in the NFL despite not getting tabbed for greatness out of the gate. He's also a ton of fun to follow on Twitter.