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Q&A: Penn State's Courtney Brown

Possible top pick eagerly awaiting the big day

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Posted: Saturday April 15, 2000 12:26 AM

  Courtney Brown Courtney Brown will apparently be the first player to have him name called by Paul Tagliabue in the NFL Draft. Ken White/Allsport

Courtney Brown could become only the second Penn State player to be selected first overall in the NFL Draft -- Ki-Jana Carter was the top pick in the 1995 Draft.'s Mark Morgan caught up with Brown in New York City on Friday. Morgan asked Brown about his mindset with the draft rapidly approaching, and about a possible friendly rivalry with college teammate and potential second overall pick LaVar Arrington.

Mark Morgan: Defensive end Courtney Brown could be the No. 1 overall selection in Saturday's NFL Draft. Is this an anxious time for you? Are you nervous, or are you just exhausted from interviewing with teams and that type of thing?

Courtney Brown: It's a little bit of everything. I'm very excited right now, and I'm anticipating what's going to happen tomorrow. Right now I just got to sit tight and wait and see what happens tomorrow.

Morgan: Give me an update, in terms of has your agent been talking with Browns? Last year they tried, and succeeded, in hammering out a deal with their No. 1 pick, Tim Couch, prior to the draft. The Browns like to do that. Is your agent talking to them about doing that?

Brown: Well, there's a lot of negotiating going on with a lot of teams. I can't really get into specifics, but it will all unfold tomorrow.

Morgan: Is there a friendly rivalry between you and your teammate LaVar Arrington about who is going to go No. 1?

Brown: We talk about it sometimes, but he takes the same view I have on it -- you got to sit tight and wait and see what happens tomorrow.

Morgan: As is the case with many top 5 picks going into the NFL Draft, you were a dominant player in college. What adjustments do you think you will have to make moving up to the next level?

Brown: I think the NFL is another level. It's going to be a learning process, and it's going to take a little bit of time, and once I get rolling, I just have to do the best I can to help the team that I'm playing for.

Morgan: You always have high expectations of yourself, obviously, but do you expect to make an immediate impact regardless of where you go?

Brown: As far as I'm concerned, as soon as I get there, I just have to help the team the best that I can.

Morgan: Thanks for your time, and good luck on Saturday.

Brown: Thank you.

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