NFL scouts used to say that if you could design a defensive end in a laboratory, he would look like Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown. At 6-foot-5 and 275 lbs, Brown ran the 40-yard dash in a mind-blowing 4.52 seconds. That is faster than some running backs and wide receivers. He was part of a dominant Nittany Lions defense and took home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1999, helping him become the first overall pick in the 2000 Draft.
But because of nagging injuries and a lack of a killer instinct, he never lived up to the lofty expectations. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was once quoted as saying Courtney Brown “Look like Tarzan, play like Jane.” Brown retired after the 2005 season — finishing his career with a total of 19 sacks in six season. These days Brown spends his time doing missionary work in the Dominican Republic.