Brown finally rewarding Cleveland

Courtney Brown has been one of the better linemen in the league over the first six weeks.

Updated: October 16, 2003, 12:32 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The Cleveland Browns certainly haven't been short of storylines this season. Training camp was dominated by the quarterback controversy between Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch, and the defense was under fire for starting three new linebackers with no starting experience. And early in the season, the problems of the offensive line and running back William Green were well documented.

And while some of those stories might be sexier, none is more substantial than the sudden emergence of defensive end Courtney Brown.

The Browns chose Brown with the first overall pick of the 2000 draft. At the time, there was an argument that they should have taken LaVar Arrington, but they went for his Penn State teammate instead. Their reasoning had merit, considering pass-rush defensive ends are such rare commodities, but some scouts questioned his ability to get to the quarterback consistently on the pro level.