Derrick Brown is considered by all who have met him to be an even better person off of the field than he is on it. And he is great on the field. Brown, an Auburn grad, has off-field honors like being elected to the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Council in 2017 and winning the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2019, but the defensive tackle is going to be judged based on his play, not his character, in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Brown was a rotational player during his freshman year in 2016, but in his first full season as a starter, in 2017, he was a big defensive piece for the Tigers. Brown had 56 tackles including 9 for loss and 3.5 sacks. He had a similarly successful junior campaign and many expected him to leave for the NFL Draft and get taken in the first round. Instead, Brown decided to stay for his senior season and get his degree from Auburn. In the process, he raised his draft stock up from late first round to likely top-10 pick after recording 12.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks during his senior season.
Brown commanded a double-team on almost every play in college due to his size, strength, and athleticism. He could make his way through the line seemingly with ease when he wasn’t double-teamed, and he would constantly stuff up run plays before they even had a chance to get started. Brown has a great mix of size and moves which should help him to excel on the next level. Brown should expect to be drafted in the top-10 of this year’s draft, and fans of the team that drafts him should expect to have a new favorite player almost immediately.
Arms: 34 1/4″
40-Yard Time: 5.16 seconds
Bench Press: 28 reps
Potential Landing Spots: Panthers, Redskins, Lions, Jaguars