The Panthers have a lot of needs, and among them is a nose tackle to stuff the run and a cornerback to replace James Bradberry. If Derrick Brown is off the board, I think C.J. Henderson will be the pick. But if Brown gets to Carolina, I think he will be the choice.
Multiple team sources told me that if Brown had entered the 2019 NFL Draft, they had him graded higher than Ed Oliver and Christian Wilkins because Brown is a freak athlete with a rare combination of size, power, speed and athleticism. The 6-foot-4, 326-pound Brown contains a ton of upside and is just scratching the surface of what he is capable of doing. He is very strong and powerful, which lets him toss blockers aside and wreck plays at the line of scrimmage. Brown also has the quickness to fire into the backfield and pressure the quarterback from the interior.
Brown recorded 55 tackles with four sacks, four passes batted and two forced fumbles in 2019. He dominated many opponents while displaying off his amazing skill set. Brown totaled 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble in 2018. Over the past two seasons, teams sent consistent double teams at him, but he still managed to stuff runs and cause disruption.
Brown had an impressive 2017 season, playing well down the stretch when Auburn made a run into the SEC Championship. He totaled 56 tackles with 3.5 sacks, nine tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and two forced fumbles as a sophomore.
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Rd: 3 Pk: 5
Rd: 4 Pk: 7
Rd: 5 Pk: 2
Rd: 5 Pk: 6
Rd: 6 Pk: 5
Rd: 7 Pk: 7