2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Auburn DL Derrick Brown

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Derrick Brown

Height: 6’5

Weight: 318 lbs

    

2019 Unanimous First-Team All-American.
2019 SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy (Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year).

    

Four-year productive defensive lineman for Auburn University.  Consensus five-star recruiting prospect out of high school.  In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown his mechanics and evaluate his future as an NFL defensive lineman.

    

    

What I Like:

Pocket Disruption and Drive

Derrick Brown displays an elite effort on this play to drive the offensive lineman backwards and disrupts the pocket.  His ability to drive through the lineman and establish effort is some of the best I’ve seen in quite some time, certainly the best I’ve seen in this class.

     

     

What I Dislike:

Effort and Motor

I’ll nitpick a bit here, but there’re some plays where Derrick Brown fails to establish leverage and is neutralized in the tranches.  In a close game, I’d like to see Derrick Brown show more fight, or at least the same level of effort he’s shown in other games this season.

     

     

Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Run Stopping Ability at the Goal Line

Derrick Brown stands out on this play as he leverages his gap and releases to attack the ball carrier.  Brown does a great job of diagnosing this play in the trenches and displaying his range to reach out and make the tackle.  These are the types of plays that I love to see from Derrick Brown, especially in a close game at the goal line.

      

      

Overall Breakdown

Has good height and weight for the defensive tackle position.  Displays solid acceleration and speed.  Has very good burst off the line of scrimmage at the point of attack.  Has a solid awareness to get his hands up to pass defense when near quarterback.  He’s a fighter with a monster mentality to push through double and triple-teams and consistently finds ways to disrupt the pocket and keep the quarterback moving in the pocket.  Displays a good ability to key the ball quickly and attack the ball carrier downfield.  Displays a good ability to fight through pressure to disrupt pocket.  Has a good ability to fight at the goal line to stop the ball carrier at the line.  Shows to have a good ability to diagnose a run, release from block, and attack the ball.  Has a very good ability to establish leverage, drive through the offensive lineman, and disrupt the pocket to force the quarterback to panic.  Has solid agility to release from his block and disrupt the pocket from the rear.  Displays good punch and release to get past blockers.  Has good acceleration when he breaks free of blocks and has a direct line to the ball.  Shows to have good range to reach out and tackle ball carriers.

Displays adequate speed in open space.  Has an adequate ability to read and diagnose ball carrier in RPOs.  Has a habit to drop his head in the trenches and lose leverage.

        

2020 NFL Draft Projection

Top Ten Overall

Derrick Brown is one of the best talents in this draft class.  In any other year, I’d have him as the best available, but Joe Burrow and Chase Young have been phenomenal this season.  Brown has the versatility to play defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense, or as a nose tackle in a 3-4.

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