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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: DL Derrick Brown

Big Board ranking: #5

Positional ranking: #1



Position: DL

College: Auburn

Class: Senior

Age: 22



Height: 6’4 5/8”

Weight: 326 lbs.

Arm length: 34 1/4”

Hand size: 9”


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 5.16 sec.

Vertical jump: 27.0”

Broad jump: 108.0”

Bench press: 28 reps

3-cone drill: 8.22 sec.

Short shuttle: 4.79 sec.



Prototypical size with very good movement skills. Tremendous overall strength and athleticism. Shoots the gap to create penetration in the backfield. Quick first step and nimble feet for his size. Uses length to push blockers back and keep them off his frame. Packs a powerful punch. Anchors against double teams. Rarely moved off the ball. Overpowering versus centers when lined up as nose tackle. Has an effective rip/swim move to rush the passer. Has flashed a spin move counter. Won’t have to leave the field on third down. Looks to disrupt passing lanes when he doesn’t get home. Great mindset. Leader of prideful defense known for goal-line stands. Always hustles to the action. Dominant on the interior in any scheme/role. Excellent against top competition.



Struggled some when matched up against comparable power inside. Desire to control with length can leave him susceptible to cut blocks. Pass rush stalls when redirected or if he doesn’t win at the snap.


NFL comparison

Akiem Hicks



Overall, Brown is a disruptive defensive lineman with not only the ideal size, power, and athleticism for the position, but also a mindset that can set the tone defensively to lift the entire unit. Coaches will be able to use him in a variety of ways as a three-down impact player.


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