2020 NFL Draft: Grading all of the Carolina Panthers selections

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Derrick Brown 2020 NFL Draft
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1.7. Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn:

Grade: A 

The Carolina Panthers played it smart and safe, taking Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. They could’ve gone the flashy route with Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, but I think teams may have been scared off with him not having a set position.

As for Brown, he figures to be plugged in right away on the Panthers defensive line. He has everything you want in an interior defensive lineman; quickness, power and a high motor. Brown has a very high ceiling that he could eventually break-through, but it’s his incredibly high floor that makes this a very smart pick.


The Carolina Panthers also found themselves a very high character player who will be a professional through and through. I would not be surprised if he’s voted a team captain by year two.

I do not believe that there’s any bust potential at all in Brown’s game, although it is too early to call him a future All-Pro. I think it’s safe to say Brown will be a solid role player throughout his NFL career. He’ll have a big impact as soon as he laces up for the Carolina Panthers. Matt Rhule understands how to build a team up and it’s through the trenches.