#5 Derrick Brown
High School: Lanier (Sugar Hill, GA)
Accolades: 2019 1st Team All-American, 1st Team All-SEC. 2019 Team Captain, Lott Impact Trophy Winner. 2018 2nd Team All-SEC.
3 Cone: 8.22
20 Shtl: 4.79
Scouting Report: IDL Derrick Brown, Auburn
Athleticism: Derrick Brown’s burst off of the line of scrimmage is absolutely incredible. His force is really something to watch. While his combine stats were horrible, Derrick Brown isn’t a guy who is going to blow you away with pure athleticism. Don’t turn on his tape looking for that. He’s a big guy, 326 pounds to be exact, and he moves very well for a man that big while wearing pads. He’s quick enough to infiltrate double teams by penetrating the gap between the two players, and he gets there by moving around people. 11/15.
Power/Strength: Brown has incredible power. His ability to move the pocket and compress it is probably the best in this class. His body is pretty evenly proportioned between his lower and upper halves. 22/25.
Pass Rush Ability: Derrick Brown can rush the passer, but it’s not the main usage that a team is going to use him for. Brown attacks gaps very well, because of his underrated quickness and hand usage. He can get around people, even double teams, and impact the play. Finished his career with just 12.5 sacks, but if his quarterback pressures were tracked, they were up there. Brown lives in the backfield. 14/20.
Run Stopping Ability: Brown is a monster interior lineman, so he wasn’t often run at. He does have the ability to quite easily get off of blocks and swallow running backs in between the tackles. He’s an excellent tackler and hustles to the ball no matter where the play is on the field. I’ve seen him make tackles over twenty yards downfield by the sideline simply because of his hustle. Probably the most impressive aspect of his game. 23/25.
Instincts/Football IQ: Derrick Brown has excellent instincts. Positions himself and recognizes what’s going on during the play. I really like Brown’s hustle. I can’t say enough about it. Brown is going to be a student when he gets to an NFL team, and they’re going to love that about him. 8/10.
Leadership/Personality: Derrick Brown was a team captain in 2019. He’s a leader, a good teammate, and a person that players and coaches respect. 5/5.
Derrick Brown is a fearsome prospect. He’s a dominant monster, with fearsome size, quickness, and strength. I think that Brown will end up being one of the dominant forces in the league, and he may not always get the recognization for it that he deserves. He can be plugged into just about any system and he will be a very good player. I think his ceiling isn’t like some of the other players in this class, but he has a lot of potential to improve a little bit more as a pass rusher. I like him as a top ten prospect, and I wouldn’t have a qualm if someone took him in the top five.
Injury Rating: (2)
Ceiling Rating: (3)
Overall Grade: 88