Play Strength: 7 Pass Rush: 6 First Step: 6
Tackling: 6 Instincts: 5 Hand Usage: 6 Motor: 7
Games watched: vs Oregon (B), @LSU (B), vs Florida (C)
Strengths: Derrick Brown’s best trait is easily his strength. Has the grown man strength needed to take on double teams without getting pushed back. Is always moving forward showing really good leg drive. He uses his strength to bull rush linemen when pass rushing. Has an incredible motor. Has chased down runners 20 yards downfield. Never stops hustling, even on special teams. Knows how to use his long arms to bring down ball carriers. A good but not dominant pass rusher. Flashes active hands and a good swim move but normally prefers his bull rush. Can make game changing plays. Has versatility to play all over the defensive line. A good athlete. Is a leader off the field. Was a finalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year in 2019.
Weaknesses: Has had issues with balance in the trenches. To often he falls to his feet when trying to penetrate gaps. Will over-pursue giving running backs cut back lanes. Was neutralized for long periods of time against both Oregon and LSU. Lateral quickness is average. It may be difficult for him to shed blocks at the next level. Instincts are lacking. Was not ass productive as he should have been.
What we need to learn about him: What other moves does he have in his pass rushing arsenal besides the bull rush and the swim? He struggled a bit against Oregon’s and LSU’s great O-Lines. Winning Senior Bowl drills will be crucial for him. Is his relative lack of production do to double teams?
Scheme: Derrick Brown is an interior defender in Auburn’s 4-2-5 scheme. He normally plays over the right guard in a 3 tech but has numerous snaps both on the outside and over the center. Occasionally moves outside to rush the passer.
Injury History: 2019: Suffered an upper body contusion against Kent State. Missed the entire game
Summary: Derrick Brown has all the needed traits to start in the NFL his rookie year. His strength and motor give him a chance to be a special player.