2020 NFL Draft Profile: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Derrick Brown

Defensive tackle, Auburn Tigers
6-5, 326

40 time: 5.16


Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Derrick Brown (5) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Brown is a case of an elite recruit — No. 9 nationally in the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings — looking the part and living up to billing. He played in every game as a true freshman before becoming a starter as a sophomore, when he made 56 tackles. He posted 48 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks as a junior and could have jumped to the NFL. He opted to return, showing more power and polish, earning unanimous All-America honors. He finished his career with 170 tackles (33.5 for loss) and 13 sacks, five forced fumbles and eight pass breakups.

After passing on the Senior Bowl, Brown was surprisingly poor at the NFL Scouting Combine, finishing in the bottom seven among defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (5.16), vertical (27 inches) and broad (108 inches) jumps and short shuttle (4.79) while finishing dead last in the 3-cone drill (8.22).

Projection: First Round

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