Well, this was an exciting draft, wasn’t it? After using free agency to fix the offense, Carolina came into the draft with a plan to fix the defense. Matt Rhule and Marty Hurney had a solid plan and executed it to perfection. On paper, they fixed the run defense, pass rush and began fixing the secondary. They’ll probably have to sign a corner or two in free agency, but there are a few from which to choose. Without further adieu, here are your 2020 Carolina Panthers’ draft picks:
2019 STAT LINE: 54 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 4 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered
Derrick Brown fills several needs for the Panthers, as he will help stop the run and rush the passer. Brown is the most disruptive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft and absolutely worth the number seven pick. He has an unreal motor and is quick for a player of his size. Brown is powerful and knows how to knock a lineman off of his feet. His feet never stop churning and he is relentless when getting past blockers. He has a bevy of rush moves at his disposal and knows when to use them. Brown will wreak havoc and disrupt the flow of the opponent’s offense.
Brown is an extremely explosive player. His first step is unreal. Carolina should have no problem against the run anymore, as Brown has the ability to swallow up running backs in the middle. There really is no weakness to Brown’s game, as he is the most balanced defensive tackle to come out of college in the last few years. Brown was a top three player in the draft and the Panthers lucked out with him being there.
Brown is not only a great player on the field, but he’s also a great person off the field. He was a leader in college and was a man among boys. Brown had the opportunity to be a first round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, but opted to return to Auburn for his senior season. He’s going to anchor this defense for years to come and Rhule has to be happy about this pick. Check out this outstanding breakdown on Derrick Brown here.