Which Teams Should Consider Drafting Derrick Brown in the 2020 NFL Draft?

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| April 1, 2020 2:08 am PDT
Teams That Need to Draft Derrick Brown

There has been some debate over lots of things related to the 2020 NFL Draft. For example, whether the Dolphins will trade up to ensure they don’t miss on Tua is becoming an increasingly hot topic, and many are wondering who is going to be the first WR taken.

However, one thing nobody has discussed enough is who the best defensive tackle in this year’s draft class is. We all know it’s Auburn’s Derrick Brown; it’s just a matter of how early he’ll come off the board.

In fact, one of the top NFL betting sites installed a draft prop that’s directly tied to when the 6’5” 325-pound behemoth gets selected. Although there are plenty of teams who can use a guy like Brown in the interior of their defensive line, not all of them are in a position in which they can realistically land him without trading up.

I can see 4 teams that should draft Derrick Brown, but only one will be fortunate enough to walk away with his services.   

Carolina Panthers

It’s no secret that the Panthers defense needs to bolster their front seven in the draft after what took place during the offseason. We all know Luke Kuechly retired, but did you realize that Dontari Poe, Bruce Ervin, Mario Addison, and Vernon Butler have all signed with different teams?

With an extremely thin defensive front, it’s imperative that GM Marty Hurney spends the 7th pick in the draft addressing this concern. This is where Derrick Brown enters the picture.

I know Noah Davis predicted Isaiah Simmons could fall to #7 in this Carolina Panthers three-round mock draft, but I doubt Simmons plunges beyond the first six picks. With the Clemson outside linebacker gone, Brown should fall right into the Panthers’ lap.   

Jacksonville Jaguars

Like many that you will see, this NFL mock draft has Derrick Brown going to the Jaguars at pick #9. Jacksonville traded Calais Campbell and chose not to retain Marcell Dareus, essentially announcing that they want to go young at the defensive tackle position.

Unfortunately, Taven Bryan and Abry Jones aren’t going to cut it.

As terrific as Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen are coming off the edge, a big-bodied DT with agile footwork and powerful hands is exactly what the Jags need. The only reason my Jaguars mock draft has Javon Kinlaw ending up in Jacksonville is because I was operating under the assumption that Derrick Brown would already be gone.

Detroit Lions

Even though the Lions inked Danny Shelton during free agency, Matt Patricia’s base 4-3 defensive scheme requires two nifty tackles who can stuff the run and penetrate the push into the backfield. The question is, would they pass over guys like Jeffrey Okudah and Isaiah Simmons in order to draft Derrick Brown?

Detroit agreed to terms with DT Nick Williams, but he’s more of a rotational piece. On the flip side, Derrick Brown looks like he’s a game-changer.

Trading away Darius Slay makes it look like the Lions are going to select Okudah with their first pick in the draft, but don’t put it past Bob Quinn and his staff to do something that might seem unconventional from the outside.

Quinn and Patricia can’t focus on building toward the future without winning some games right now, and that means taking the defensive player they feel is most ready to contribute in 2020. That could lead them straight toward Derrick Brown.

San Francisco 49ers

While some raised an eyebrow when John Lynch swapped DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis for the Colts’ 13th pick, maybe he had a specific plan in mind. Rather than pay Buckner the $14+ million he was due to earn in 2020, perhaps he’s got his eye on replacing him with a rookie defensive tackle who is going to cost a heck of a lot less.

It’s a bit ambitious to expect Auburn’s Derrick Brown to slide all the way down to the 13th pick, but it’s not out of the question. With that being said, the 49ers could conceivably trade the 13th and 31st picks and surge up the board if they are hellbent that Derrick Brown is their guy.

In the event that QBs and WRs are the positions teams are trading up to get, San Francisco might be able to stand pat at #13 and wind up landing Derrick Brown. The 49ers GM John Lynch would be one happy camper.

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