DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

6’5” – 318 lbs.

Five-star recruit who appeared in thirteen games as a freshman, posting 12-2.0-1.5. Has been a major contributor ever since, with 56-9.0-3.5 as a sophomore, a 48-10.5-4.5 line as a junior, and a 50-12.5-4.0 senior line as of the time of writing (prior to bowl season). Massive defensive tackle who has played at some different weights, ranging from 318 to 330 pounds. Takes snaps at different techniques on both sides of the defensive line, more often on the left; Auburn’s defense often uses four down linemen, but it will go with three at times. Physical defender who’s at his best when two-gapping against the run. Has some explosiveness in his first step, and good leg drive after contact to attack blockers; wasn’t asked to penetrate too often, but flashes impressive suddenness and a viable swim move. Gets very good extension with his arms and comes out of his stance relatively low, allowing him to hold the point of attack even against the frequent double-team blocks drew; overall lower-body strength appears very good. Length and grip strength allow him to bring down passing ballcarriers while engaged. Not the fastest lineman in a straight line, but gives good effort in pursuit and is capable of making his way over toward the sidelines to finish off ballcarriers if necessary. However, could be more consistent about locating the football to avoid taking false steps. Fires out so low at times that he ends up slipping to the ground. Was a high-snap player during the games reviewed. More of a handful in the passing game than a consistent penetrator. Flashes some moves worth integrating more fully into his game (see the second-quarter spin against Alabama), but is predominantly a power-based rusher who relies on his bull-rush to walk back opposing offensive linemen or draw double-teams, freeing up teammates to make plays. Has the ability to force his way through gaps when not mirrored; doesn’t get knocked off-balance by shoves as he pushes through. When he is able to find a lane, demonstrates an impressive closing burst for a player of his size, which, combined with his length, can allow him to finish his rushes with sacks. A physical specimen with excellent functional strength, particularly in the lower body, a trait which allows him to eat blocks and hold the point of attack in the run game, but who could do a better job of staying upright and of locating ballcarriers. Somewhat reminiscent of former Alabama prospect and eventual 2016 second-round pick A’Shawn Robinson. Given his size, power, and SEC experience, should be able to step into a starting role early in his career.

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