The Carolina Panthers displayed significant belief in former Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown when they selected him with the No. 7 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
It was a frequent projection by experts for the Panthers to select Brown with their first-round selection. However, it wasn’t necessarily expected for them to have to choose between the highly versatile linebacker prospect Isaiah Simmons and Brown.
The situation appeared rather simple for the Panthers as they stayed the course with their intention of building a strong defensive line. As a result, Simmons and some offensive tackle prospects were available to other teams, setting the tone for the rest of the NFL Draft.
There was also talk about the Panthers potentially trading down from the No. 7 spot to a team seeking an offensive tackle prospect. Essentially none of the talk about trades in the early portion of the draft ended up transpiring, including with Carolina.
The Panthers are getting a defensive tackle that posted totals of 54 combined tackles (11.5 for loss) four sacks, four passes defensed, and two forced fumbles for Clemson in 2019. He stands at 6-feet, 5-inches and weighs 325 pounds with genuinely explosive athleticism.
With that being said, here are three ways Derrick Browns the Panthers as a rookie in 2020.