Hand Technique/Length - Hands are precise! Lands powerful blows to offset forward push with good timing and placement. Little issue with pressing and extending his arms to establish stack of blocks before tossing or discarding blockers to uncover into desired gap and challenge the football.
Competitive Toughness - Surreal motor for a player of his stature. He's an absolute load in the middle, a heavyweight who wins positioning and is constantly playing on the plus side of the line of scrimmage. The only times he's bubbled is when he gets caught up in a huddled mess of traffic from a lot of bodies on the interior.
Two Gap Ability - Hand power and anchor allow him to roll up blockers with ease. Comfortable keying blocks and backfield action before shedding late to uncover as the ball carrier presses into his vicinity. Presence is stout versus individual blocks and he holds well vs. chips to maintain control and not get pushed.
Gap Penetration Skills - Thanks to his quickness he can be very potent in trying to shoot gaps, plus you tack on his functional balance and you'd better have quick feet to set up in front of him. Strong rip move and surface reduction to "get skinny" and slip through A-gaps when he's asked to do so.
Tackling - Black hole of a presence on the interior. If you run at him, shame on you -- odds are you're not going to get a lot of action without a double. He's got strong grip and a notable wingspan to reach out and clamp while still engaged with a blocker, too.
Flexibility - Surprisingly dynamic in lateral situations -- he's won off the edge by dipping the inside shoulder and running the edge. Pad level can get the best of him from time to time but when he's focused and intent he's stout and shows good coil through his stance to drive and roll up under the pads of blockers.
Pass Rush Counters - How many guys at this size do you know that can snatch an OT and dip to run the edge? He can. Impressive power in his hump move to work back across face and his rip/dip provides urgency to push through on a linear attack to the quarterback. Diverse and well developed here.
First Step Quickness - When he really wants to, look out! Absolutely freight train of a first step when he's teeing off at the snap, provides sudden push that will overwhelm centers and a lot of guards, too. If he takes you full man on man, he's into the body before you know what's hit you and put you into recovery mode.
Feet/COD - His cornering as a pass rusher is super impressive. There is a little bit of a limitation trying to gear down and redirect his momentum due to his frame and stature -- that's a lot of mass to stop on a dime. Not a lot of reps where he's isolated in space but if he's balanced, I like his odds to make the play.
Versatility - If you can dream something up, odds are he can do it. Can play up and down the line as a true nose, at 1T/3T/5T or even as a base end. He's a dream come true for multiple front defenses, where he can be moved and still execute different tasks at a high level.
Best Trait - Explosiveness
Worst Trait - Short Area COD
Best Film - LSU (2019)
Worst Film - Alabama (2018)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Derrick Brown is one of the most complete interior defensive line prospects to pass through the draft process in recent memory. Odd fronts, even fronts, as a two-gap defender or a penetration player -- Brown is a dynamic force who wins in any way you could possibly need him to. His explosive power wins first contact or gaps with consistency and his upper body power, motor and instincts are all plus qualities. Plug and play starter with All-Pro potential at the NFL level.