Derrick Brown should be in a position to start right away as he pairs with Kawann Short to solidify the defensive line.
In his four year career, Brown is credited with 166 combined tackles, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He represents a significant upgrade on what the Carolina Panthers have currently and is a potential Pro Bowler in the future.
Drae Harris of the Draft Network had this to say on Brown during his evaluation:
"He has excellent reactive athleticism for a young man that size. He has schematic versatility and true positional flexibility to play in either a single gap scheme as the “shade” or the “3” or as a “0” or a “5 Tech” in an odd front. He displays excellent power in his hands and easily disengages with excellent toughness against the run. Holds the point of attack exceptionally well and is virtually unmovable with single blocks. When he plays with good pad level and leverage, Interior offensive linemen rarely get vertical movement on him in the run game. He has excellent explosion and pop in his hands when he stacks, sheds and gets to the football. He is a 3 down player with very good pass rush ability in passing situation. He has excellent get off for a big man and quickly gets out of his stance and up field. In the passing game, he is extremely disruptive and generates production typically with an excellent bull rush. He has some “wiggle” in his hips and will almost always get pressure if he is single blocked. Plays with good emotional endurance from snap to whistle. This is a player that must be accounted for upfront and opposing teams have tried to slide the protection to neutralize him. In the NFL he is a starting Interior DL in an even or odd front scheme. Ultimately this is a 3 down player who almost always gets pressure when he is single blocked. He is extremely disruptive and can fit in any scheme."