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The powerful Auburn lineman will be taking his talents to Charlotte after the Carolina Panthers drafted him with the seventh overall pick in the first round.

The Buford, Georgia native will spend his time terrorizing the offensive lines of the NFC South as he steps right in to the Panthers’ locker room. The 6-5, 326 pound lineman has a unique blend of size, strength, and athleticism that lends itself to this early draft pick.

Here’s what Carolina fans can look forward to from Brown.

Strengths

  • Powerful arms with active hands
  • Can play anywhere on the line
  • Can instantly reset line of scrimmage from interior
  • Has the athleticism to finesse past offensive tackles
  • Situationally aware – clogs space while keeping focus on the ball
  • Use of space can force bad choices from quarterbacks

Weaknesses

  • Pad level inconsistent
  • Can become unbalanced while rushing
  • Head fake is good, but is it next-level good?

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What the Experts Say

Defensive tackle with rare combination of size and disruptive traits who frequently bludgeoned inferior competition across from him. Brown’s snap quickness allows him to take muddy running lanes by re-setting the line of scrimmage. He has the ability to power into gaps, but he really shines when he drops his anchor to stall double-teams or punch, press and prey on runners as a two-gapper. Brown’s upright rush style means he might be more of a pressure rusher than a sack-man, but he should keep improving as a rusher with more dedication to the craft. He could become a high-impact starter early in his career with an All-Pro ceiling and good starter floor. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

 

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