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2020 NFL Draft profile: If Derrick Brown falls, 49ers could pounce

2020 NFL Draft profile: If Derrick Brown falls, 49ers could pounce

Editor's note: NBC Sports Bay Area will preview the NFL Draft with a look at the 49ers’ top needs, profiles of prospects that might fit their needs, along with some hidden gems. In this installment, we profile Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown.

It will be nearly impossible for the 49ers to replace DeForest Buckner with just one player.

But Derrick Brown of Auburn might not be a bad place to start.

However, there only is an outside chance that Brown will make it out of the top-10 in the NFL Draft. The 49ers own the No. 13 overall selection, which they acquired in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for Buckner.

Brown is widely considered the top defensive tackle in the draft, though he grew accustomed to playing every position along the Auburn defensive line during his four-year career.

“It was very beneficial,” Brown said at the NFL Scouting Combine of his ability to play multiple positions. “Being coached in the system, we didn’t really have (set) positions. We played all the way from the zero to the five, and coach mentioned we had to be versatile at every position.

“A lot of teams say they don’t even scout for defensive tackles or nose guards no more. They scout for D-linemen. They want to find guys that can play the positions across the board.”

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Brown started the final 40 games of his college career over his final three seasons. As a senior, he registed 55 tackles, four sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss and was selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

He also was the winner of the 2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy, named after Ronnie Lott, that goes to the defensive player who has the biggest IMPACT on his team. IMPACT stands for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.

He made a huge impact on the field with his brute force in the run game. He has plenty of room to grow as a pass-rusher, too.

When asked to describe his biggest asset, he answered, “I think just being able to knock back the line of scrimmage and create pressure that way, but also be able to play the run and create that knock back."

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NFL draft profile: Derrick Brown

Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 326 pounds
College: Auburn
Career stats: 170 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 33 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, eight passes defensed.

Combine measurables
40-yard dash: 5.16 seconds
Vertical jump: 27.0 inches
Broad jump: 108.0 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.79

What experts are saying
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: “Derrick Brown is an unbelievable talent. I circled him in just about every game I saw. It was Derrick Brown, Derrick Brown, Derrick Brown. He is a guy that definitely jumped off the page.”
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media: " Brown has excellent size, power and athleticism for the defensive tackle position. As a pass rusher, he has a quick first step and uses his hands very effectively. Against the run, he easily holds the point of attack. Overall, this is a complete player capable of dominating on all three downs. He'll be a difference maker on Day 1.”
Josh Norris, NBC Sports: "Massive interior disruptor who constantly worked through his blocker at the college level. It’s like Brown’s target is always the quarterback and the blocker is just an inconvenience.”
Lance Zierlein, NFL Media: "Defensive tackle with rare combination of size and disruptive traits who frequently bludgeoned inferior competition across from him. 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. He could become a high-impact starter early in his career with an All-Pro ceiling and good starter floor.”

Draft projection: First round (top 15 overall)

49ers' Jerry Rice rookie card sells for over $31K, a record, at auction

49ers' Jerry Rice rookie card sells for over $31K, a record, at auction

They don't call him the GOAT for nothing.

A Jerry Rice rookie card from his first season with the 49ers in 1986 broke a record after selling for over $29,000 on Thursday. As the Action Network's Darren Rovell posted on Sunday, another Rice card quickly broke that record.

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Rice is universally considered one of, if not the greatest NFL player of all time. Over 16 seasons with San Francisco, Rice accumulated 19,247 receiving yards and 176 touchdowns.

It's only fitting that Rice's rookie card now is among the most valuable trading cards on the market.

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Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

49ers fans love to hate Russell Wilson, and he gave them another reason to give him grief Sunday.

A few hours before Tiger Woods teamed up with Peyton Manning to take on Phil Mickelson and Bay Area native Tom Brady in "The Match: Champions for Charity," Wilson took a Twitter shot at Brady.

When Brady got off to an awful start to "The Match," Wilson went at Brady again.

There are a few problems with Wilson's jabs at Brady.

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First, Wilson lost to Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Instead, Seattle's quarterback should have been trolling Manning, whom the Seahawks beat in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Second, Brady redeemed himself and made Wilson look silly when he sank an incredible birdie on hole No. 7.

Yes, Brady is out of his element on the golf course, but Wilson should have known who he was messing with.

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49ers fans certainly won't miss the chance to let Wilson hear about this.