The defensive tackle class in the 2020 NFL Draft may not be as deep as the wide receiver or offensive tackle groups, but there's no doubt about the talent up top.
Former NFL general manager and NBC Sports Washington analyst Charley Casserly is high on two particular interior defensive linemen that have separated themselves from the pack.
Auburn's Derrick Brown and South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw would be top-10 picks in any draft, according to Casserly. Brown may in fact be a better prospect than former No. 2 overall pick and three-time All-Pro tackle Ndamukong Suh.
"Derrick Brown out of Auburn, he's No. 1," Casserly said. "Think of Ndamukong Suh, but I think he's better. A more consistent player."
That's high praise coming Brown's way, considering Suh was one of the most athletically gifted defensive tackles of his time. Brown stands at 6'5, weighs 326 pounds and ran a 5.16 40-yard dash at the combine. Coming out of Nebraska Suh was 6'4, 307 pounds and put up a 5.03 40 time.
Brown has the physical profile to back up what Casserly is saying as well as what he shows on tape.
"The guy has got long arms, he's powerful at the line of scrimmage, he can stack the double team, he has the quickness to beat you one-on-one," Casserly said. "Very nifty on pass rush stunts, he has the ability to power back and knock people back into the quarterback."
Despite the lofty praise for Brown, Casserly doesn't see Kinlaw as a player who's fairly far behind the former Tiger. In fact, Casserly came up with another flattering comparison for the gifted tackle out of South Carolina.
"Nifty, disruptive, explosive off the line of scrimmage," he said. "[Kinlaw] to me is in the range maybe not of Suh, but a Fletcher Cox, who's been Pro-Bowl player for the Philadelphia Eagles."
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