Panthers Select Auburn's Derrick Brown in NFL Draft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With the seventh pick in Thursday's NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers selected Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown. 

Brown was a standout for Auburn's defense last season and was long speculated to be a favorite for the Panthers on draft night. Brown was the 2019 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, racking up 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks for the Tigers. 

The Panthers are entering their first season with new head coach Matt Rhule following an offseason of change that saw the retirement of Luke Kuechly and a change at quarterback, with Cam Newton being released in favor of free agent Teddy Bridgewater. Long-time tight end Greg Olsen also parted ways with the team this offseason. 

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