Better Fit: Chase Young or Derrick Brown?

John Maakaron

With the Lions holding the No. 3 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, the selection will be widely debated.

For starters, should Detroit address offense or defense?

The odds-on favorite to be drafted at No. 3 is cornerback Jeff Okudah from Ohio State.

Many Detroit fans and pundits have also talked about the organization taking former Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown or ex-Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the pick.

Let's take a closer look now at who is the better fit: Brown or Young.

DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds, Brown is far more athletic than many men his size.

Physically, the senior holds up very well with double teams, doesn't lose gap control and shows max effort every play.

All those attributes are highly desirable by both Detroit general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia.

One thing that Brown can do that the Lions struggle with is rushing the passer.

Da'Shawn Hand is the Lions' best interior pass rusher, but was injured the majority of the 2019 season.

Without him, Detroit produced one of the most anemic pass rushes in the NFL.

Brown could instantly provide interior pressure.

He has a variety of pass-rush moves, including a devastating bull rush.

Playing in the SEC, Brown has lined up against plenty of future NFL linemen, and still has managed to stand out from both a power and quickness perspective.

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DE Chase Young, Ohio State

Young is a highly-touted defensive end who would help out Detroit's struggling defensive line.

His pass-rushing skills are viewed as elite, and he now is being talked about as a "generational talent" by some draft analysts.

"I definitely think I'm the best player in the draft," Young said at the NFL Combine. "I think I showed it on my tape. Every game, I think I showed it. I definitely think I put my best foot forward this year, I grinded hard. Two of my biggest things are hard work and dedication and I'm going to bring those two to the NFL with me."

As analyst Gary Davenport notes, drafting Chase Young would be the dream scenario for the Lions if a team falls in love with Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert and decides to trade with the Washington Redskins.

With the Lions' dire need in the pass-rushing department, Young and Trey Flowers could be on the field in the "NASCAR-defensive front" look on obvious passing downs.

Not only that, but it would also free up Flowers from so many double teams and likely increase the production of the players around him.

If Patricia wants to continue to play conservatively when rushing the passer, he needs a dynamic pass rusher that can be a true threat to get to the quarterback.

Young checks off that box.

Let us know who you think is the better fit in the comments section below. 

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Comments (11)
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Derrick Brown..... Hump it boyeee
The real deal !!!!!


Brown would be solid so would Young... Kinlaw or Simmons?


Yea, sorry Mr. Young. Just a tiny bit of jealousy or anger directed Ohio way.
Bad reality; Detroit has so many needs. Almost every pick by anyone, a very good argument can be made for their pick. DB or DE the quality of the Ohio guys. DT like Derrick Brown. Swiss Army knife as Simmons. All a resounding hell yea! Can make legitimate argument for Stafford replacement. He is older for quarterback. Has had back injuries two years in a row. What has held Detroit back more years than any other? Lack of difference making quarterback, until Stafford. If Tua or another is there at 3? TAKE HIM!!! A trade up for quality DLineman, pass rusher or DB won’t cost as much as a disastrous season for a replacement as promising as Tua (if healthy) and can be given TWO years to sit and learn if Stafford stays healthy.


I’ve on board with D.Brown. If you win in the trenches, he controls it. He provides pressure on the Q back to help defense the pass game, creat turnover opportunity. He stops the run. Perhaps the best about him, he takes on extra blocking assignments which free up opportunity for other players and STILL WHEN DOUBLE TEAMED provides pressure, stops the run. Of all the games I watched him he was never neutralized. Not so for Young. Even while getting blown out by Ohio, UM accounted for Young, often taking him out of being relevant.


Derrick Brown 100%!! Chase Young in NFL may not live up to hype.



Lion Man
Lion Man

Derrick Brown no brainer.........if not him , Jeff Okudah......or trade down.......Chase Young has bust written all over him......




Run stopper


Many will disagree with me, but I think it’s Derrick Brown