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Proposed trade sends Cowboys ‘explosive’ former top-10 pick

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The Carolina Panthers appear open to business after Matt Rhule’s sacking and have several players that could attract interest from the Dallas Cowboys. Star running back Christian McCaffrey has made the Panthers trade rumors the headlines, but Carolina also has several defensemen who will attract trade interest.

Pass rusher Brian Burns is another name to watch but could command a first-round draft pick in return, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Marcus Mosher of Pro Football Focus suggested Derrick Brown be used as a defensive tackle for the Cowboys, the former No. 7 in the 2020 NFL draft.

“If the Panthers tank and it seems like they will…should trade the Cowboys for Derrick Brown,” Mosher tweeted on Oct. 10, 2022.

What would a trade for Brown cost the Cowboys? It’s hard to imagine the Panthers ordering more than one future pick for Brown on Day Two given the slow start to his NFL career.

Brown scored just 61 and 64 grades from Pro Football Focus in his first two seasons. The fascinating defensive tackle is on track to have his best season, posting an 84.2 grade in his first five weeks.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, who came from Auburn, had ranked Brown as the best defensive tackle of 2020 and No. 7 overall on his big board. Brugler projected Brown as a potential Pro Bowl player thanks to his “explosive power … athletic qualities and motor skills.”

“Overall, Brown demonstrates the explosive strength of being a versatile NFL running defenseman with the athletic traits and engine to continue and grow as a pass rusher, and projects to positions from zero everywhere as a pro-bowl-level player to five techniques,” Brugler wrote in his 2020 preliminary draft profile from Brown.

Brown had 41 tackles, nine quarterback hits, eight tackles for loss and three sacks during his 16 appearances in 2021. Thanks to the talent in Big D, a lot of the pressure was off.

In his first five games, Brown already has 17 tackles and is well on his way to a career high. The Panthers are expected to look to acquire more future draft picks, which could result in Brown being among the players treated.

“Expect the post-Matt-Rhule Panthers to take a two-tier approach over the next few weeks of roster building,” Fowler wrote on Oct. 12, expecting contenders to front offices, particularly with a quarterback-heavy draft looming. The Panthers could be in the game for a top pick. And the Panthers have just nine overall draft picks in 2023-24. They would like to increase this amount.

“…Pass rusher Brian Burns and defensive tackle Derrick Brown are among the names that are attracting the most interest from teams. But remember: the new manager will want to inherit a good defense and players like Burns and Brown are attractive figures.”

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