The Panthers have selected Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown with the seventh overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Brown fills an immediate need for the Panthers after the team lost multiple starting defensive linemen this offseason, including defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler and defensive ends Mario Addison and Bruce Irvin.

The Panthers have selected a defensive tackle in the first round twice before — Vernon Butler in 2016 and Star Lotulelei in 2013. Both players are now with the Bills.