2015 NFL DRAFT

Malcom Brown, DT

School: Texas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Brenham, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 319 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2131

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.052.941.7526 29 1/28'2"4.597.84
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Detroit Lions | #23
    The loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency makes defensive tackle an obvious area of concern for the Lions even with the addition of Haloti Ngata. Brown is a quick-twitch penetrating defensive tackle whose blue-collar work ethic might be especially appreciated in Detroit.
  • Detroit Lions | #23
    The Lions could go in several directions, but with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley signing elsewhere in free agency, Brown offers immediate depth at a need position.
  • Detroit Lions | #23
    They suffered some hits inside, especially losing Ndamukong Suh. Some scouts love this kid. Others aren't so sure. I think he would fit in Detroit's scheme.
  • Cleveland Browns | #19
    The Browns got a weapon for whoever will be their quarterback (Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown, a homeless guy) earlier and now they use this pick to beef up the defensive line.
 

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STRENGTHS: He definitely passes the eye test with a tall, wide frame and carries his 315-325 pound frame very well, showing easy movement skills. Brown looks natural on his feet with the range and redirection skills to make plays away from the line of scrimmage. Frequently among the quickest off the ball, showing the ability to penetrate and create havoc on behind the line of scrimmage. Brown locates the ball quickly, keeping his eyes up even as he is fighting through multiple blockers and works hard to get to the action, spinning and sliding to get involved. Gets his hands up in passing lanes, showing good body control and timing on his leaps to bat passes down at the line of scrimmage (six over his career). Still developing talent whose best football appears to be ahead of him. The NFL may also appreciate his maturity. Brown is married with two children and volunteered for Adams Angels, an organization for families who have children with cancer or have lost children to cancer.

WEAKNESSES: Shows good core strength and flexibility to anchor but needs to show greater power and technique in his hands to disengage and to latch onto (and drag down) ball-carriers as they attempt to run past him. Relies on his agility to slip by blockers, showing more tenacity and effort than an array of pass rush moves.

Compares To: Arthur Jones, Indianapolis Colts -- Like the 6-3, 337-pound Jones, Brown's size, strength and agility will intrigue clubs operating out of a base 4-3 or 3-4 alignment, alike. Also like Jones (who battled through a devastating knee injury as a senior to outplay his fifth-round selection), Brown possesses the maturity to take full advantage of his gifts.

--Dane Brugler, Rob Rang

Player Overview

After signing with the local Longhorns as one of highest regarded prep prospects in the country, Brown emerged as an important cog in the rotation as a true freshman, recording three or more tackles in five of his last seven games. Brown started all 13 games in 2013, lining up mostly at nose tackle for the Longhorns' multiple defensive front and recording 68 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and five pass breakups. He earned consensus All-American honors and was named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award (top defender) and Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) in 2014, recording 64 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks over the regular season.

Brown has the size, athleticism and production to warrant early round consideration and projects especially well as a penetrator in a 4-3 alignment rather than taking on two-blockers as he was often asked to do at Texas.

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05/05/2015 - Patriots fill need inside with Texas DT Brown...Married with two children, the 20-year-old Brown is perceived to be a mature presence off the field and a somewhat uniquely versatile force on it. "I'm just relentless," he said. "I want to be the best there can be and the best I can be, so I'm going to do that when I get there." Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia attended Texas' Pro Day earlier this spring and actually spent time breaking down film with Brown. Though Brown will clearly be asked to fill a more stout role for the Patriots' run defense in the post-Wilfork era, Belichick did acknowledge that his newest player is "athletic for 320." Of course, Wilfork brought his own unique athletic style to his role as a Pro Bowl defensive tackle.

While Belichick wouldn't elaborate on any potential trade talk, he did admit that he and personnel director Nick Caserio were contemplating a number of possibilities as the first round came to a close, not necessarily focusing on addressing a need at defensive tackle. "We tried to consider all the guys that could help our team at that point for value," Belichick said. In the end that resulted in the selection of the Wilfork replacement in Brown with the 32nd pick. A pick on a Malcom that was earned by a play made last February by a Malcolm Butler interception to clinch victory in Super Bowl XLIX. Anything to the Malcom/Malcolm thing? "Coincidence," a relaxed Belichick said with a smile. Belichick left the first round with a major need checked off and headed into the second and third day of the draft with eight remaining selections, including three the second day that should address other top areas of consideration including cornerback and guard. - The Sports Xchange

 

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