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.
2231

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
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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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.
  • Green Bay Packers | #30
    Opinions are all over the map on Brown's draft projection, but this might be his floor, which would be an absolute steal for Green Bay.
  • Cincinnati Bengals | #21
    He is a power player who can play inside and has also played outside. The Bengals have talent up front, but they could use more.
  • Cleveland Browns | #20
    A poor man's Leonard Williams for the Titans here (very poor?!?) as they move down, grab another defensive player and start to resemble a team who can stop people from scoring.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

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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Player News
02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 20/3. *Malcom Brown, DT, Texas, 6-4, 320, 5.24, 1...For an NFL team seeking a durable defensive lineman with experience, maturity and size, Brown checks all the boxes. He began playing organized football at seven years old, so Brown was quite the veteran defensive lineman at Brenham (Texas) High when he was named prep All-America and then played in the 2012 Under Armour All American game. At Texas, Brown played in all 13 games as a freshman and became a dominant starter all 26 games as a junior and senior, finishing 2014 with 64 tackles, including 14 for loss and 6.5 sacks.

Not to confuse experience with maturity, Brown shows plenty of the latter as a husband and responsible parent for two daughters. But this big daddy's best asset on the field is size as he easily fills out that broad, 6-foot-4 frame with 320 pounds of muscle that serves him well as a stout run-stopper. Although he has quick feet, Brown lacks the agility necessary to be a constant pass-rush threat. Still his resume' as a 4-3 defensive end and nose tackle and end in a 3-4 should help him get a job offer early in this draft. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

 

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