Photo of Malcom Brown
Drafted By: Patriots
  • Round 1
  • Pick 32
  • Overall 32

Combine Results

Grade
6.23 ?
  • 5.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 98.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is a great pick for the Patriots. To get Brown at 32 is tremendous. He has an ability to push the pocket. He can be a three-down player, but in New England he'll be in a system in which he plays all over the place." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 319LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Granted draft eligibility as an underclassman. Was a 2014 finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player) and for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman). Selected first-team All-American and first-team All-Big 12. Became first defensive tackle to lead Texas in tackles for loss and sacks since Tony Degrate in 1984. Started every game over the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Did not start in 2012, but playing time increased drastically over the second half of the season. Played in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game and was selected to the All-State team once and All-District team three times as a prep. Is married (wife's name is Faith) with two children, Rayna and Mayah.

Analysis

Strengths

Showed great improvement during 2014 season and is considered a "riser" on draft boards by league scouts. Good bend in his hips to play low off the snap. Athletic big man who improved his quickness this year. Began to impose his will more frequently late in the season. Excels once he reaches a lineman's edge. Flashes power and control in his hands. Discards blockers when ready as a read-and-react defender and uses a punch to keep himself clean and scrape down the line after ball carriers. Eyes stay glued on ball carrier no matter what battle is in front of him. Can recover and improve positioning if he is losing early in snap. Light on his feet and diagnoses very quickly. Hard defender for offensive linemen to cross-face. Too athletic and talented to consistently single block.

Weaknesses

Despite size and frame, not consistently physical at the point of attack. Has average power in his lower body and struggles to hold his ground against double teams. Looking for secondary motor as rusher. Effort level stalls when his pass rush stalls. Is in need of a more polished counter move as a pass rusher. Would benefit from improved strength and ability to vary game from penetration to power. Plays hard but scouts do not consider him a "glass-eater."

Draft Projection

Round 1

NFL Comparison

Sylvester Williams

Bottom Line

Penetrating big man who took a huge step forward as an NFL prospect in 2014. Brown has hand quickness and uses hands like an NFL starter. His instincts and feel off the snap help him to get into the backfield quickly. Some personnel men believe Brown can play multiple spots along the line in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense, which could put him in play for a high number of teams.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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