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Malcom Brown, the junior defensive tackle from the University of Texas, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after starting the last 26 games for the Longhorns. In 2014, Brown was named a consensus All-American and First Team All-Big 12. He totaled 72 tackles, 15 TFL and 6.5 sacks. In 2013, Brown managed 68 tackles, 12 TFL and 2 sacks. For his career, Brown had 165 tackles, 29 TFL and 8.5 sacks. He is a married father of two young children. Physically, Brown possesses a very good overall body-type for the position. His wide, stout frame carries his 320 lbs well. He has a very thick lower half with the kind of trunk needed to hold his ground at the POA. He’s not a sloppy 300 pound guy; I don’t think he’ll be a player that eats himself out of a lineup. Athletically, Brown has some appealing movement skills and is pretty light on his feet. He gets out of his stance quickly and can get the opposing lineman on their heels in a hurry. He’s an active player, as he’s constantly chopping his feet and using his hands in an effort to keep himself clean. He flashed a very effective swim move that he used in an effort to penetrate in the run game as well as to get after the quarterback; the swim move was especially effective because of how coordinated his upper and lower body is. In the run game, Brown is a multi-talented player who can eat blocks and maintain his gap responsibility while also flashing a penetrator’s skill set. He’s not going to consistently make plays in an opponent’s backfield, but he certainly has the athletic ability and get-off to make his presence felt. Brown does a nice job disengaging at the POA in an effort to make a play when he’s run at. He’s a sound tackler. Brown plays with a high-motor, too, and is constantly chasing down ball carriers in pursuit even if he doesn’t have quite enough juice to finish the play. Against the pass, Brown is a surprisingly effective and impactful interior rusher who tripled his sack total in 2014. He wins with good hand play, keeping the offensive lineman off his chest as he chops his feet into the backfield. His motor and relentless, attacking style allows for the clean-up sack. His ability to penetrate will also force the quarterback into the arms of his teammates on the edge.
BOTTOM LINE: Malcom Brown presents with very good overall Draft value because of his scheme-diverse fit. He can line up at NT in a 34 or DT in a 43. I think he has enough quickness to be a 3-tech, although his best fit is as the space-eater. Brown is the kind of defensive lineman that will make a lot of players around him better, including the edge rushers and inside linebackers. He’s going to eat blocks in the run game and disrupt the quarterback’s pocket in the pass game. Brown isn’t as athletically gifted as some of the recent Drafts’ defensive tackles, but he is a starting-quality player who is worthy of an early pick.
GRADE: 8.0 (First Round)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)