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2015 NFL Draft: Scouting Malcom Brown, Texas Defensive Tackle

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Could the Broncos select the Texas defensive lineman in the first round?

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One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is former Texas defensive tackle, Malcom Brown. He is a 6'2", 319lb defensive tackle who is considered one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the entire draft. Brown is ranked as the 22nd overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports, and is ranked as the 2nd overall defensive tackle prospect in the draft.

Defensive tackle Malcom Brown enjoyed a very good three-year career at Texas. During his three-year career, he totaled 165 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, 6 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles.

Brown was a 2014 finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player) and for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman). He was also selected to the first-team All-American and first-team All-Big 12 in 2014. Brown became first defensive tackle to lead Texas in tackles for loss and sacks since Tony Degrate in 1984. He also started every game for the Texas defense during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Malcom Brown

Defensive Tackle, Junior, Texas

Height: 6'2" Weight: 319lbs 40 time: 5.05 seconds

Arm Length: 32 1/2" Hands: 10"

Bench Press: 26 reps Vertical Jump: 29.5 inches

Broad Jump: 98.0 inches 3 Cone Drill: 7.84 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.59 seconds

Film Room:

Scouting Report:

Strengths:

  • Has good hip/knee bend and plays low
  • Imposed his will on offensive lineman
  • He is athletic for a big man
  • Has a high motor and doesn't wear down
  • Showed good field awareness
  • Has a strong lower body and uses that to his advantage
  • Uses his quickness and strength to shoot the gaps
  • Has a strong bull rush move
  • Scheme diverse
  • Has strong hands
  • Surprisingly light on his feet

Weaknesses:

  • Inconsistent play. Sometimes looks unstoppable, and other times is just another guy.
  • Not a great pass rusher
  • Needs a better secondary move
  • Does struggle with double teams from time to time
  • It would do him well to get stronger

Does Malcom Brown fit with the Denver Broncos?:

Yes!

He is a penetrating big man who would fit well into new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips one-gap defense. Brown has the hand quickness, athletic ability and strength to be a good NFL player. He's not a big guy who will take on double teams consistently, he is a gap attacker. That's the exact type of defensive tackle Phillips is looking for.

He does have some flaws, but I feel like they're all very correctable. The Broncos do have one of the better defensive line coaches in Bill Kollar, so I think it would work out well.

The Broncos do have former first-round pick Sylvester Williams at defensive tackle, but could still look at a defensive tackle in round one. I do not believe that Brown will be there when the Broncos pick at 28, but if they do decide to trade up he could be an option.