NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Did you see what I did there? I figured I better pick a picture with an Iowa State player in it since the draftable prospects from my Alma Mater are slim. Today, I continue the journey of watching and ranking the Defensive Tackles for this year’s draft, so without further ado, here is my thoughts on Malcom Brown.Name: Malcom Brown
School: Texas (Jr.)
Weight: 320 Lbs.
The term “dancing bear” describes Brown perfectly. He is surprisingly athletic and quick for a man his size. Brown plays with a high motor and doesn’t seem to wear down in games like other big guys do. He shows good play awareness and does a nice job of stacking and shedding his opponent. He has a strong lower body and anchors well against double teams. Brown uses his quickness to shoot gaps and is disruptive in the backfield. He uses both power and quickness to win and has a nice bull rush as well as a double arm swim over. His combination of size and athleticism also makes him scheme diverse.
The main issue I have with Brown is inconsistency on a bunch of different levels. There are games where he is absolutely dominant and looks like a sure fire first round pick and there are others where he just doesn’t show up. He is also inconstant when finishing plays. He will do everything right but just miss a tackle in the backfield or be try to one arm tackle a running back after doing a nice job of freeing himself from a double team. Brown needs to work on his using his hands and extending his arms when rushing the passer. Lastly, I noticed that at times he likes to pop out of his stance really quick, almost standing straight up. He loses all his leverage on these plays and makes him much easier to block.
For the most part, I like what I see from Brown. He has some things to work on, but they are correctable and he has the work ethic needed to correct his flaws. I can easily see him in a Patriots uniform and the eventual successor to Vince Wilfork. Brown’s success at the next level will be determined by what scheme he goes to and how he is utilized. If he is allowed to use his athleticism and quickness to be a penetrating defensive tackle in a 4-3 or a 5 technique in an odd front, then I think he will be successful. If a team plugs him in as a run stuffing nose tackle that is there to take on double teams, I think that will be a waste of his skill set and he will struggle in the NFL. I give Brown a late first/early second round draft grade.