NEPD Editor: James Christensen
After a long wait with smells of deep-dish pizza wafting through the night air, Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots finally were on the clock. After some initial confusion regarding a trade, the Patriots went down to Texas and picked themselves up a brand new defensive lineman — Malcom Brown.
Brown is a 6’2″, 320-pound behemoth that enjoys living in the opponent’s backfield. He isn’t a Vince Wilfork space-eater, preferring to penetrate and disrupt. If he is singled in the run game, Brown shows the ability to easily slip blocks and get his hands on the ball-carrier. He notched 69 tackles and 6.5 sacks during his junior campaign in 2014.
Brown will need to diversify his rush moves and improve his technique against double-teams to excel in New England. Some feel that he is a possible fit as a two-gapping 5-tech in an odd front, but I’m concerned with his ability to anchor and disengage. He has the ability, just hasn’t always shown the technique to get it done.
Talked to Malcom Brown at the combine, and his maturity was evident. Very athletic for his 6-2, 319-pound frame.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 1, 2015
The Nagurski-finalist should compete with Dominique Easley, Sealver Siliga, Alan Branch and company for snaps early on in his career. He can excel at either the 1-technique or 3-technique.
Malcom Brown had 31 run stops against Power 5 opponents, more than any other DT in this class #NFLDraft
— Kev Connaghan (@PFF_Kev) May 1, 2015
Belichick praised Brown’s maturity level in the post-draft press conference. Brown is married with children and spends time volunteering for Adam’s Angels, a charity that helps children and families affected by cancer.
The Patriots have drafted a defensive front-seven player with their first pick for the last four years.