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2015 NFL Draft: A Scout's Eye View, Malcom Brown DT Texas

Malcom Brown DT Texas

Measurables: 6'2 320 32.5" arms 10" hands

Combine Results: 5.05 40 yard dash, 26 bench reps, 29.5" vertical jump, 98" broad jump, 7.84 3 cone drill, 4.59 20 yard shuttle

Scouting Notes: Has a thick powerful stout frame with great weight proportion, thick and powerful from head to toe...Has incredibly strong hands he uses exceptionally well to control and discard his opponent against both the run and pass, at times appears to be able to control his man and throw him aside at will...Can turn his opponent with initial shoulder punch and create space to penetrate two ways right off the snap, turns speed into power as well any interior lineman to come into the league in years...Explodes out of his stance and uses a powerful initial punch to jar his man on his heels than use his short area quickness and his burst to blow by his man once he's off balance...Absolutely commands a double team, can beat his man with power or quickness, he's an exceptional athlete, plays with easy natural knee bend and moves exceptionally well for a 320 pounder...rarely loses the leverage battle, his bend gives him consistent low pad level... outstanding quickness for his size and possesses surprising twitch and lateral quickness, has impressive range in the box...Against the run he has the strength and bulk in his lower half to anchor down, hold his turf and clog up the middle, very very difficult to move when he doesn't want to be moved, nearly impossible to get movement against in the run game...Does a nice job of keeping his playside shoulder free at the point of attack and has the upper body strength to make stops with his one free arm...Brings it on every snap, he's a high motor player who doesn't back off or slow down no matter the situation, whether his team is up big or down big in the game he's a tough four quarter assignment for any interior lineman, though he does seem to be moved a bit easier in the fourth quarter so conditioning could be an issue, but he's a 320 pounder who rarely took plays off, if he's used more judiciously at the NFL level he can be a force deep into the fourth quarter...He does sacrifice gap integrity on ocassion in order to penetrate which burns the defense on delays and draws...Brings scheme versatility, has the skill set to play anywhere along the line on a 3-4 base defense and is an equally if not better fit as a 3 technique in a 4-3 or can play the nose if you ask him to as well...Best fit in terms of how well he could produce as an individual would be as a penetrating 3 technique in a on a four man front, such as the Tampa 2, similar to the role Warren Sapp played throughout his career...He enters the draft as a third year junior, enjoyed a highly productive junior season for an interior lineman with 70 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six and a half sacks along with two forced fumbles... He's married with two kids and comes across as a grounded young family man, has had no off the field issues to speak of, and isn't likely to have any in the future.

Draft Grade: Early 1st round, Top 10


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