2015 NFL Draft Profile: Malcom Brown, DT Texas


Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown will interest nearly every NFL team because of his ability to be plugged into a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme.  His size and strength are two of his best assets, but needs to work on being more explosive when leading into contact to win the battles in the trenches.

His limited success could with Texas could be seen two ways.  His fantastic 2014 season could be considered a fluke or a team could see him as a player on the rise.  For a big man, he shows a great amount of agility and sometimes relies more on that than the power game.  That can knock him off balance and take him out of the play.

One question mark that there shouldn’t be when it comes to Malcom Brown is his off-the-field life.  He’s happily married with two children and is constantly involved in charitable activities, especially those involving cancer.

Sep 27, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) between plays against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Texas won the game 23-0. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 319 pounds
  • Arm Length: 32.5″
  • Hand Size: 10″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 5.05 seconds
  • Bench Press: 26 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 29.5″
  • Broad Jump: 98″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.84 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.59 seconds

Draft Projection

Malcom Brown is the #17 overall prospect according to CBS Sports and is their #3 ranked defensive tackle in the 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL Player Comparison

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota probably won’t be looking for a defensive tackle in the first round of the NFL Draft since they have Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph in the middle.  However, they could look for a rotational player and a solid backup.

My Take

I don’t see defensive tackle as a big enough need to use a first round draft pick on.  Although I like Malcom Brown and think he would be a fantastic rotational player on the defensive line, I think the team has much bigger needs in other places on the roster.  However, if he slips into the range of the Vikings second round pick, Minnesota could find themselves being quite interested in a unique talent like Brown.

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