The NFL Season has come and gone as has the Combine and it is officially NFL Draft season. Over the next two or so months, we will attempt to provide and publish about 100 unique scouting reports on potential NFL Draft picks. The aim of these scouting reports is to provide a detailed breakdown of each player based off of extensive film study. You can check out our Scouting Reports Page to see all of the reports we have published. This report will take a look at the young, athletic defensive tackle from Texas, Malcom Brown. Brown has been, at times, a dominant pass rusher over the past two years and at other times, a ghost on the field who was easily blocked by one person. This inconsistency stems not from an inconsistent motor but rather from inconsistent technique and if he can work and learn the position a little more, he should become a very good pass rushing 4-3 defensive tackle rather quickly.
Name: Malcom Brown
Position: 4-3 Defensive Tackle
Weight: 320 Pounds
College: University of Texas
2015 Stats: 70 Tackles, 13 Tackles for Loss, 6.5 Sacks, 1 Pass Breakup, 7 QB Hurries, 2 Forced Fumbles
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Malcolm Brown’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Brown.
Pros: Very athletic, big defensive tackle who plays with very low pad level and has great flexibility. Has powerful and violent hands and uses them very well. Has great instincts and recognizes plays very well. Has great pursuit and rarely gives up on plays. Does a great job shedding blocks. Can handle double teams and still eat up space without getting pushed off the ball. His quickness and first step allow him to shoot the gap and blow up plays in the backfield.
Cons: Needs to develop more lower body strength to allow him to have a more successful bull rush. Has very inconsistent technique and is inconsistent in terms of pad level as well. He misses tackles at times as well that a man his size should just not miss.
Our Take: Brown is a good prospect who has a lot of upside due to his athleticism and strength along with his hand placement when he is focused. However, he needs to improve his focus and consistency in order to not become a liability in the NFL. He is very young and has room to grow and develop still and should be able to make an impact in the NFL down the line.
Final Grade: 91 Out of 100
When Brown is on his game, he showed me enough to earn a first round grade, albeit a late one. If he can become more consistent with his technique, he can become a dominant player rather quickly. However, he needs to focus on refining that technique and improving his focus otherwise he will never be able to play at the next level.
Possible Draft Spots: There are a few teams drafting late in the first round that I could see taking a chance on Brown due to his athleticism and potential. Those teams are the Bengals at 21, Lions at 23, Cowboys at 27, Broncos at 28, Colts at 29, Packers at 30, and Seahawks at 31. Anyone of these teams play mostly a 4-3 front and all of them need to improve the interior of their defenses, thus making Brown a good fit for them.
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