As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, the Patriots are in need of help along the interior defensive line. With uncertainty surrounding both Vince Wilfork and Dominique Easley, the Patriots need someone that will be able to get to the quarterback. Lets go over some of the strengths and weakness of Brown and see if he would be a good idea for the Patriots.
There is no denying that Malcom Brown is one big kid. Weighing upwards of 315 pounds, Brown has the unique ability to carry that much weight on his frame and still be extremely athletic. Brown was often in the backfield chasing down opposing quarterbacks for the Longhorns. Although he is big, he is quick on his feet and always keeps his eyes on the football and not on the offensive lineman. Brown has the motor necessary to succeed in the NFL and should be a starter very soon.
However, there are also a couple of downsides to Brown. While tackling, Brown does not seem to use his hands to go after the ball carrier. He will hit them with the body and then wrap them up to bring them down. This is a concern against running backs, as they can use their agility and quickness to run right by Brown. Brown also uses quick agility moves instead of using his power to get around offensive lineman. While this is not necessarily a complete negative, it is a much different style than Patriots fans are accustomed to Vince Wilfork's raw power.
This may be a pipe dream to be quite honest. As a huge Pats and Texas Longhorns fan, there is nothing more I would like to see than for Malcom Brown to exchange his burnt orange for some Patriots's red, white and blue. However, Brown is expected to go off the board at around #20. Although it would be unlike Bill Belichik to trade up in a draft, Malcom Brown would fill a need in the defensive interior.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS