Well, well, well. I don't want to say I told you so, but I kind of did.
But even I, who had Malcom Brown as the #1 player on the Patriots Big Board, didn't think he was going to end up with New England.
With the final pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected the 6'2 320 pound defensive tackle out of the University of Texas (Hook em', Texas forever). Mel Kiper had Brown as the 12 overall player in this year's draft, but he somehow dropped all the way down to the Patriots.
Before we talk about what Malcom Brown will bring to the Patriots, I feel like there is an elephant in the room that we really need to address.
Why in their right minds did the Indianapolis Colts not take Malcom Brown? Did they forget about when Jonas Grey and Legarrette Blount ran for touchdown after touchdown against them and embarrassed them not once, but twice?
The fact of the matter is that the Indianapolis Colts have the next great quarterback. I haven't always been keen on Andrew Luck because I feel that he commits way too many turnovers, but he is still a young kid. As he progresses and he cuts down on the turnovers, he will become the greatest quarterback in the NFL (that is, of course, after Touchdown Tommy retires). With Hilton, Johnson, Moncrief, etc., adding another receiver makes little to no sense. Don't get me wrong, Phillip Dorsett should have a great NFL career, but this pick should leave Colts fans scratching their head.
Fortunately for the Patriots, Malcom Brown fell into their laps, some ~15 picks after he should have been selected. With a unique blend of quickness and strength, Brown eerily reminds me of his predecessor, Vince Wilfork. However, Brown is a tad quicker (5.05 40, compared to Wilfork's 5.08) and does not possess the endurance to stay on the field for 4 downs. Unlike Vince, however, Malcom Brown gets to the quarterback more often (6.5 sacks, 15 TFL in 2014) and appears to be poised to dominate in the interior defensive line for New England. But it is important to remember that Malcom Brown is still a rookie and has the ability to flourish into one of the best nose tackles in all of football.
Looking ahead towards the 2nd and 3rd round (7 p.m. on NFL Network), I like for the Patriots to try and trade up into the mid-2nd round and grab a defensive back or wide receiver. Although it would be extremely un-Belichik-like to trade up in the draft, it is hard for me to believe that BB will wait around all night in both the second and third round. Expect Belichik to package some of his later picks (96th or 97th and 101st) to jump into the 40's or 50's.
Names to keep an eye on:
OLB Randy Gregory
WR Dorial Green-Beckham
WR Jaelen Strong
CB Eric Rowe
CB Jalen Collins
WR Devin Funchess
CB P.J Williams
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS