NFL Draft

2015 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Texas DT Malcom Brown

As we delve further into the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason, our attention has begun to shift towards the draft. Like we’ve done all throughout the offseason, these reports will cover the prospects of the 2015 NFL Draft, placing an emphasis on those who could help the Steelers the most.

My 69th and last full pre-draft scouting report of the year. Big thanks to everyone who read and commented on them. With me out of school next year, I expect to produce even more reports. 200 from myself alone is the goal.

#90 – Malcom Brown/DT Texas: 6’2/3 319

The Good

– Surprising first step and a better than anticipated athlete
– Capable of penetrating and disrupting when asked to shoot upfield
– Holds point of attack against base blocks, shows active eyes and hands to shed
– Impactful punch as a pass rusher with an effective swim move
– Powerful, engulfing tackler
– Shows effort and hustle, athleticism helps him run down plays
– Versatile, experience playing the three and the five
– Impressive production at all levels, tackles, TFL, sacks
– Blossomed in 2014, numerous accolades

The Bad

– Doesn’t have the strength to hold the point of attack against double-teams and combo blocks, is prone to getting turned and washed out
– Struggles to generate power on his bull rush and, partly because he doesn’t get his arms fully extended
– Hand fighting could be more consistent and will go dead, causing him to get stuck on his rushes
– Prone to getting overextended on his initial step, creates flatback and drops his eye level

The Other

– Two-year starter who left after his junior year
– First-Team AP All-American in 2014
– 2014: 72 tackles, 15 TFL 6.5 sacks
– High school career: 66 TFL 24 sacks over final three seasons
– Has a wife and two kids

Tape Breakdown

Brown is as advertised. A surprising three tech prospect, the former Longhorn shows impressive movement skills. That was backed up by his times at the Combine, running the 40 in 5.05 and producing ten splits in the 1.7’s.

He’s a penetrator that is capable of disrupting, as evident in the GIF below. He’s the LDT in the clip.

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Has the strength to hold the POA against base blocks with the quickness to shed.

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But unlike someone like Eddie Goldman, I don’t see a prospect that can hold the point of attack against double-teams and combo blocks. Never saw him successfully take one on in the three games I observed. RDT in the below GIF.

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Combination block knock knocks Brown to the ground.

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Can see a lack of strength in his weak bull rush, which is too easily anchored by lineman. We know it isn’t a foot speed issue given his athleticism.

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Bottom line is Brown is a productive three technique best served getting upfield and penetrating, creating havoc in the backfield. Not a two-gapping nose tackle asked to occupy space. He’s first round talent but not the correct fit for the Steelers.

Projection: Mid-Late 1st

Games Watched: vs BYU, vs Oklahoma, vs Arkansas (Bowl)

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