BOSTON (CBS) – The Patriots had a big hole to fill on their defensive line with Vince Wilfork leaving for Houston over the offseason, but they hope to have found a potential replacement on the first night of the 2015 NFL Draft.
With the 32nd pick in the first round, New England selected Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown. At 6-foot-2 and 319 pounds, Brown is a disruptive player that can move around and play multiple techniques along the defensive line.READ MORE: Man Seriously Injured In Hit And Run Crash In Somerville
“We just sat there and watched a lot of names come off the board, but we feel good about our selection of Malcom at 32,” said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. “He’s a guy that has played inside at the nose and all the way outside too; the five-technique and everywhere in between … There are plenty of snaps of him in a variety of spots.”
Aside from that, and what we read about him from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, we know very little about the player. So now that Brown is a Patriot, it’s probably best we get to know him since he’ll be a member of the community for the foreseeable future.
Brown is a native of Brenham, Texas, a town just 8.8 square miles in size with just over 15,000 people. Brenham is located an hour and a half east of the University of Texas in Austin, where he attended college.
Born To Play
Brown started playing football at age 7 and also lettered in basketball and track and field in high school.
Brown was named a consensus All-American as a junior in college and was also a five-star recruit coming out of high school according to Rivals. In 2014 he was a finalist for both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player) and Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) awards.
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Brown is married to Faith and the couple have two children: Rayna and Mayah. On a conference call with the New England media following the draft, Brown spoke about the importance of family.
“I’m real big on family – I love my family. I made a decision to get married and I really wanted that,” Brown late Thursday night. “It’s just somebody to take care of and I’ve done that and I had a child. I’m going to take care of my responsibilities. Every responsibility that I have I’m going to take care of.”
Brown had plenty of friends and family on hand for draft night:
According to the UT website, Brown volunteered for Adam’s Angels, an organization for families who have children with cancer or have lost children to cancer.
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