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.

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“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.

Roots

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.

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Born To Play

Brown started playing football at age 7 and also lettered in basketball and track and field in high school.

Decorated

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.

(Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

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Family Man

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:

https://twitter.com/MalcomBrown_90/status/594064391097679872

Country Boy

Brown is a self-described country boy according to his bio on Twitter (you can follow him @MalcomBrown_90), and enjoys fishing, hunting and driving according to the UT website.

READ: What Belichick Said After Drafting Brown

Charitable

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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