No matter what happens in the NFL these days, it seems like Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have inside information on how to make everything work perfectly. Coming off a Super Bowl victory in stunning fashion over the Seattle Seahawks, the Patriots decided to let go of important role players like pro bowl CB Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, as well as longtime DT Vince Wilfork.
It seemed like a terrible move for the Patriots to do as all three players are instrumental to their defensive success but the Patriots seemed to have a plan. With the last pick of the first round, the 32nd overall selection was DT Malcom Brown to the Patriots.
Malcom Brown is a 6’2″ 320 lbs surprisingly athletic big man from university of Texas. He has the same build as Wilfork has but a much more explosive and athletic game. He has a lot of stamina for a big guy, and his quickness helps him disrupt the backfield quite often. He does really well against a double team because of his lower body strength. He is a rare athletic specimen in this game.
The Patriots like to play mind games and use different schemes to confuse opponents and Brown’s versatility will fit right in with the coaches. He does need a lot of coaching work when it comes to tackling. He breaks through defenses easily but he is one of those defenders that tries to use one arm to tackle everyone. If he gets help improving his game and gets better at finishing plays, then the Patriots must have known that Brown could turn into the next Wilfork.