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It was a bit unPatriot like, for New England to keep their first round selection. It was surprise that they didn’t trade down, especially in a draft class thought of as weak overall. However, the move, or rather lack of a move, should pay off. With Vince Wilfork gone, there was a significant hole left to fill on the defensive side of the ball. Following the teams 32nd overall selection, there is no longer any hole to fill. For New England, Malcom Brown is a great new asset. He’s talented, young and primed to make an instant impact on the defensive line. More than likely he won’t be able to replace Wilfork’s past level of production, and asking him to do so would be absurdly unreasonable, but Brown brings a lot of potential and promise to the position.

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Malcom Brown Scouting Report

At 6’2” and 319 lbs. of pure physical force, Malcom Brown is athletic for his size and extraordinarily versatile. He has both the ability to play inside at nose tackle or outside as a five-technique. Coincidentally, Brown is almost the same size as Vince Wilfork. Vince’s previously listed stats while with the Patriots  were 6’2” and 325lbs., a telling similarity indeed. The Patriots have high hopes for Malcom. During college he aptly displayed the ability to bat down passes, disrupt the opposing team’s offense and a penchant for making big tackles for losses. The Patriots hope that all of these capabilities transfer smoothly to the pros. Brown’s draft stock rose quickly with each solid showing towards the end of his time with Texas. As long as Brown can come into camp and produce at the level his physical attributes suggest, the Patriots won’t miss a beat next year on defense.

1st Round Draft Grade: B+

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Landin Murphy covers the NFL Draft for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk

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