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Football Insiders' Malcom Brown’s NFL Draft Breakdown


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Jun 23, 2005
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“Disruption is production” was a phrase coined by’s Josh Norris as a way to explain how players can still produce despite not having gaudy numbers.

This is especially prevalent for interior defensive linemen as a lot of what they do goes unnoticed in the box score. Whether it is taking on multiple blockers to give the linebackers free run at the ball carrier or getting pressure in a quarterback’s face, which causes an errant throw, defensive tackles can make a huge impact on a play without appearing on a stat sheet. Even if a defensive tackle has good stats, it doesn’t come close to explaining the type of impact they make on a game-to-game or play-to-play basis.

The player that best epitomizes this idea is none other than the Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Malcom Brown. If you look at the surface of Brown’s stat, you see a reasonable amount of production; he has 6.5 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries, 12.5 tackles for loss and 62 tackles. Nevertheless, these numbers don’t even come close to describing how well Brown has played and the type of impact he has made this year.

Brown has been a dominant player for an average Longhorns team. He plays mostly as the 3-technique defensive tackle, but he also moves outside to the 5-technique defensive end on occasion. He has the best player on the entire roster and it has led to him being a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy and a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy.

You may be wondering what about Brown allows him to make such a significant impact?

First, Brown has some of the strongest hands in college football. When he shoots his hands into an opposing player’s chest, it jolts the them and allows Brown to get off the block and make a play. Brown uses his hands to stand up blockers so that he can create separation and disengage off the block to go after the ball carrier. Brown is very adept at sorting through the trash in the interior of the offensive line as well.
this is another example of DT Carl Davis and Xavier Cooper numbers to what he actually does on the field, but these guys numbers are actually not as strong as they could be due to them actually playing more team defense and taking on all the blockers in front, flowing with the ball keeping their space and gaps, allowing LBs to come and fill to the ball. these guys are smart players who play great angles too, and knowledgable (especially Cooper in this sense) ...

but Malcom Brown actually makes a lot of tackles himself, and actually gets into the backfield well with his agility and different moves. he applies a great pop and fires off the ball well. he just needs to disengage quicker with his hands and wrap up better when tackling, but all in all he finds the ball well and makes the plays. he uses his quickness more than his strength.
Very possible for Miami at #14. A good GM will know the value of keeping the defensive line strong. Brown is very good.
Agree that he's a top-20 guy. For a guy that size, he's very explosive up field. I think that's where Miller's Dareus comparison comes into play. I don't think he's nearly as stout as Dareus, but they're both 320+ guys with burst. Not too many of those. He'd be a good pick at 14.
Wonder if Carl Davis falls to 2nd Rd to us. Would prefer Davis in Rd2 over Brown Rd 1
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