Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown interviewed with New England at the combine. (NFL.com)

Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown met with New England at the combine. (NFL.com)

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was at the University of Texas on Tuesday morning, getting a first-hand look at the Longhorns preparing for the 2015 NFL draft, as Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram shared.

One of whom preparing, defensive tackle Malcom Brown, could be of significant interest to a team like New England, which now finds itself lighter on the interior with Vince Wilfork a Houston Texan.

Brown, who is projected as a possible first-round pick this spring, was one of five Texas prospects to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine this February. He had a formal interview with the Patriots while there in Indianapolis.

The 6-foot-2, 319-pound two-year starter was a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy and the Outland Trophy in 2014, in addition to being named an AP first-team All-American and first-team All-Big 12. He is seen as a fit for both a 3-4 and 4-3 defensive front, and led the Longhorns in tackles for loss and sacks as a junior last season.

Also of note on Texas’ defensive side of the ball is 6-foot-5, 269-pound defensive end Cedric Reed, 6-foot-1, 236-pound linebacker Jordan Hicks, and 5-foot-9, 196-pound cornerback Quandre Diggs – three potential third-day picks this spring.

On the offensive side of the ball, running back Malcolm Brown, a 5-foot-11, 224-pound downhill mover who rushed for 708 yards and six touchdowns on 183 carries this past fall, could also present some intrigue for the Patriots in the later rounds.