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.