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ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that Texas DT Malcom Brown is an ideal fit for the Lions.

This pairing makes plenty of sense. Beyond all the mock drafts that have slotted Brown to Detroit, we already know that a relevant voice in the Lions' operation likes Brown quite a bit. "Consistency," Detroit defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who attended Brown's pro day, said when asked what had stood out on film. "He put together a really consistent year this year from start to finish. That’s what you like to see when you’re evaluating. You like to see the consistency week after week. He put together a really consistent year. You can tell he’s a hard worker." The Lions replaced Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley with Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, and they probably aren't done adding. "There's definitely a chance Brown is available at No. 23," Kiper concluded.
Mar 31 - 6:52 PM

A pair of scouts expressed optimism over Texas OLB Jordan Hicks' NFL prospects.

"He'll probably be a coach after he's done with football. He loves it that much. His problem is that it's hard to project the player fitting into his traits because he struggles to make plays outside of the scheme," said an AFC area scout. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that Hicks "is an improving player who will live in the film room and might end up overdrafted on the upside potential," and ranked him as the class' No. 10 linebacker. "Hicks needed the discipline that Charlie Strong brought with him. I saw enough improvement this year to give him a much higher grade than I had on him back in September," said an NFC East scout. At the combine, Hicks was one of the best testers amongst linebackers.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 12:41 AM

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians told reporters he is open to adding a "bigger" RB this offseason.

Beat writer Josh Weinfuss suggests in the fourth- or fifth-round. There will always been late round or undrafted running backs who produce, but there is a drop off in obvious talent outside of the top 100, at least in our estimation. Texas' Malcolm Brown is a section favorite during the third day, however.
Mar 25 - 10:50 AM

The Texans will put Texas LB Jordan Hicks through a private workout.

Hicks has one of the longer injury histories in the draft, but on the field he can cover a lot of ground and has flashed comfort in coverage, which is a skill few linebackers out of college have. He will likely be a third day selection. Hicks was one of the better athletic testers among linebackers.
Mar 25 - 10:43 AM

Detroit defensive line coach Kris Kocurek was impressed with Texas DT Malcom Brown's pro day workout.

"The impressive part of this deal is he was able to rapid fire through in a short period of time and then finished strong at the end," Kocurek said. "Impressive workout." The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder grew up idolizing All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and now he may get the opportunity to replace him. "Consistency," Kocurek said when asked what had stood out on film. "He put together a really consistent year this year from start to finish. That’s what you like to see when you’re evaluating. You like to see the consistency week after week. He put together a really consistent year. You can tell he’s a hard worker."
Mar 25 - 1:34 AM

Texas edge rusher Cedric Reed (torn meniscus) didn't participate at the school's Tuesday pro day.

Reed underwent surgery in January and isn't quite ready to show his stuff to evaluators. No word yet on plans for a private workout prior to the draft. The 6-foot-6, 258-pound Reed, a second-team All-Big 12 selection last year, recorded 5.5 sacks in 2014.
Mar 24 - 11:13 PM

Texas DT Malcom Brown worked out for the defensive line coaches of the Lions, Colts and Bengals at Tuesday's pro day.

Scouts and coaches alike were excited to take in Brown, as many are still unsure where to put him in the NFL. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder played up and down the line at Texas, and now the NFL is debating which position -- and scheme -- suits him best. "I really believe I can play any technique," Brown said. "If you go to my film, since I’ve been here, I’ve played nose, three-technique, end, stand-up end. Just wherever you’re going to put me, I’m going to play. I’m going to attack the work." On Monday, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks mocked Brown to the Cowboys at No. 27. "The Cowboys need a dominant interior defender to continue to play solid defense under Rod Marinelli," Brooks wrote. "Brown is a monster at the point of attack, exhibiting exceptional strength and power to overwhelm blockers at the line."
Mar 24 - 10:07 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Texas senior edge rusher Cedric Reed "got better as the 2014 season progressed," and adds him to his "All-Underrated Team."

"Reed had a much better junior season than senior season, but he reportedly played through a torn meniscus during his senior year. If you turn on the 2013 tape of Reed playing opposite Jackson Jeffcoat, Reed jumps out at you, and he got better as the 2014 season progressed. He destroyed West Virginia last season," Davis wrote. The Texas prospect had a solid senior season, and was a second-team All-Big 12 selection. The 6-foot-6, 258-pound Reed recorded 5.5 sacks and was tied for the team lead, with 8 QB pressures.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 2:04 PM

NFL scouts at Texas A&M-Commerce's pro day described RB Joe Bergeron to Tony Pauline as a "beast."

"[They stated] he looked good in drills and caught the ball very well," Pauline added. "The feeling is Bergeron will get a legitimate shot in camp this summer." Bergeron has the physical skills to make the transition to the sport's highest level, but many teams won't want to deal with the potential headache. Longhorns' coach Charlie Strong dismissed Bergeron not long after he arrived in town, and the running back allegedly punched, shoved and slapped a female student in October.
Mar 18 - 1:01 AM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney believes Texas DT Malcom Brown "checks all the boxes for teams seeking a durable defensive lineman with experience, maturity and size."

"Give me a position to play in, and I'll play it: 3-4, 4-3, doesn't matter. There's not that big of a difference between nose and end," Brown said. The prospect's versatility is a big selling point to the NFL, though he's ultimately expected to settle in as a 4-3 DT. "Brown lacks the agility to be a constant pass-rush threat, but he creates a no trespassing zone against run anywhere along line," Cooney wrote. "A responsible parent for two daughters, Brown is a big daddy on the field, using his broad, 6-foot-2-plus frame and 320 pounds of muscle as a stout run-stopper."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 16 - 12:59 AM

Texas DT Malcom Brown "is an outstanding interior run stuffer whose low center of gravity, mass and strength makes him tough to move off the ball with one man," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He also improved as a hand fighter during his college career, showing the ability to get his hands inside, control blockers and disengage in time to make plays," Muench wrote. "While he's an average pass-rusher, he's quick and strong enough to occasionally provide push up the middle." The analyst believes Brown is best suited as a 4-3 nose tackle, though nodded to Brown's versatility in having lined up all over the line at Texas in a variety of schemes. "If he falls to pick No. 23, the Lions would do well to land him there," Muench wrote. "However, he's the second-ranked defensive tackle on our board, and he may not be available at that point."
Mar 15 - 6:11 PM

Texas DT Malcom Brown "sheds blocks quickly and could be a disruptive presence on the Lions defensive line," according to NFL.com's College Football 24/7.

"Draft buzz on him has been on the rise, and he could be available when the Lions make their first pick at No. 23 overall," wrote Chase Goodbread. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein mocks Brown to the Lions. "Typical Texas guy," an anonymous NFL scout recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Has talent but little bit of an underachiever. He has more ability than he's showing. He can be a three-technique or a shade."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 9:55 PM

Per CBS, Texas RB Malcolm Brown is the draft's most sure-handed runner, fumbling only once every 619.0 touches.

In an absolutely loaded running back class, Brown could be a nice find in the latter stages of Day 3. He's a former five-star recruit, has an exceptional character and work ethic, doesn't turn the ball over, runs low to the ground with authority, and has both speed and agility. The tools never really added up at Texas, however. We see a poor man's DeMarco Murray.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 4 - 10:57 PM

Texas DT Malcom Brown has "some upside", an NFL scout said.

"Typical Texas guy," said the scout. "Has talent but little bit of an underachiever. He has more ability than he's showing. He can be a three-technique or a shade." The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2014. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes, Brown was the first Longhorn DT since Tony Degrate (1984) to lead the school in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (15) in a season.
Mar 2 - 1:07 AM

Chicago Tribune's Matt Bowen believes Texas senior CB Quandre Diggs could be an option for the Chicago Bears and could "compete for a roll as a nickel or dime defender in Fangio's system."

"Diggs projects as a core special teams player who should produce on coverage units, and I think he can compete for a roll as a nickel or dime defender in Fangio's system. One of my favorite players from the Senior Bowl, the Texas product can contribute to a Bears secondary that needs to get younger and more athletic as a mid- to late-round selection," Bowen wrote. Although Diggs lacks the ideal size at the next level, the Texas prospect shows great instincts and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. The four-year starter played in 80 percent of the snaps in his career at Texas.
Feb 27 - 3:17 PM


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