Oct 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) rolls out against Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) at the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma beat Texas 31-26. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Here we are again ! The combine is over, free agency is over and we still have one month of speculation until the draft. The good part is that it’s getting more interesting to discuss about possible scenarios now that the team needs are established. Here is my first three rounds draft scenario for the Chargers :
First round pick 17th
Malcom Brown ,DT, Texas
The more I look at draft history regarding DTs the more I think M.Brown will be available the Chargers will be on the clock. Exceptional DTs like Leonard Williams can go in top 10 even top 5 but usually you see them going in top 15 which would be out of the Chargers’ reach. I looked closer at M.Brown and I think that there in a very good chance M.Brown falls to the 17th pick.
Malcom Brown had a good combine but he didn’t kill it. His 3-Cone drill time hurts him. It’s one of the most important drill at the combine because it shows your overall quickness, speed and agility. M.Brown clocked at 7.84 sec at 319lbs. By comparison in last years draft there was Aaron Donald at 7.11 sec at 285lbs but he had one of the most impressive combine for DTs in years (2014 13th overall), Dontari Poe 7,90sec at 346lbs(2012 11th overall), Fletcher Cox 7,07 sec at 298lbs(2012 12th overall), Michael Brockers 7,46 sec at 322lbs (2012 12th overall). Now I’m not suggesting that he will not be a top 15 pick because of his 3-Cone drill time but all the players that I have mentioned are considered better overall athletes with higher potential and all went in the top 15 picks. M.Brown doesn’t possess the athleticism to match those players and it may cause him to fall past the top 15 and right in the Chargers’ arms at the 17th pick.
M.Brown unique flexibility is what will make the Chargers fall in love with him. He can play any position on the line. He even took few snaps in 5-technique. He is a high character guy and he fits perfectly what the Chargers are doing on defense (hybrid 3-4 ,4-3). He can line up at DT or DE even NT and OLB if needed. Him and Liuget are very similar type of player and they could anchor the Chargers’ D-Line for years to come. If he falls to the Chargers, I believe they will see him as BPA at a position of need so it’s a no-brainer pick.
His secret weapon : elite swim move
Combine results :
6’2″ 319lbs / 32 1/2″ arms length / 10″ hands
40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds / Bench press: 26 reps / Vertical jump: 29.5 inches / Broad jump: 98 inches / 3 Cone drill: 7.84 seconds / 20-yard shuttle: 4.59 seconds