NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle options for Detroit Lions

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Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

Sep 27, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) warms up before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. Texas won the game 23-0. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Brown was an All-American first team and All-Big 12 first team in his junior with the Longhorns.  He 88 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles last season.

Brown has good athletic ability, especially with his hands, is what’s causing him to rise on many mock drafts.

His ability to get around defenders with his quickness and being able to draw a double team from time to time, makes him highly touted prospect.  Also, he’s able to shove defenders aside to disrupt the play and apply pressure to the backfield.

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  • Although he started to improve on the use of his power towards the end of last season, he still needs to work how to use his power to push offensive lineman aside more effectively.  Brown also needs to build up his strength, so he can improve his power and be able to break up double teams better.

    Even with Brown rising up on most mock drafts and draft boards, he hasn’t risen enough to be considered an impossible pick for the Lions.

    All the Lions would need to do is build up his power and strength, which is doable in this defensive staff.  Plus, his blue-collar style would also fit right into Jim Caldwell’s system and the mentality of the Motor City as a whole.

    When talking about realism, the Lions drafting Brown is a huge possibility.  Assuming they don’t go offensive line with their first round pick, Brown would be the best option at 23.  Pair him up with Ngata, and the Lions still have a deadly duo at defensive tackle.