NFL Draft Live Blog: Patriots Draft DT Malcom Brown
BOSTON (CBS) -- Follow along throughout the night for all the updates from Round 1 of the NFL Draft.
32nd Pick -- New England Patriots: DT Malcom Brown, Texas
The Patriots did in fact make a pick, and they added some significant size to their defensive line with Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown.
At 6-2, 319-pounds, Brown is a big fella who can fill the void left by Vince Wilfork's departure.
Here's the scouting report from CBSSports:
STRENGTHS: He definitely passes the eye test with a tall, wide frame and carries his 315-325 pound frame very well, showing easy movement skills. Brown looks natural on his feet with the range and redirection skills to make plays away from the line of scrimmage. Frequently among the quickest off the ball, showing the ability to penetrate and create havoc on behind the line of scrimmage. Brown locates the ball quickly, keeping his eyes up even as he is fighting through multiple blockers and works hard to get to the action, spinning and sliding to get involved. Gets his hands up in passing lanes, showing good body control and timing on his leaps to bat passes down at the line of scrimmage (six over his career). Still developing talent whose best football appears to be ahead of him. The NFL may also appreciate his maturity. Brown is married with two children and volunteered for Adams Angels, an organization for families who have children with cancer or have lost children to cancer.
WEAKNESSES: Shows good core strength and flexibility to anchor but needs to show greater power and technique in his hands to disengage and to latch onto (and drag down) ball-carriers as they attempt to run past him. Relies on his agility to slip by blockers, showing more tenacity and effort than an array of pass rush moves.
Brown became a starter at Texas his sophomore year, finishing the season with 68 tackles and two sacks. He was named an All-American in 2014 after recording 69 tackles and 6.5 sacks, and is said to be very mature for a player coming out after his junior season.
This is the second straight year the Patriots have used their first round pick on a defenive lineman, drafting Dominque Easley last year. These two could be very disruptive together on the defensive line.
As they awaited the Patriots pick in Chicago, Josie (The Outfield's Your Love) played in the background. Scott Zolak is pretty pumped somewhere.
That's it for the first round, but we'll have much more on Brown throughout the night.
As for Day 2 of the NFL Draft (rounds two and three), the Patriots are scheduled to have three selections: No. 62 (second round), No. 96 (third round) and No. 97 (third round, compensatory pick).
31st Pick -- New Orleans Saints: LB Stephone Anthony, Clemson
The Patriots are on the clock, so we won't say much about this pick. So here's his bio.
30th Pick -- Green Bay Packers: FS Damarious Randall, Arizona State
The Packers needed help in the secondary, and should get that in Randall, who was a named first-team All-Pac-12 in 2014.
At 5-11 his size is a concern, but he finished with 106 tackles in 2014.
View: Randall's CBSSports Draft Report
The Saints are now on the clock, and we're getting some mixed info about the reported Pats trade. It looks like they may pick after all, and that pick may already be in.
29th Pick -- Indianapolis Colts: WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami
The Colts added another weapon to Andrew Luck's arsenal with the explosive Phillip Dorsett.
View: Dorsett's CBSSports Draft Report
Dorsett only had 36 receptions in 2014, but 10 of them were for touchdowns. He averaged 24.2 yards per catch, giving Luck a very legitimate deep threat -- alongside T.Y. Hilton. Those two are going to have some great footraces in practice.
The Green Bay Packers are now on the clock.
28th Pick -- Detroit Lions: G Laken Tomlinson, Duke
The reported Patriots trade makes sense, seeing how another potential draft target went off the board.
Duke guard Laken Tomlinson would have looked nice on the New England offensive line, but he's now heading to Detroit.
View: Tomlinson's CBSSports Draft Report
The Indianapolis Colts are now on the clock, as we await official word from the Patriots regarding their reported trade with Houston.
It looks like the Patriots may not make a pick this evening.
Hope you weren't staying up late, hoping to learn a new name tonight.
27th Pick -- Dallas Cowboys: CB Bryon Jones, UConn
There goes another potential Patriots cornerback, as the Cowboys draft UConn's Bryon Jones.
View: Jones' CBSSports Draft Report
Jones turned heads at the combine, when he almost literally jumped out of the stadium. He's very fast and very athletic, but there are some health issues that go with Jones. He had shoulder surgery in October, and it's been a slow recovery.
The Detroit Lions are on the clock, as we inch closer to the Patriots selection.
26th Pick -- Baltimore Ravens: WR Breshaud Perriman, UCF
The Ravens have given Joe Flacco another weapon. A 6-3 receiver, Perriman finished his three-year career at UFC with 115 receptions for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns.
View: Perriman's CBSSports Draft Report
The Dallas Cowboys are now on the clock.
25th Pick -- Carolina Panthers: LB Shaq Thompson, Washington
The Boston Red Sox' draft pick is now a member of the Carolina Panthers.
Thompson, an 18th round pick by the Sox in 2012, can do it all. He played both inside and outside linebacker, and had six touchdowns last season -- four on defense and two as the team's running back. He may even get some carries at running back in Carolina.
View: Thompson's CBSSports Draft Report
The Baltimore Ravens are now on the clock, but be on the ready for a Patriots trade. If they were to trade up tonight, they'd do so in the next few picks.
24th Pick -- Arizona Cardinals: OT D.J. Humphries, Florida
The Cardinals had a problem keeping quarterbacks healthy last season, so they're hoping some help on the offensive line will put an end to those issues.
View: Humphries' CBSSports Draft Report
The Carolina Panthers are now on the clock.
23rd Pick -- Denver Bronocs: DE Shane Ray, Missouri
The Broncos traded up, grabbing the No. 23 pick from Detroit for offensive lineman Manny Ramirez and three picks: No. 28, No. 143 (fifth round) and 2016 fifth-round pick.
With that pick, they upgraded their defense with defensive end Shane Ray, who was named 2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. He had 14.5 sacks last season, which ranked third in the nation.
View: Ray's CBSSports Draft Report
A foot issue and recent marijuana charges hurt his stock (hey, it's legal in Denver!), but the kid can make plays. The Patriots are going to have to keep an eye on him when they take on the Broncos this season.
The Arizona Cardinals are now on the clock.
22nd Pick -- Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Bud Dupree, Kentucky
The Steelers needed some help in the pass-rush, and may have gotten it in Dupree. He finished his Kentucky career with 23.5 sacks, including 7.5 sacks his senior year when he was a team captain.
View: Dupree's CBSSports Draft Report
The Detroit Lions are now on the clock, but it looks like we'll have another trade soon.
21st Pick -- Cincinnati Bengals: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
The Bengals have added a powerful and quick tackle in Ogbuehi to protect Andy Dalton going forward. He played both left and right tackle at A&M.
View: Ogbuehi's CBSSports Draft Report
The Pittsburgh Steelers are now on the clock.
20th Pick -- Philadelphia Eagles: WR Nelson Agholor, USC
Chip Kelly gave Sam Bradford a new weapon to throw to, if Sam Bradford actually plays football this season.
Agholor had 104 receptions for 12 touchdowns and 1,313 yards as the Trojans' No. 2 receiver last season. He finished with 20 touchdowns over his three-year career.
View: Agholor's CBSSports Draft Report
He should replace Jeremy Maclin nicely in Philly.
The Cincinnati Bengals are now on the clock.
19th Pick -- Cleveland Browns: C Cameron Erving, FSU
The man who took over for Bryan Stork at center at FSU is now a member of the Browns. A converted defensive lineman, he can play anywhere on the line, and was a potential pick for the Patriots had he fallen to No. 32.
View: Erving's CBSSports Draft Report
Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles are now on the clock. This could be interesting.
18th Pick -- Kansas City Chiefs: CB Marcus Peters, Washington
Another corner off the board for the Patriots. Chances were Peters wasn't going to be there when they selected at No. 32, but there was a slight chance his off-field and on-field issues would drop his stock. But he's one of the best corners in the draft, and there goes another potential pick for the Patriots.
View: Peters' CBSSports Draft Report
The Browns are back on the clock.
17th Pick -- San Francisco 49ers: DE Arik Armstead,Oregon
After trading down a couple of picks, the 49ers land a big defensive lineman in Arik Armstead.
He's 6-7, 292-pounds, and finished the 2014 season with 46 tackles, 16 quarterback pressures, 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for losses.
View: Armstead's CBSSports Draft Report
The Kansas City Chiefs are now on the clock.
16th Pick -- Houston Texans: CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
There goes another corner, which is disappointing if you're a Patriots fan. This could spark a run at the position.
A four-year player at Wake Forest, Johnson had seven interceptions during his career with the Demon Deacons.
View: Johnson's CBSSports Draft Report
Johnson is very quick, but he's not that big at 6-0 and 188-pounds. He'll have to put on some size if he wants to succeed in the NFL, but we'll see what Romeo Crennel can do with him in the Texans' defense.
The San Francisco 49ers are now on the clock.
15th Pick -- San Diego Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
The Chargers are a bit of a running back factory, so why not take another?
Gordon put up monster numbers in 2014, rushing for 29 touchdowns and 2,587 yards and was one of three Heisman finalists last season. He set the single game rushing record with 408 yards (and four touchdowns) on 25 carries against Nebraska in November.
He finished his Badgers career with 45 touchdowns in 45 games.
View: Gordon's CBSSports Draft Report
The Houston Texans are now on the clock.
14th Pick -- Miami Dolphins: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville
The Patriots secondary has another deep threat to worry about in the division next year, so maybe they'll go corner at No. 32.
The 6-3 Parker was one of the best receivers in college football in the second half of the 2014 season after missing the first seven games, finishing the year with five touchdowns and 855 receiver yards. He had 33 touchdowns over his four-year career at Louisville.
Parker is the third receiver drafted in the first 14 picks.
View: Parker's CBSSports Draft Report
And WE FINALLY HAVE A TRADE. The San Diego Chargers acquire the No. 15 pick from the San Francisco 49ers (and are now on the clock) for pick No. 17, a 2015 fourth rounder and a 2016 sixth rounder.
13th Pick -- New Orleans Saints: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford
Drew Brees will be happy with this pick. He'll have a 6-7, 313-pounder protecting him, if Peat earns his playing time.
View: Peat's CBSSports Draft Report
Peat's dad, Todd, played six seasons in the NFL. He wouldn't allow his son to play until high school.
The Miami Dolphins are now on the clock.
12th Pick -- Cleveland Browns: DT Danny Shelton, Washington
The Browns are adding a disruptive presence to their defensive line in Danny Shelton.
Shelton had 208 tackles and 11.5 sacks in his four years at Washington, with nine of those sacks coming last season.
View: Shelton's CBSSports Draft Report
More importantly, he's in competition with Leonard Williams for best hair at the draft.
Shelton gave fans in the stands a good laugh, picking up Goodell when he got on stage.
The New Orleans Saints are now on the clock.
11th Pick -- Minnesota Vikings: CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
We have a corner off the boards, so start sweating Patriots fans.
Waynes started all 13 games for the Spartans in 2014, recording 46 tackles, 11 passes defended and three interceptions. Those numbers earned him first team All-Big Ten honors.
View: Waynes' CBSSports Draft Report
The Cleveland Browns are now on the clock, which is always entertaining.
10th Pick -- St. Louis Rams: RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
The Rams go offense with their first pick, and go old school by selecting a running back in the Top 10.
Gurley has that rare blend of speed and power, but there are some injury concerns. He missed three games in 2013 with an ankle injury, and then played just six games in 2014 before tearing his ACL.
View: Gurley's CBSSports Draft Report
But in 30 games with the Bulldogs, Gurley found the end zone 36 times on the ground and six additional times through the air.
So we have a running back off the board, but still no trades tonight.
The Minnesota Vikings are now on the clock.
9th Pick -- New York Giants: OT Ereck Flowers, Miami
The New York Giants are looking to protect Eli Manning with their first pick of the 2015 draft.
He's a big fella at 6-6, 329-pounds, and was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2014. He reportedly had knee surgery in the middle of the season last year, but only missed one game.
View: Flowers' CBSSports Draft Report
We'll see if this pick creates a little run on offensive linemen, which could play a role in what the Patriots decide to do.
The St. Louis Rams are now on the clock.
8th Pick -- Atlanta Falcons: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
The Falcons hired a defensive-minded coach in former Seahawks D-Coordinator Dan Quinn, so their selection of an edge rusher makes perfect sense. Draft gurus are comparing him to Von Miller.
Beasley recorded 33 sacks in his four years at Clemson, including 13 and 12 in the last two seasons, respectively.
View: Beasley's CBSSports Draft Report
The New York Giants are now on the clock.
7th Pick -- Chicago Bears: WR Kevin White, West Virginia
Bears fans are going bananas, very happy their team just added a talented wide receiver. Now if they could only get rid of Jay Cutler, Bears fans would be really happy.
White had two successful years with the Mountaineers, hauling in 15 touchdowns in 24 games. Ten of those touchdowns came last season, when he had 109 receptions for 1,447 yards. He should be a good replacement for Brandon Marshall, who the Bears traded over the offseason.
View: White's CBSSports Draft Report
The Atlanta Falcons are now on the clock.
6th Pick -- New York Jets: DT Leonard Williams, USC
Well this isn't good news for the Patriots.
The Jets drafted USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams, who at 6-5 and 302-pounds is another big body to put on an already large Jets defensive line. It was already one of the best in the league, and adding Williams to the mix makes it a terrifying group to go against.
Williams put up some big numbers for the Trojans in 2014, recording 80 total tackles (9.5 for loss), seven sacks and three forced fumbles. What a steal for the Jets at No. 6, and what a great start for the Mike Maccagnan-Todd Bowles era.
View: Williams' CBSSports Draft Report
The draft isn't in New York this year, but a pair of faithful Jets fans made the trek to Chicago to start the "J-E-T-S" chant (and boo Goodell, of course).
The Chicago Bears are now on the clock.
5th Pick -- Washington Redskins: OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa
Washington didn't have first round picks in 2012, 2013 or 2014 after their blockbuster deal for Robert Griffin III, and their first pick of the night is a guy they're hoping will protect him.
View: Scherff's CBSSports Draft Report
In a surprise pick, Washington went with an offensive lineman fifth overall. Scherff is a beast on the line, especially in the run game, according to scouts.
The New York Jets are now on the clock. Let's see how the mess this one up!
4th Pick -- Oakland Raiders: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama
The Raiders have a No. 1 receiver for Derek Carr in Alabama's Amari Cooper.
In 41 games for the Crimson Tide, Cooper hauled in 31 touchdowns. He had 16 of those in 2014, when he was a Heisman finalist.
View: Cooper's CBSSports Draft Report
Cooper is a stud, but we'll see how it goes in Oakland.
The Washington football team is now on the clock.
3rd Pick -- Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Dante Fowler Jr., Florida
The Jaguars are trying to bulk up their defensive line, drafting defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. out of Florida.
View: Fowler Jr.'s CBSSports Draft Report
At 6-3, 261-pounds, he's a beast that can get after the opposing quarterback, and he plays all over the defensive line.
He's also got the best shoes in the draft:
The Oakland Raiders are on the clock. They're likely going to take a wide receiver.
2nd Pick -- Tennessee Titans: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
The 2014 Heisman winner is heading to the Titans.
After all that pre-draft trade talk, Tennessee held on to the No. 2 pick and drafted their quarterback of the future.
Mariota went 36-5 in his three years at Oregon, tossing 105 touchdowns (to just 14 interceptions) and nearly 11,000 yards. His best year came in 2014, when he threw for 4,452 yards and 42 touchdowns, leading Oregon to a Rose Bowl win over Winston and Florida State. That earned the Ducks a spot in the National Championship game, where they lost 42-20 to Ohio State.
View: Mariota's CBSSports Draft Report
As a system QB at Oregon, Mariota is no sure-thing to translate in the NFL. We'll see if he was worth such a high selection over time.
But now that he's in the NFL, maybe Goodell will get his name right. He pronounced it, "Mariot-oh" when calling out the Hawaiian's name. He's probably just mad that Mariota isn't there in Chicago.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are now on the clock.
1st Pick -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jameis Winston, FSU
As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have drafted Jameis Winston with the first overall pick.
In 27 games at Florida State, Winston threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 65 touchdowns, rushing for seven more scores.
VIEW: Winston's CBSSports Draft Report
He won a BCS Championship and became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman in 2013, when he threw 40 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards.
There are some maturity and character concerns with Winston though. He was accused of sexually assaulting a classmate in 2012 (he was later cleared), was seen using extremely vulgar language in the student union at FSU (he was suspended for one game) and is the world's most popular crab leg thief, leading many to question if he's ready for all that will come with the spotlight of the NFL.
But there are few questions about Winston's athletic talent, and Tampa Bay is in need of a new face for their franchise. In Winston they have that face of the franchise, and a quarterback to build around.
8:04 pm: Roger Goodell was greeted by boos as he took the stage, but he loves that stuff. More importantly, the 2015 NFL Draft is underway.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock. Each team gets 10 minutes per selection in the first round.
8:00 pm: We're just waiting on Roger Goodell to take the stage in Chicago to kick this bad boy off.
As we wait, here's some interesting rumors swirling around the No. 2 pick:
7:51 pm: The Eagles and Bears are two teams being mentioned in regards to the No. 2 pick. It sounds like the Titans will have their choice when it comes to trade partners, but they may end up holding on to the pick and drafting Mariota.
We'll find out very soon.
For more on the Patriots, Bob Socci joined Adam Jones on 98.5 The Sports Hub to give his take on the evening ahead:
Meanwhile, in Foxboro:
7:29 pm: Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio joined Scott Zolak on a special edition of Patriots All Access on WBZ-TV, but didn't offer much into New England's plans tonight.
When asked if the Pats have plans to move up, move down or take their pick at No. 32, Caserio gave a very Belichickian answer.
"A lot of it, any time there is movement, especially at the bottom of a round, it's usually player driven or player specific," said Caserio. "Depending on what is going on around you, whether or not a team is interested, that will determine what we end up doing with that pick."
The waiting game continues.
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss and Patriots Football Weekly's Paul Perillo joined WBZ-TV's Steve Burton on the draft special, and gave their picks for who the Patriots could draft at No. 32.
Reiss went with USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor, saying the team could trade up for the smart pass-catcher if he's around in the 20s. Perillo went with Florida State center Cameron Erving, who can play all along the offensive line, but won't likely be there when it comes time for the Patriots to pick.
As for the draft itself, the top picks have been introduced in Chicago.
7:02 pm: We know Chip Kelly wants Marcus Mariota, and we've heard plenty of rumors that the Eagles are chatting with the Titans about the No. 2 overall pick.
But if that falls threw, Chip is reportedly ready to talk with the Bucs about the first overall pick -- via Mike Floria of ProFootballTalk.
We'll see how much Kelly really wants his man come 8 pm.
6:45 pm: Draft night is finally here.
The NFL Draft gets underway tonight, and for the first time since 1965 the festivities will not be held in New York. This year's draft is at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, meaning 256 dreams will come true in the Windy City -- at least for those who are showing up.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be up first when all the fun gets underway at 8 pm, and it's expected they're going to select Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. After that, rumors are swirling in regards to what the Tennessee Titans will do with pick No. 2, and whether or not they'll use that pick to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, or trade it for a bundle of other picks. But right now, we're not going to find anything out until Roger Goodell officially puts the Buccaneers on the clock.
As for us here in New England, it could be a long night of waiting, but Patriots fans are used to that. The Pats aren't scheduled to make their first selection until the final pick of the first round, which likely won't come until around 11:30 pm. And it's no sure thing the Patriots even use their pick this evening.
But we doubt any Patriots fans are complaining, seeing how the late night selection is courtesy of that Super Bowl championship a few months ago.
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The Patriots certainly have needs. On defense there is a glaring hole at corner with the departures of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, and there's a big void on the defensive line with Vince Wilfork now in Houston. On offense, it never hurts to have first-round talent on the offensive line.
We'll have to see how the first round shapes up throughout the night, and if the Patriots feel the need to move up, down or stay put.
Here's a look at New England's nine picks in this year's draft:
1st Round (32nd Overall)
2nd Round (64th Overall)
3rd Round (96th Overall)
3rd Round (97th Overall, compensatory pick)*
4th Round (101st Overall, acquired from Tampa Bay in Logan Mankins trade)
4th Round (131st Overall)
6th Round (177th Overall, acquired from TB in Jonathan Casillas trade)
7th Round (219th Overall, acquired from Tennessee in Akeem Ayers trade)
7th Round (253rd Overall, compensatory pick)*
*Cannot be traded
Read: Patriots NFL Draft Guide
The Patriots roster currently sits at 75, so it's highly unlikely they will be using all of their picks this year. Owner Robert Kraft made some interesting comments on Wednesday in regards to the depth of the draft, saying it's the middle rounds that have teams interested the most.
"There is a lot of depth in the middle area. I don't think there are a lot of exceptional players like some other years," said Kraft. "Those people who have done their best homework and understand talent should be able to do a good job, because it's really deep in the middle [rounds]."
Those comments make you think the Patriots will likely trade down, either acquiring more picks for Friday and Saturday, or even more picks for future drafts.
That's what Bill Belichick did in 2013, trading pick No. 29 to the Minnesota Vikings for a second rounder (No. 52, Jamie Collins), a third rounder (No. 83, Logan Ryan), a fourth rounder (No. 102, Josh Boyce) and a seventh rounder (No. 229, traded to Tampa Bay). The Vikings drafted wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson with No. 29, and while he's very good at what he does, the trade looks great from a Patriots' standpoint thanks to Collins' emergence last season.
In all, Belichick has traded down 17 times during his 15 years in New England, including five times in the first round.
On the flip side, he's also traded up 17 times while in New England, including four times in first round. The last time came in 2012, when Bill traded up twice: Swapping 1st rounders with the Bengals to draft Chandler Jones 21st overall (Cincinnati drafted G Kevin Zeitler at No. 27) and sending a first rounder (No. 31, used by Tampa Bay to draft RB Doug Martin) and fourth rounder (No. 126, DE Jared Crick) to Denver for the No. 25 pick, used to draft Dont'a Hightower.
Both of those moves worked out well for New England.
As for the two other times the Patriots traded up in the first round:
2003: Pats send picks No. 14 and No. 193 (sixth round) to Bears for No. 13 pick, used to draft DT Ty Warren
2002: Pats send picks No. 32, No. 96 (third round) and No. 234 (seventh round) for No. 21 pick, used to draft TE Daniel Graham
So there is no telling what Belichick and his staff has up their sleeves, and they probably don't even know just yet. Picking so late, they'll just have to wait and see if there's a run on a certain position, possibly jumping up to get a player they like, or they can sit back and see if other teams come calling for one final first round pick.
We're in for a long night, but we'll have each of the first round picks covered here on CBSBostonsports.com. Be sure to check out a special Pre-Draft edition of Patriots All Access on WBZ-TV at 7pm, and tune in to 98.5 The Sports Hub as Adam Jones, Rich Keefe, Mike Flynn and Bob Socci break down all the picks throughout the night!
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