How 5 Rookies Have Fared that the Colts Could’ve Taken Over Phillip Dorsett

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Dec 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Malcom Brown, DT: New England Patriots

Pick: 1st Round, Pick #32

Height/Weight: 6’2″, 320 pounds

College: Texas


For the despised New England Patriots, Malcom Brown has proven to be a solid if unspectacular starting defensive lineman for Bill Belichick‘s defense during his rookie season. He’s appeared in 14 games for the Patriots, having started in 10 games while recording 37 tackles and 3 sacks.

Per ProFootballFocus (subscription), Brown has received a -1.6 grade overall for the Patriots at defensive tackle, including a -3.2 grade overall as a pass rusher. As mentioned, he’s been serviceable, but isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire either.

While Brown could’ve been used, especially in the wake of Arthur Jones‘ absence, the Colts did quite well for themselves to find defensive end Henry Anderson in the 3rd round of May’s draft regardless.

To-date, Anderson was outplaying Brown before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 9. Before then, Anderson had received a +12.6 grade overall from ProFootballFocus and was an elite run-stopper for the Colts.