The Patriots held the 32nd and final pick in the first round of the 2015 draft. And they didn’t trade it.
Instead, they used it on Texas defensive lineman Malcom Brown.
A versatile player, it makes sense that a coach who loves versatility would be attracted to Brown. Especially with Vince Wilfork now gone.
Six feet, two inches tall and 320 pounds, Brown declared early for the draft after being named an All-American in 2014.
For Brown’s sake, it would have been better to go at the top of round two, since he would have been eligible for a maximum deal of four years. The Patriots can now use the fifth-year option to hold Brown in place through 2019.