Super Bowl champion Patriots draft Brenham's Malcom Brown

Super Bowl champion Patriots draft Brenham's Malcom Brown

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Super Bowl champion Patriots draft Brenham's Malcom Brown

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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

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

There are a number of ways to describe Malcom Brown.

Fast and strong. Intelligent and tenacious.

A bustin’-heads-takin’-names-type player.

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But when it comes to Brown—a 6-foot 2-inch, 319-pound defensive tackle from Brenham and a first-round NFL pick out of the University of Texas—there’s only one thing you need to know.

“He’s got all the qualities you want in a football player,” said Craig Agnew, the defensive coordinator for the Brenham High School football team and who coached Brown for four seasons.

You can also add one of the newest members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The Patriots selected Brown as the 32nd-overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30.

Photos: Malcom Brown through the years

Brown’s position became a priority for the Patriots after they lost five-time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork to the Houston Texans during the offseason. Brown is similar to Wilkfork in size and Brown started every game for the Longhorns the past two seasons.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is reserving judgment on what Brown can contribute.

“He’s got a long way to go, like every rookie does coming in,” Belichick said. “It’s a lot different in this league.”

Brown agreed, saying he doesn’t assume he has a job locked up.

“I’m just relentless,” he said. “I want to be the best I can be.”

While scouting Brown, Belichick did see flashes that Brown has talent.

“You just saw him in some different situations, different matchups,” Belichick said. “There’s plenty of film on this guy against some good competition.”

From his early days in Brenham—a quiet town of just over 16,000 people surrounded by Blue Bell, bluebonnets and baseball—to leading up to tonight’s NFL draft, those surrounding Brown believed he had NFL-caliber talent.

No further proof is needed than his high school days during a scrimmage against Manvel his junior year in 2010. On the first play from scrimmage, Brown lined up against Manvel’s center, who was covering Brown 1-on-1, and Brown quickly shed the block and tackled Manvel’s running back for a 5-yard loss.

And again his junior year against a district game against Waller. The Bulldogs had changed their entire offense from more of a passing attack to rushing attack to counteract Brown’s ability. After a series of plays, Brown told the Brenham coaches on the sideline that he figured out which way Waller was going to run based on the direction the quarterback’s eyes looked just before the snap.

“We trusted him—we always trusted him,” Agnew said of Brown.

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The Cubs went on to win that game 34-10.

“He was a man playing amongst boys,” said Ed Pothul, the sports director for KWHI-AM and who covered Brown all four years of his high school career.

Pothul remembers talking to Brenham head football coach Glen West during Brown’s freshman year with the Cubs. Even then, seven years ago in 2008, Pothul recalls West saying if Brown stayed on the right path, he could be good enough to play in the NFL.

“He’s the best big athlete I’ve ever been around,” West told the Brenham Banner-Press in 2011. “He can run, jump, play basketball, catch. He’s a tremendous athlete.”

What’s impressed Brown’s coaches for years beyond his ability on the field is his character off the gridiron.

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In a world where nearly every athlete carries baggage—the Jamies Winstons, who has countless reported troubles at Florida State, and the Randy Gregorys, who tested positive for smoking pot at the NFL Combine—those close to Brown say he’s a family man, who’s humble and wants nothing more to be a great football player and an ever better father and husband to his wife, Faith, and two daughters.

“The best thing about him, he’s a great person,” Agnew said. “He’s a big bear with little kids, who love to climb on him. He’s with his daughters every night, changing diapers and putting them to bed. … I would put him against anyone in the Draft on character. That’s what we’re most proud of. He’s a great ambassador for football.”

And during interviews after his high school games with the Cubs.

“He was always very respectable—very ‘yes sir,’ ‘no sir,'” Pothul said.

There are a number of ways to describe Malcom Brown.

Now you can add defensive tackle to a Super Bowl winner to the list.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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