Just don't mess it up.
Widely projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Malcom Brown merely needed a solid showing at the NFL Scouting Combine over the weekend to cement his status.
The 6'2, 319-pounder wasn't a top performer in any of the tests -- a difficult task to accomplish since the NFL lumps all the defensive linemen together -- but he did do enough to impress NFL teams with his results by confirming the quickness and overall agility that showed up on his Texas film:
NFL Network draft analysts had positive things to say about Brown:
"This kid's tape is so clean. Stout vs. run, pushes pocket, excellent hand placement." - Mike Mayock on Malcom Brown #IfMayockhadTwitter— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 22, 2015
Daniel Jeremiah was even more effusive in his praise (transcription courtesy of Horns247):
"One of my favorite players in this draft class, he's easy to figure out when you study him, he had a great day today. He can be dominant at the point of attack but also has that quickness to penetrate up-field and I thought he did a nice job through the bag drills today."
As a result, it's highly unlikely that Brown falls out of the first round -- there's a report of heavy interest from the Denver Broncos with the No. 29 pick, though most mock drafts have him coming off the board well before then. SB Nation's Dan Kadar has the Cleveland Browns taking the big defensive tackle at No. 19 and the Miami Dolphins are also in the market for a defensive tackle with the No. 14 pick.
Brown could benefit from some better testing numbers than Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who weighed in 20 pounds heavier than Brown, but was slower in all of the agility tests. Kadar has the Dolphins taking Shelton over Brown.
In the end, it may come down to whether a team wants a more traditional nose tackle in Shelton or a more agile lineman in Brown who can work up and down the line of scrimmage, but isn't as strong taking on double teams.