A productive junior season, a strong NFL Combine showing, and a good Texas Pro Day positioned Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Malcom Brown as the No. 23 pick to the Detroit Lions in SB Nation's consensus mock draft.
Compiled by pulling together 20 different mock drafts from a variety of experts, it's the most comprehensive look at where pundits believe Brown will land in less two weeks.
Once considered a possibility to come off the board a few picks earlier, Brown hasn't been able to displace No. 2 defensive tackle Danny Shelton, while it appears several other potential destinations will select players at other positions.
However, the Lions do need a disruptive presence next to free-agent signee Haloti Ngata and lost Ndamakong Suh to the Dolphins during the offseason, so Brown would seem like a perfect fit in Detroit, a team that evaluated the Texas star by sending defensive line coach Kris Kocurek down to Austin in March for the Longhorns Pro Day.
Other possibilities include the San Francisco 49ers at No. 15 (15% of the mock drafts), the Houston Texans at No. 16 (5%), the San Diego Chargers at No. 17 (5%), the Cleveland Browns at No. 19 (10%), the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21 (10%), the Arizona Cardinals at No. 24 (5%), the Denver Broncos at No. 28 (5%), the Indianapolis Colts at No. 29 (5%), and the New England Patriots at No. 32 (5%).
So there's no thought that Brown will fall all the way out of the first round and he could go as high as the middle third of the opening evening.
Whatever happens, Brown will only have to wait a few more days to find out where he'll be plying his trade in the NFL.