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Meet Malcom Brown, the Patriots’ newest defensive tackle

New England drafted defensive tackle Malcom Brown on Thursday with the 32nd overall pick.

Here is a look at the newest Patriot:

Height: 6 feet, 2 inches

Weight: 319 pounds

Age: 21

College: University of Texas

Hometown: Brenham, Texas

Twitter: MalcomBrown_90

Hold the extra L: The conventional way to spell Brown’s first name includes two Ls. But ditch that second one when it comes to Brown. It’s pesky and a hard habit to break (we know). But save yourself a peck on the keyboard and say it with us: M-A-L-C-O-M. It doesn’t help that Google wants to correct you when searching for Brown, suggesting his Texas teammate, running back Malcolm Brown. Now he’ll be teammates with another Malcolm — cornerback Malcolm Butler.

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Personal

■ He married Faith Osborne on May 14, 2014, and welcomed daughter, Mayah, on Aug. 15. Faith has a 4-year-old daughter, Rayna, from a previous relationship. Brown welcomed Rayna with open arms.

Right when I got in their life,” Brown said, “I tried to do my best.

■ His family was a big reason he declared for the draft as a junior.

“It just gives me more (motivation),” Brown said. “I’m not just playing for myself anymore — I’m playing to support my family. I can’t just think about myself when I make decisions. I have to think about my daughters and my wife being supportive, so I have to give it my all.”

■ Coaches, including his high school defensive coordinator Craig Agnew, rave about Brown as a person.

“He’s a big bear with little kids, who love to climb on him,” Agnew told KHOU.com. “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.”

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■ He still likes watching cartoons — he watched “Dragon Ball Z” as a kid — and does the same with his daughters now.

■ He majored in physical culture and sports in his three years at Texas.

■ He also volunteered in college for Adam’s Angels, an organization that offers support for families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer.

■ Brown doesn’t watch football in his free time. Not only does he have a family to help take care of, he said he gets bored if he watches too much film.

“I don’t want to be all about football, you know what I mean?” he told ESPN last fall. “I come up here, I study film, I do what I have to for the game. But once I leave, I feel like if I study it too much, it’ll get boring. I love football and I’m happy to be playing. God gave me good talent. But I have to find some kind of balance in between.”

Background

■ He helped Brenham High to a combined 34-5 record in three seasons as a starter.

Brown's stats in high school.
Season Tackles TFL Sacks QBH FF FR
2009 43 23 11 31 1 1
2010 48 27 4 24 5 1
2011 34 16 9 36 3 2
Total 125 66 24 91 9 4
Source: texassports.com

■ An opposing high school team, Waller, changed its offensive scheme before facing Brenham just to try to slow down Brown. It didn’t work. He figured out the quarterback’s tell presnap. Brenham went on to win, 34-10.

■ He also played tight end in high school.

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■ His high school coach, Glen West, said Brown is a “tremendous athlete.”

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

■ His hometown (population is about 16,000) is best known for being home to the corporate headquarters of Blue Bell Ice Cream and main campus of Blinn College.

■ Brown is the second first-round pick from Brenham. Wilson Whitley, who played for the Bengals from 1977-82, was the eighth overall pick in the 1977 draft after playing at Houston.

■ Brown also lettered in basketball and track and field in high school.

■ He was rated as the second-best defensive tackle out of high school by ESPNU.

■ He chose to sign with Texas over Texas A&M despite College Station being closer to Brenham (about 38 miles) than Austin (about 90 miles). Brown said the Longhorns felt like family.

Days as a Longhorn

■ He played in all 39 games through three seasons, starting in his final 26, and wore No. 90.

Brown's stats at Texas.
Season Tackles TFL Sacks QBH PBU FF FR
2012 25 2 0 0 0 0 0
2013 68 12 2 6 5 0 1
2014 72 15 6.5 8 1 2 1
Total 165 29 8.5 14 6 2 2
Source: texassports.com

■ He was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski and Outland trophies in 2014. He was also a consensus first team All-American.

■ Last season, he was the first Texas defensive tackle to lead the Longhorns in tackles for loss and sacks since Tony Degrate in 1984.

■ Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford called him the best player in the Big 12 last season.

■ Brown’s best career game at Texas came against BYU, despite it being a 41-7 Longhorns’ loss. He recorded 10 tackles, four for loss, 2.5 sacks, and forced a fumble.

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Highlights vs. BYU:

■ He is known for his quickness for an interior defensive lineman and his ability to get off blocks to bring down ballcarriers and disrupt pockets.

■ Brown can line up anywhere on the field.

“I already know how to play the positions,” he said. “I played end, stand-up end — all that last year. I played nose (tackle) the previous two years, freshman and sophomore years. I can do it all.”

Watch his Texas career highlights:


Rachel G. Bowers can be reached at rachel.bowers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter@RachelGBowers.