Malcom Brown to enter NFL Draft

Evan Berkowitz

Texas junior defensive tackle Malcom Brown announced Thursday that he has opted to forgo his senior year and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

“Coach [Chris] Rumph talked to me right after the [Texas Bowl], and I talked to my wife about it,” Brown said. “Then I saw Coach [Charlie] Strong yesterday, and we had a good talk about it. I decided to enter the 2015 Draft, and that’s what everyone thinks is best.

Brown, a consensus first-team All-American and finalist for the Nagurski and Outland trophies in 2014, which honor the nation’s top defensive player and interior lineman, respectively, is expected to be a late first-round selection.

“It wasn’t an easy decision because a lot went into it,” Brown said. “My wife has school; I have school and moving the kids around. I got everyone’s input on it, but, at the end of the day, it’s my decision, and that’s what I came to.”

In claiming first-team honors from the Football Writers Association of American, the Associated Press and Sporting News , Brown joined Rodrique Wright (2005), Casey Hampton (2000), Tony Degrate (1984), Kenneth Sims (1980-1981), and Brand Shearer (1977) as the only defensive tackles to be consensus selections.

“I’m going to miss everyone here — that’s the hardest part about leaving,” said Brown, who is also the team leader in tackles for loss (15), forced fumbles (2) and sacks (6.5).