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While the Broncos have been linked to a number of prospects on the defensive line, Malcom Brown is a name that hasn't been tossed around much.
Brown is a strong, versatile prospect who would be a great fit in Denver's 3-4 scheme. Brown could be Denver's nose tackle in its one-gap scheme, which would benefit more from a player like the 319-pound Brown than a more massive player, like Terrance Knighton, in their one-gap scheme.
The athleticism Brown possesses would make him a great fit on a needy defensive line. Denver has quality depth, but four of their top six defensive linemen (Antonio Smith, Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson and Marvin Austin) are impending free agents.
Also, only Jackson, a part-time player, and Smith, who is 33 years old, have consistently performed well. Denver lacks a star presence, but Brown could be that player.
Most expect Denver to add an offensive lineman, but unless a star like Andrus Peat or La'el Collins falls into its lap, Denver might ignore the right tackle position and give the job to zone-blocking scheme fit Michael Schofield. They need more long-term fits on the defensive line.
If the Broncos truly do have confidence in Schofield, the defensive line would become the biggest priority. In that case, Brown, who, as NFL draft analyst Jayson Braddock said, could slide, would be a great choice.