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2015 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers add to defensive line with Malcom Brown from Texas

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With aging and departing players on their defensive front, the 49ers get an infusion of new blood.

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The San Francisco 49ers have arguably gone through more turmoil this offseason than any other NFL team. First was the Jim Harbaugh debacle that ended up in the head coach leaving for Michigan and being replaced by Jim Tomsula. Then, inside linebacker Patrick Willis retired for religious reasons. Then star rookie linebacker Chris Borland retired as well, citing concerns about long-term head injuries. Plus, long-time defensive lineman Justin Smith is pulling a Brett Favre and hasn't given the Niners' front office a firm answer on whether or not he is retiring.

All told, it's a bit of a mess in Santa Clara, and what the 49ers do in the draft is anyone's guess. However, our Josh VanDyke got the unenviable task of channeling GM Trent Baalke, and made the pick for the 49ers at #15 overall in our APC Mock NFL Draft. With that pick, the 49ers select...

Malcom Brown, defensive tackle, Texas

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 319 pounds
Combine bench press: 26 reps

Here's Josh with the pick:

The 49ers have had a rough offseason and the loss of Justin Smith might be the biggest blow. Brown would be the best available option for them at this spot in the draft as Brown has the potential to be an instant starter at the next level.

His quickness off the ball and athleticism made him very disruptive as a pass rusher for the Texas Longhorns in 2014 as he led the team in both sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (13). Brown has flashes of elite-level power and hand quickness at the point of attack, but sometimes lacks effort in finishing out plays when his initial pass rush moves fail. His natural instincts, athleticism, and ability to play in either 4-3 or 3-4 defenses make him a very valuable commodity to just about any team.

Pick Team Player Position School
1 TB Jameis Winston QB Florida State
2 TEN Leonard Williams DT USC
3 JAX Amari Cooper WR Alabama
4 OAK Randy Gregory OLB/DE Nebraska
5 WAS Dante Fowler, Jr. OLB Florida
6 NYJ Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
7 CHI Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
8 ATL Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
9 NYG Kevin White WR West Virginia
10 STL La'el Collins OT LSU
11 MIN DeVante Parker WR Louisville
12 CLE Danny Shelton DT Washington
13 NO Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
14 MIA Marcus Peters CB Washington
15 SF Malcom Brown DT Texas
16 HOU