FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots keep using the draft to build a formidable young defensive line.
The defending Super Bowl champions drafted Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown with the 32nd and final pick of the first round Thursday night, hoping they’ve found a replacement for five-time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork.
They used their first-round pick on a defensive lineman for the third time in four years, following Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones in 2012 and Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley last year.
And just like he did with those two, coach Bill Belichick is reserving judgment on what Brown can contribute.
« He’s got a long way to go, like every rookie does coming in, » Belichick said. « It’s a lot different in this league. »
Brown agreed, saying he doesn’t assume he has a job locked up.
« I’m just relentless, » he said. « I…
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