It's always going to be challenging to evaluate a defensive lineman in a non-pads organized team activity setting. So at this point, one of the main things we look for is how a team's first-round pick handles the media scrutiny of coming to a high-profile team and market like New England.
Brown, the 32nd overall pick in the draft out of Texas, handled everything thrown at him with ease during Wednesday's traditional photo shoot with owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft. He was poised and the moment didn't seem too big for him.
Then in a follow-up interview on the team's website, Brown came across as humble and mature, talking about how his wife and children serve as a motivation for him because he doesn't want to let them down.
"The game is way faster on every level you go up. You have to be coachable and adapt to your surroundings and what's going on," Brown said on Patriots.com. "You can't just stay in the college aspect of things, or you're going to be a step behind with everything."
Brown admitted it was overwhelming the first day in which he saw the playbook in rookie minicamp, but since that point, he's grown more comfortable with it through extra study. He stressed how a college player might be able to get away with not putting in the work, but that won't fly in the NFL.
We'll get our first on-field look at the 6-foot-2, 320-pound Brown during Friday's media access to the team's organized team activity. What we expect to see is a player who moves well for his size and holds his own from a mental standpoint.
That's how scouts and media analysts described Brown, and to this early point, he's come as advertised.