Did the New York Giants land a gem in linebacker Cam Brown out of Penn State?

New York Giants, Cam Brown

Taking a look at New York Giants draft pick Cam Brown and what he brings to the team:

The New York Giants took a very specific approach toward their late-round draft picks. In the sixth round, they managed to secure Penn State linebacker Cam Brown, who is known to be the team leader.

Head coach Joe Judge made it a priority to focus on bringing in high character players with high athletic upside. In 2019, brown started 12 games for the Nittany Lions, logging 72 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, four passes offended, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

His time as a captain for Penn State gave him essential experience and knowledge in leading a team and a group of men. Ultimately, these high character players will benefit the culture in the Giants’ organization and help in the locker room significantly.

What does Brown bring to the Giants?

Aside from his mental attributes, he is an extremely aggressive and athletic off-ball linebacker. He will likely transition to the inside from an outside perspective in college. He’s not big enough to stand up against offensive tackles at the NFL level, but his tenacity and strength as an off-ball player can be utilized.

Of course, there are weaknesses and deficiencies with a player coming out of the sixth-round. He frequently overshoots tackles and is slow to diagnose plays, but his athleticism makes him in a high upside player with the potential to develop.

If he can refine his athletic abilities around his mental mistakes, the Giants may have gotten a steal and the sixth-round. At 6-foot-5 and 233 pounds, there’s no question he could add a bit more muscle mass to his height, making him a solid depth linebacker for the time being. I fully expect him to make the team and compete with Ryan Connelly to a degree (eventually).