By Spiro Kasabian @nyspawtsguy_spi
With the 183rd pick of the NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Linebacker Cameron Brown out of Penn State University. A common theme with some of these picks is the familiarity that coaches on the staff have with the player. Defensive Line Coach, Sean Spencer, coached Brown for several years for the Nittany Lions.
By the Numbers:
Cam Brown, at 6’5” and 233 Lbs, has all the measurables to be a good NFL Linebacker, in sub-packages at the very least. He has incredible length with his 34” arms that could cause problems as both a pass rusher and in coverage. He clocked in at 4.72 for a 40-time, which is good for a linebacker. He will need to add bulk to his frame if he wants to be a viable NFL player.
As with most later selections, Brown is raw and will need to make significant development to make the next step to starting on Sunday’s for Big Blue. He is versatile, and that’s what Joe Judge and Patrick Graham covet. Graham is going to need everyone to be involved in the pass rush, and Brown provides good blitzing ability.
Putting him in a 3-4 scheme (as opposed to an off-ball LB in a 4-3 scheme) might be a good switch for this young man. Brown can rush the passer, play adequately in coverage, and plays the run. Brown was lacking in instincts and sometimes takes himself out of the play by being too aggressive.
Keeping up with the trend, Brown was also a captain for the Nittany Lions. The Giants’ front office is again putting a high mark on character for all their selections. It will be up to Graham to get the best out of Brown and, my guess is he will start on Special Teams and then work himself into some snaps by seasons end. The Giants invested heavily in the Linebacker position this offseason. Brown will have to fight to make this team and prove his worth.