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NFL Draft results: Giants pick Penn State LB Cameron Brown in Round 6

Brown was a core piece of Penn State’s defense the last four years

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The New York Giants have selected Cameron Brown in Round 6 of the 2020 NFL Draft, 183rd overall.

The Black Shoe Diaries, SB Nation’s premier site for Penn State coverage, had the following to say about Brown:

“Overall, Brown is a really intriguing prospect and there’s a ton to love about his potential at the next level. He really does have a full skill set and has what it takes to have a long NFL career, however, he will have to fix his issues especially in becoming a more consistent tackler. At times it felt that he didn’t try to tackle people but instead just hit people and hope they went down. It didn’t work too well at the college level and it definitely won’t work as well at the next level.

He has the height you desire at linebacker/hybrid edge rusher at 6-foot-5. However, he is on the slimmer side, weighing just 233-pounds at the NFL combine. He has a great motor and finds his way to the ball constantly when on the field but also needs to learn to when to slow down and get back to the basics. He’s an exciting player to watch and can have real big play potential if he eventually puts it all together.”

In the 2020 NFL Draft Guide, Dane Brugler of The Athletic said:

A two-year starter at Penn State, Brown lined up at the Sam linebacker position in defensive coordinator Brent Pry’s 4-3 base scheme, playing an overhang role. He set a career-high in tackles (72) as a senior and developed into the type of leader who will start by getting in the face of a teammate, but finish with a hug. In several ways, Brown is built for the modern-day game with his length, speed and open-field burst to cover the entire field. However, he attacks before diagnosing and is late to trigger, making him consistently a step behind the action. Overall, Brown is a long, athletic see-ball, get-ball type of defender, who doesn’t show the instincts to play significant defensive snaps in the NFL, but his play speed gives him a chance to carve out a role on special teams.

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Giants draft picks

Round 1 (No. 4) — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Round 2 (No. 36) — Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Round 3 (No. 99) — Matt Peart, OT, UConn
Round 4 (No. 110) — Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
Round 5 (No. 150) — Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon
Round 6 (No. 183) — Cameron Brown, LB, Penn State
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