3. Leadership and Mean-Streak:
Cam Brown was the alpha for Penn State’s defense. He also delivers hits with bad intentions. The rangy linebacker has excellent burst when he is in attack mode and runs through his target with everything he has. He seems to relish in this physical aspect of the game and that should make him a NY Giants fan favorite in East Rutherford.
One of the knocks on Cam Brown is that he needs to learn how to play under control. He has had issues with missed tackles because he always tries to deliver a big hit. That could be an issue for the All-Big 10 linebacker in the NFL, but it is part of what makes him special.
Brown is always trying to make the big play, and he often did at Penn State. In 2018, he tallied three forced fumbles. His team rallied behind Brown and his big hits, and he was voted as a captain in 2019.
The former four-star recruit from the state of Maryland is far from a finished product. He needs to add NFL mass and strength to his skinny frame. He struggled at times getting off blocks from bigger offensive lineman.
Sean Spencer, who coached Brown at Penn State and is now the NY Giants’ defensive line coach, can continue to help him develop. “Coach Chaos” knows all of his strengths and weaknesses, and that continuity should help Brown get acclimated to the NFL.
For the Giants, Brown can contribute right away on special teams. He can also get on the field in certain defensive packages. His length and athleticism will be welcome on third downs and he has the ability to stay with the “little guys.”
Who is one of the “little guys” that Brown looks forward to playing the most? Brown has been looking forward to facing Miles Sanders, his old Nittany Lion teammate.
“Miles Sanders is definitely No. 1 for me right now. I got to get him back. We’ve been going at it since the Big 33 Football Classic. He always cracks jokes that he got the best of me then, so I’m going have to get him back when I get to the league.”
Giants fans should love hearing that. There are a lot of things to like about Dave Gettleman’s sixth-round pick. I could easily see him quickly becoming a fan favorite in New York.