Penn State linebacker Cam Brown is the latest member of Linebacker U to join the professional ranks. He was selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.
A four-year contributor and two-year starter, Brown registered 199 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks, 11 passes defended, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in his career. His 72 tackles last season were good for third-most on the team.
At 6'5, 233 lbs., Brown is one of the bigger linebackers in the draft, with his height and speed allowing him to cover a lot of ground. He will be a bit of a project at the next level as he never fully learned how to use his body during his time in State College. He should be able to make an instant impact on special teams as he develops as a linebacker.
The Maryland native is the first Penn State linebacker drafted under James Franklin, with the last Nittany Lion at the position to be drafted was Michael Mauti in 2013.
Brown will join three former Nittany Lions in New York, including former teammates Saquon Barkley and Grant Haley. Austin Johnson also joined the Giants this spring as a free agent, as did former Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer.