#6 Cam Brown
High School: Bullis School (Burtonsville, MD)
Accolades: 2016 All-Big Ten Freshman. 2019 3rd Team All-Big Ten.
Scouting Report: LB Cam Brown, Penn State
Speed/Athleticism: There is a lot there to like, and some stuff that Cam Brown needs to work on. He’s pretty athletic, even though the combine didn’t show that the way he was hoping. Explosive and twitchy, Brown can change direction quickly. His hip movement is tremendous. There’s something awkward about the way that he moves his lower half that restricts his athleticism. 17/20.
Strength/Power: While Brown isn’t incredibly strong in his upper body, he has power in his lower half. He uses that as a drive to work himself into the play. His upper body shows flashes of strength, but poor technique limits his effectiveness. 10/15.
Technique and Mechanics
Tackling/Pursuit: Brown takes extremely poor pursuit angles, doesn’t wrap up tackles, and seems to avoid contact as much as possible. It’s unreal to watch. I’m still trying to comprehend the tape that I just watched. Missed 29 tackles (17.9%) in the last two seasons. Honestly, I’m surprised that number isn’t higher. I abhor his tackling ability (or lack thereof). 6/20.
Coverage Ability: Cam Brown shows a tremendous amount of potential in coverage, he’s just raw and needs a lot of work. He has the size and the athleticism to remove tight ends from the game, he just needs to be taught the tools. This is something that he can still work on daily in practice. He spent a lot of time in the slot shutting down receivers. Penn State moved him all over the field as a Utility Defender. 16/20.
Pass Rush Ability: Brown has some potential as a pass rusher. Because of his power and length, he can work around tackles and pressure the quarterback. He needs to add more meat to his frame. Brown lacks the technical talent to be a truly effective edge guy right now, but it’s something that can be developed. 5/10.
Football IQ/Instincts: I’m not sure about his football IQ, but his instincts are bad. Doesn’t move into the play, oftentimes moves away from the ball. He looks lost sometimes. Reads screens well, and did well at times to attack those. 5/10.
Leadership/Personality: Coaches and teammates cannot say enough about Brown, who impressed them with his hard work, dedication, and leadership to the team. You can’t find anyone who will say anything negative about him and his character. 5/5.
Cam Brown is a very raw player with the ceiling to be an impact starter in the NFL, but he has a long way to go. He might have to fight through a few practice squads to get himself into the right position. That being said, Brown can be a utility defender at the next level. He shows the versatility to do it, and certainly has the drive. He would be best in a system that would allow him to develop for a couple of years to fine-tune a few things, and then fill him into the role he’s best suited for. He’s a day three project at best.
Injury Rating: (+3)
Ceiling Rating: (4)