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New York Giants 2022 Training Camp Roster Preview: ILB Micah McFadden

Can rookie fifth-round draft pick Micah McFadden surprise people by winning a starting role in the defense this year?

With the 146th pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the New York Giants may have selected a starting-caliber linebacker to plug in next to Blake Martinez or even fill his role once he is gone: Micah McFadden.

Coming out of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, McFadden quickly began to make a name for himself. As a senior, McFadden was named Florida player of the year after racking up 211 tackles with 39 for a loss. The three-star recruit graduated and decided to commit to Indiana University.

McFadden entered the draft after a stellar four-year career for the Hoosiers. A three-year starter at MIKE backer, he earned All-American honors in his last two seasons with IU. McFadden’s 2021 season specifically was one to remember.

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The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker had a career year, recording 77 tackles, 15.5 for loss with 6.5 sacks, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles in 12 starts.

Now, McFadden finds himself in New York, where he will have to compete at the highest level and impress the coaching staff if he wants to see the field. With some roster spots at inside linebacker up for grabs, could McFadden make his impact on the team as early as this season?  

Jul 23, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers linebacker Micah McFadden speaks to the media during Big 10 media days at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Nov 13, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Aaron Young (4) misses a pass in front of Indiana Hoosiers linebacker Micah McFadden (47) during the second half at Memorial Stadium. The Scarlet Knights won 38-3.
Sep 18, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers linebacker Micah McFadden (47) recovers a fumble during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Memorial Stadium.

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