With each mock draft I make, the more skeptical I become of whether or not Brown will go in the first round.
He dazzled scouts at the combine, which comes as no surprise. However, as good of an athlete Brown is, he lacks the ideal toughness scouts look for in a linebacker. He is not going to run through blocks and impose his will. He also whiffs on a lot of tackles.
Either way, adding a player like Brown makes a lot of sense for the Giants. First, it gives the Giants more depth at a position that faced a lot of injuries in 2011, and will also give them another player with a lot of athleticism, which they lack outside of Michael Boley.
Second, should Osi Umenyiora leave via free agency, the Giants will be able to move Mathias Kiwanuka back to his natural spot at defensive end and move Zach Brown into the lineup. Kiwanuka was forced to move to linebacker a few seasons ago, due to the lack of athleticism the Giants had at outside linebacker and the glut of talent they had at defensive end.