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Giants draft Indiana LB Micah McFadden with 146th pick


With the 146th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Indiana linebacker Micah McFadden.

Here is everything you need to know about the new member of Big Blue:


Height: 6-1

Weight: 240 lbs.

2021: 2nd-Team All-Big Ten

2020: 3rd-Team AP All-American

2020: 1st-Team All-Big Ten

3-time team leader in tackles, TFL (2019-21)

McFadden finished his career with 216 tackles, 149 solo, 14 sacks (94 yards), 37 for loss (169 yards), four interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and four pass breakups. His 37 TFLs share sixth in program history.


  • Two years as team captain.
  • Densely muscled with a neck the size of a quad.
  • Trusts his eyes and takes in as many clues as possible.
  • Instinctive reading misdirection and screens.
  • Reads block development like a running back.
  • Triggers into the soft spots of the defense for TFLs.
  • Peripheral vision helps him maneuver through traffic.
  • Drives chest through runner's hips and wraps to finish.
  • Core special-teams experience.

2021 Honors: Team captain ... Phil Steele first-team All-Big Ten ... second-team All-Big Ten (coaches, media) ... The Athletic Midseason All-American ... Rivals Midseason All-American ... Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List ... Butkus Award Watch List ... Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List ... Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List ... honored as Indiana's Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player.

2021 Senior: Paced the team with 77 tackles, 49 solos, 6.5 sacks (54 yards), 15.5 for loss (100 yards), two forced fumbles, and five quarterback hurries ... ranked first among linebackers and fifth overall in the Big Ten in TFLs ... added one fumble recovery and three pass breakups in 12 starts at middle linebacker ... graded as the highest pass-rushing linebacker in the Big Ten by Pro Football Focus ... recorded at least one stop for loss in 14-straight games from Nov. 14, 2020 to Nov. 6, 2021 ... led the Hoosiers in tackles five times ... collected five multi-TFL games ... added one sack, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one quarterback hurry in the Idaho win (9/11) ... against No. 8 Cincinnati (9/18), he had a stop for loss, forced fumble, and the first recovery of his career on the same play ... posted a career-high 12 tackles, eight solo, one sack, and one PBU in the victory at Western Kentucky (9/25) ... corralled eight stops, 1.5 for loss, with a career-high-tying three QBHs at No. 4 Penn State (10/2) ... racked up nine tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 for loss, and one breakup against No. 10 Michigan State (10/16) ... matched a career-best with three TFLs to go along with one sack and six stops against No. 5 Ohio State (10/23) ... credited with eight tackles, one sack, and two for loss at Maryland (10/30) ... logged one sack and one hurry at No. 9 Michigan (11/6) ... two-time IU defensive player of the week (Idaho, Western Kentucky).

2020 Honors: Team captain ... second-team All-American (Phil Steele) ... third-team All-American (Associated Press) ... first-team All-Big Ten (coaches, media) ... Walter Camp National Player of the Week (Wisconsin) ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Wisconsin) ... honored as Indiana's Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player.

2020 (Junior): Led the team with 58 tackles, 44 solos, six sacks (31 yards), and 10.5 for loss (39 yards) ... shared second with three quarterback hurries and finished fourth with two interceptions ... topped the Big Ten in sacks, tied for second in solo stops, shared third in TFLs, and tied for eighth in INTs ... first Hoosier to lead the B1G in sacks since Greg Middleton (2007) ... paced the team in tackles four times (3 with game-high honors) ... recorded two games with double-digit stops ... delivered two multi-sack games, the first two of his career ... added two multi-TFL games ... started seven times and played in all eight games in the middle ... finished with a game-high 11 tackles, all solos (career-best), with one for loss in the season-opening win over No. 8 Penn State (10/24) ... posted a team-best nine stops and added career-highs with two sacks and three tackles for loss in the victory at Michigan State (11/14) ... made a game-high 10 stops, all solos, with one for loss at No. 3 Ohio State ... collected a game-high nine tackles with a pair of sacks in the win at No. 16 Wisconsin (12/5) ... closed out the year with six stops, one sack, and two TFLs in the Outback Bowl vs. Ole Miss (1/2) ... picked off a pass and recorded a QBH in the victory at Rutgers (10/31) and the Maryland win (11/28) ... three-time IU defensive player of the week (Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin).

2019 Honors: Honorable-mention All-Big Ten (coaches) ... IU's Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

2019 (Sophomore): Topped the team with 61 tackles, 42 solos, 10 for loss, and two interceptions (tied) ... posted 1.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries (3rd on the team), and one pass breakup ... started 12 times and played in all 13 games in the middle ... led the team in stops four times ... registered a TFL in nine games ... tallied six tackles, one for loss, in the season-opening win vs. Ball State (8/31) ... made two stops for loss with five tackles at No. 25 Michigan State (9/28) ... delivered 1.5 TFLs in the Rutgers victory (10/12) ... credited with 11 stops with 10 solos in the win at Nebraska (10/26) ... recorded one sack, 1.5 for loss, and a career-high three QBHs at No. 9 Penn State (11/16) ... picked off his first career pass and added six solo tackles, one for loss, against No. 13 Michigan (11/23) ... collected one INT, one stop for loss, and five tackles in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl vs. Tennessee (1/2) ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2018 (Freshman): Played in all 12 games ... made 20 tackles, 14 solo, with one for loss, one forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries ... forced the fumble, recorded the TFL, and added four solos in the Virginia win (9/8).

Prep/Personal: Linebacker for head coach Robert Weiner at Plant High School ... 2017 FACA Player of the Year and first-team All-Western Conference selection ... posted 211 tackles (program record), 124 solo, 39 for loss, seven sacks, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... rushed for four touchdowns ... owns the school single-game tackles record (23) ... Plant reached the 2016 7A state championship game and reached the semis in 2017... earned first-team all-state, all-county, and all-conference honors his junior campaign ... collected 116 stops, 60 solo, 45 for loss, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, and four pass breakups ... ranked the No. 93 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN ... three-year football letterwinner ... parents are Deborah and Douglas McFadden ... SPEA management major ... born on Jan. 3, 2000.

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