Former Indiana linebacker Micah McFadden extended the program’s NFL Draft streak when he was selected in the fifth round by the New York Giants on Saturday afternoon.
McFadden was the 146th overall player taken in the 2022 Draft, going earlier on the third day than many had expected.
The Tampa, Fla. product finished his IU 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. He decided to forego his final year of college eligibility to enter the draft.
The 6-foot-1 and 240-pound McFadden has come a long way since Tom Allen recruited him out of Plant High School. According to the 247Sports Composite, he was the 1,986 ranked player in the 2018 class, the No. 139 outside linebacker, and the No. 316 player just in the state of Florida. He was the lowest rated scholarship player in Indiana’s 2018 class.
IU was McFadden’s first Power Five offer. Allen discovered him while watching his son Thomas play for Plant.
“I was definitely blessed to have the opportunity to play with coach Allen’s son, and Coach Allen got to see me play while I was in high school so that was a big reason why I got this (Indiana) offer and why I came here,” McFadden told The Daily Hoosier prior to the 2021 season.
McFadden is the first Hoosier taken by the Giants since offensive tackle James Brewer in 2011 and the 11th overall selected by New York.
Indiana has had a player taken in the NFL Draft every year going back to 2014, the program’s longest streak since 1983-98. The Hoosiers have had 13 players drafted since 2014 and at least one selected in each of the last nine years.
The pick is in!
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) April 30, 2022
Excited to get to work 🙌
— New York Giants (@Giants) April 30, 2022
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