Cameron Jordan   DE/DT   California

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


 

STRENGTHS

Cameron has excellent size, strength and athleticism to be an impact defensive lineman for the team that drafts him.  He is very strong and explodes off the line of scrimmage into his opponent.  He explodes with such power that you see offensive linemen falling back with flailing arms trying to gain some sort of balance before Cameron strikes again, stunning them like a deer in headlights.  He uses his hands very well and shows a great burst to the ball.  Cameron is extremely underrated at this point in this draft.  He has mature techniques and a great deal of experience based on the amount of playing time for his college team.  Cameron plays mostly as a Defensive End in a 2 gap, 3-4 defense because he is a good run stuffer, but when they move him inside over a guard in pass rush situations...the beast is unleashed.  He shows excellent explosion and quickness to go along with his natural strength.  This kid never stops working out on the field; he will trail plays and make tackles from behind way down the field when others are looking for the gatorade and cheerleaders. This might not be politically correct, but I'm calling him Cameron (Stun Gun) Jordan -- when he explodes off the line, the offensive linemen flail around like they just got hit with a stun gun.

 

CONCERNS

Cameron plays in the Pac 10 and the scouts seem to look down on that conference unless you play for USC.  I don't know why, but they do. This is changing, but too slowly for my taste.  Cameron does need to improve his ability to shed his block faster when playing against the run.  Right now, he holds his man up at the line too long and does not disengage.  It might be the way he is told to do it so that others can make a play, but, in my opinion, Cameron should be making the play himself.  This is not a problem because Cameron has the work ethic and athleticism to improve in this area. 

   

BOTTOM LINE

Cameron is a quality, mature defensive lineman who can play multiple positions on the defensive line in a 4-3 or 3-4. He can also play in a 1-gap or 2-gap system.  He has excellent strength and size and uses mature techniques when rushing the passer.  Now, you tell me with that information, where would you draft Cameron?  You mean to tell me that playing in the PAC 10 means that, even if he has this kind of talent, Cameron should be rated lower than a defensive tackle who plays in the SEC and is a one trick pony?  Seriously!  Not for me.  I may be wrong, but the information in front of me tells me drafting a boom or bust player who plays in the SEC over a quality proven player who plays in the Pac 10 is a no brainer.  Cameron (Stun Gun) Jordan is his name and I'm stunned why others have not seen what I have seen on film.  Maybe because they don't watch film.

 

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