Has improved his overall pad level off the line and does a much better job cleanly getting into his route than earlier in his football career. Displays good balance and shiftiness off the line and can cleanly slip the bump and release down the field. Possesses average strider speed down the field, can get behind linebackers in man coverage and at least threaten the seam, but doesn't have a great second gear. Showcases some shiftiness as a route runner, does a nice job selling his head/shoulder fake and accelerating quickly up the field. More of a vertical route runner who does a nice job gaining a step and using his big frame to box out defenders and go get the football. Generates above average explosion out of his breaks and routinely can gain a step in tight quarters. Displays a strong set of hands, is fearless when asked to go up and get the football and plucks the ball well off his frame.
Impression: Possesses a good bit of upside and has the ability to go up and get the football is there. Is a fluid and savvy route runner as well and with some time he should be able to mature into a solid NFL pass catcher."
Positives: Long, lean muscular frame with prototypical upper- and lower-body shape and proportion. A versatile athlete who has played both wide receiver and tight end at USC. Displays quick, light feet and nice agility to shake defenders and create separation coming out of his breaks. Can stretch the field with good straight-line speed and second gear. A former USC basketball player, Cameron possesses great leaping ability, body control and timing to catch the ball at its highest point. Extends his arms to catch balls thrown outside his frame, and is a natural, soft-handed pass catcher. Turns upfield quickly after the catch and shows good acceleration to pull away from defenders. Could add 15-20 pounds of bulk without sacrificing speed or agility. Aggressive, fearless competitor who isn't afraid of contact. Still developing as a tight end after making the switch from receiver just before the 2010 season.
Negatives: Limited time on the field and late position switch has made it difficult to gauge development. Didn't catch a single pass until his senior season. May need to add some bulk in order to be an effective run blocker and get a consistent release against NFL linemen and linebackers. Inconsistent route-runner who tends to round off his patterns. Iffy run blocker who comes off the line too upright and struggles to seal off his edge."
Positive: Athletic tight end prospect who is just hitting his stride on the football field. Fluid releasing off the line, displays good movement skills and makes a lot of athletic plays on the field. Gets vertical in a crowd and extends then looks the ball into his hands. Takes the big hit but holds onto the ball. Breaks down well, blocks with leverage, and gives effort. Extends to make catches away from his frame.
Negative: Average strength at the point of attack. Does not show an immediate burst. Has a small body of work at the tight end position.
Analysis: After a nondescript college career, Cameron displayed a lot of skill during the week of practices at the Shrine Game and turned in a terrific combine workout. He offers a great amount of potential and could develop into a starting tight end as he learns the position and improves his game."
Negatives: Lacks ideal awareness in zone coverage... Does not have a whole lot of blocking experience... Below average in-line blocker... Gets too upright... Lacks ideal bulk... Doesn't generate much power... Allows defenders to make first contact and will lose battles for leverage... Inconsistent technique... Limited football experience, saw very limited action in just 11 games prior to the 2010 season... Did not catch a pass until he senior year... Doesn't get thrown to enough... Still raw, a big time boom or bust type prospect."
2009: Cameron was a reserve wide receiver as a junior in 2009. He appeared in 5 games (San Jose State, Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford, Arizona), but did not catch a pass.
2008: Cameron, who transferred to USC as a sophomore in the fall of 2008 from a junior college, was a reserve wide receiver in 2008. He also worked some at tight end. He saw brief action in 6 games (Virginia, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington, California and Notre Dame) in 2008, but did not make a catch. He missed the Washington State game because he was sick.
BASKETBALL: After the 2008 football season, he joined the Trojan basketball team. He played briefly in 3 games, but did not score.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: He was a 2007All-Western State Conference Pacific Division honorable mention pick as a freshman tight end at Ventura (Calif.) Junior College. He caught 22 passes for 348 yards (15.8 avg.) with 5 TDs in 2007 as Ventura went 8-3, captured the WSC Pacific Division title and won the Southern California Bowl.
BYU: He redshirted the 2006-07 season at BYU as a first-year freshman forward on the men's basketball team (he did not play football there in 2006).
HIGH SCHOOL: He made the 2005 Prep Star All-West, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team and All-Marmonte League first team as a senior wide receiver at Newbury Park (Calif.) High. He caught 73 passes for 1,022 yards (14.0 avg.) with 12 TDs in 2005.
As a junior in 2004, he made All-Marmonte League first team.
He also starred in basketball at Newbury Park, where he averaged 21.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.0 steals and 0.8 blocks as a 2006 senior. He was the 2006 Ventura County Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year and was named All-Ventura County Star first team, All-CIF Division III first team and All-Marmonte League first team.
As a junior in 2005, he averaged 18.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.9 blocks while earning All-Ventura County second team, All-North Los Angeles Region first team and All-Marmonte League first team honors.
He also played volleyball at Newbury Park.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. His sister, Brynn, was a guard on the USC women's basketball team (2005-09). His grandfather, Jack Cravens, played basketball and baseball at BYU (1957-59).
Strengths: Former college basketball player with good athletic ability. Has the ability to go up for the rebound and come down with it. Can create some separation in his routes with his quickness. Good hands, and he can make tough catches outside his body frame.
Weaknesses: Limited football experience. Has played very few games, and in reality, few snaps overall. Lacks strength to be effective as a blocker in the running game at the LOS. Not going to make guys miss in the open field or get much in yards after the catch.
Projection: UDFA. Cameron's an intriguing prospect because of his size and basketball background. He might be a prospect that could develop on a team's practice squad."
Like many players who crush it at The Combine, Jordan Cameron is getting a lot of hype as his Stock soars.
Unlike most of them, I believe, the hype is justified.
Jordan Cameron is a very recent Basket Ball Conversion ~ yes, another one!! ~ who didn't catch a single pass until this very season. So he is obviously a bit on the raw side.
Even so, he commands an intoxicating blend of excellent Launch Speed off the Line, astonishing Fluidity, amazing Instincts and Processing Speed for his experience level, and Speed.
He's not an accomplished Blocker, as yet, but he is rapidly improving in that aspect of the game, as in all aspects.
He's flown up from 7th Rounder to 3rd, so he certainly can't be characterized as a Sleeper, at this point, but, as is sometimes the case with Rapid Risers ~ and despite the fact that he's still exceptionally raw ~ Jordan Cameron is a dangerous, dangerous Weapon, and still comprises a damned good bargain as a 3rd Rounder.
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