2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Cameron Jordan, DE, California

by Cory J. Bonini on April 12, 2011 @ 16:00:33 PDT

 


California defensive end Cameron Jordan heads to the 2011 NFL Draft after three straight productive seasons. The senior prospect racked up a career-high 51 tackles last year and tied a personal best with 6.0 sacks.

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-4, 287 pounds)
  • Powerful, stout against the run
  • Ideal fit in a 3-4 alignment and has experience in the system
  • Understands how to use leverage 
  • Cameron Jordan, draft prospect
    Solid first-rounder
    Solid wrap-up tackler with closing burst to wallop ball carrier
  • High effort and motor
  • NFL bloodlines (father, Steve Jordan, was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end)
  • Emerging leader
  • Sheds blocks well

Weaknesses

  • Lacks elite speed, agility and edge-rushing ability
  • Inconsistent burst off the line
  • Needs to improve his awareness when attempting to block passing lanes
  • Arrested in 2008 on suspicion of DUI and was suspended for the opener

Expected draft placement

Jordan is a blue-collar player with limited upside. He probably won't "wow" anyone in the NFL, but he should be a very stable player for many years. 

Considering the premium placed on 3-4 players, Jordan figures to draw attention from the Dallas Cowboys (No. 9), Washington Redskins (No. 10), Houston Texans (No. 11), Miami Dolphins (No. 15), New England Patriots (No. 17, No. 28), San Diego Chargers (No. 18) and New York Jets (No. 30). That's quite the span for a first-rounder, but Jordan's placement will largely be dictated based on team needs.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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