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Browns No. 4 pick scouting report: TE: Jordan Cameron, USC

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Posted April 30, 2011 @ 2:35 p.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

With their first pick in Round Four, the Browns added USC TE Jordan Cameron, a former basketball player at BYU who transitioned to football and played three seasons at Southern Cal. The 6-5¼, 254-pound Cameron has intriguing athletic ability — a video of him dunking, with Clippers star Blake Griffin making a memorable guest appearance endorsing Cameron's football ability, is an Internet hit. Cameron figures as the Browns' No. 3 tight end behind Benjamin Watson and Evan Moore in his first season in Cleveland,

Here is personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki's scouting report on Cameron in PFW's 2011 Draft Preview book:

Notes: High school receiver caught 73 passes as a senior in addition to starring on the hardwood and playing volleyball as a California prep. Began his collegiate career as a basketball player at Brigham Young, where he redshirted in 2006. Wanting to play football, transferred to Ventura (Calif.) College and caught 22 balls for 348 yards (15.8-yard average) and five touchdowns in '07. Joined the Trojans in '08 (wore jersey No. 23) and saw limited action in six games as a reserve receiver/tight end. Did not play against Washington State (illness). Also appeared in three games for the USC basketball team. Played five games in '09 without catching a pass. Appeared in 12 games in '10, grabbing 16-126-1 (7.9). Missed the California game after spraining his knee against Stanford.

Positives: Has a frame to bulk up, has shown he can add weight in a short time and easily can hold 260 pounds. Athletic and explosive in his movement. Outstanding speed to threaten down the field. Has a 37½-inch vertical jump and can go up to take the ball away in a crowd and make difficult, circus catches (see Washington where he laid out). Caught the ball well over his shoulder and in the gauntlet drill at the Combine, extending outside his frame and plucking it. Willing, competitive blocker. Paced all tight ends in the shuttles at the Combine, with a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.03 seconds and 6.82 in the 3-cone drill.

Negatives: Non-physical, raw blocker - is still growing into his body and learning how to gauge his strength and run his feet. Lacks polish in his routes and needs to learn how to sink his hips and get in and out of breaks more cleanly. Developing positional instincts and feel for the game - slows to catch. Has one career start and poor overall production.

Summary: Added 10 pounds from the East-West Shrine Game to the Combine and still appeared very athletic in his movement. Has upside to develop into a solid pass catcher, but has only shown the tip of the iceberg and his best football is all ahead of him. Developmental project dripping with upside.

NFL projection: Fifth- to sixth-round pick.

 

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