2011 Draft Prospect : Jordan Cameron (TE, USC)

I originally published this on our sister sportsnation site , where we are needing to replace future hall-of-fame TE Tony Gonzalez.  

Not to be confused with Cameron Jordan, the DE from Cal....

Once again Southern Cal tight end Jordan Cameron continued to build on his solid senior year with another good post-season performance. He ran in the 4.5 range, looked natural plucking the football off his frame and displayed good flexibility when asked to sit into his stance. He could be the next former basketball guy to make a jump into the top-100 picks. - Wes Bunting

USC TE Jordan Cameron just ran a 4.58. Another basketball player with pass catching potential... But he's a long-term project - Todd McShay (via Twitter)

Tony Pauline of reports : Cameron ran well in the 40-yard dash then translated his speed into drills.  Rarely mentioned by scouts when the season started, Cameron has established himself as one of the best tight ends available in April's draft and Saturday further drove home the point. Weighing 254 pounds, Cameron completed 23 reps on the bench then averaged 4.6 seconds in the 40. His pass catching workout was outstanding as Cameron ran effective routes, displayed terrific coordination and caught just about everything thrown in his direction.

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Doug Farrar (of and agrees:

Like Graham, he's making an impact on tape and in pre-draft workouts on sheer athleticism, and it seems that with players like this, NFL teams believe that they can use their talents situationally and as they develop over time.;_ylt=AnRaJ5q39YzGy6oqkHWp1K85nYcB

Wrote’s Bucky Brooks wrote these East-West Shrine game observations:

Jordan Cameron of Southern California could be the latest basketball player to become a pass-catching force as a tight end. He has been sensational during practice, and few defenders have been able to stay with him down the field. His combination of size, speed and athleticism are exceptional for the position, and he looks like a polished product in the passing game. While he will need to continue to develop as a blocker, he has shown enough promise in practice to merit serious consideration as an early-round draft candidate.


Cameron was a project at USC, starting out as a wide receiver before finding a niche as a tight end

2010:  Cameron caught 17 passes, for 141 yards and one touchdown.

2009:  He was a reserve wide receiver as a junior in 2009, but did not catch a pass.

2008:  Transferred to USC as a sophomore in the fall of 2008 from a junior college, was a reserve wide receiver in 2008, but did not make a catch.

2007:   (Junior College) as a freshman tight end he caught 22 passes for 348 yards (15.8 avg.) with 5 TDs in 2007.

2006:  (BYU)  He redshirted the 2006-07 season at BYU as a  freshman forward on the men's basketball team (he did not play football there).

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