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CAMERON JORDAN Defensive End California Golden Bears #97 6:04.0-285-4.85 Chandler, AZ Chandler High School
Growing up in Chandler, Ariz., Jordan was a basketball player who envisioned himself as the next Allen Iverson. When his frame quickly surpassed "AI's" diminutive stature, Jordan thought he could be more like tall and lanky Kevin Garnett.
Football was where he truly excelled, however, and he was rated among the top 10 prospects in Arizona by all the major recruiting services. Jordan's success on the gridiron, where he posted 17.5 sacks and 37 quarterback hurries as a senior, didn't come as a great surprise. His father, Steve Jordan, played 13 seasons as a tight end for the Minnesota Vikings.
"I don't know about upholding the family name. I'd like to advance it, for sure," Cameron Jordan said at the scouting combine.
He's already adding to the family's football resume. At Cal, Jordan played in 50 of 51 games, including 32 starts. Playing the role of run-stuffing end in the Bears' 3-4 scheme, Jordan didn't rack up big statistics - 175 career tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. However, he's one of the few true 3-4 ends in this draft, and some scouts believe he can play outside linebacker or even remain at end in a 4-3.
"That's one of the things that works to my advantage. I am versatile," Jordan said. "I have shown this year that I can stand up and play 3-technique and 5-technique. Like I've said, put me anywhere and I can play."
Jordan has an easy smile, and has be characterized by teammates as a "locker-room clown" and a "just a big kid at heart." But that shouldn't be mistaken for a lack of passion.
"If you see my film, I'm hitting people. I'm laying people out," Jordan said. "There's sort of a switch. I still got the smile on, but it's all for a different motive. It will be the biggest smile on me to hit a quarterback and hear the wind come out of his chest. That pleases me the most."
Pass rush: Only moderate initial quickness off the snap. Doesn't possess the top-end speed to be more than a marginal pass rusher in the NFL. Relies on his power and technique to pressure the pocket. Has a strong club move and rip and swim moves. Has the hand strength to knock away the initial punch of the pass blocker and often supplies his own punch to drive his opponent into the pocket. Good use of leverage and very good strength for the bull rush. Locates the ball and shows a late burst to close when opportunities are presented. Has long arms but is still developing recognition and timing to get his hands up. Has only five passes broken up in 50 games.
Run defense: Stout run defender. Understands gap responsibilities in the 3-4 defense. Has the long arms to keep defenders away from his chest and the bulk to anchor. Locates the ball quickly and pursues hard. Good balance and appears more agile in run defense forcing the back wide to the sideline than he is as a pass rusher. Good effort in lateral and downfield pursuit.
Explosion: Flashes an explosive initial burst but is inconsistent in this area. Doesn't have the speed or flexibility as an edge rusher to take full advantage of his spotty suddenness, but can shock his opponent when he times the snap correctly. Shows a late burst to close on the ballcarrier, resulting in big collisions. Forced four career fumbles.
Strength: Arguably his greatest asset. Possesses very good upper- and lower-body strength to remain as a five technique defensive end in the 3-4 or a base (left) defensive end for the 4-3 alignment. Comes off the snap low and hard and has the bulk to create a pile. Can drive his opponent into the pocket with his bull rush and slide off to make the tackle when the ballcarrier is near.
Tackling: Good strength for the drag-down tackle. Will lower his shoulder and bring his hips for the big collision. Strong enough that he can slip off blockers and find the ball. Doesn't have great balance or flexibility to break down in the open field to tackle elusive ballcarriers but his long arms and good hand-eye coordination help him to at least trip up the target.
Intangibles: High-effort player. Plays to the whistle and pursues hard. Good bloodlines. Father, Steve Jordan, was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end during 13 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Suspended for 2008 season opener after an arrest for suspicion of a DUI -- the only game he missed at Cal. Played in 50 of 51 games, including 32 starts. Characterized by teammates as a "locker-room clown" and a "just a big kid at heart." Had his maturity questioned by coaches early in his career, though he emerged as more of a leader since.
Compares to: Cory Redding, Ravens -- The long, athletic Redding played well in Baltimore's 3-4 after struggling at times as a strong-side end early in his career; Jordan should be fortunate enough to use his strength and quickness in a three-man front right away.
Played in 50 of 51 possible games and made 32 starts at Cal from 2007-10 ... an honorable mention All-American (Pro Football Weekly) and first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior in 2010 after two consecutive honorable mention All-Pac-10 campaigns in 2008 and 2009 ... finished his collegiate career with 175 tackles (88 unassisted, 87 assisted), while adding 34.0 tackles for loss (-122 yards) and 16.5 sacks (-89 yards) to rank just outside the school's all-time top 10 in each of the latter two categories ... added one interception that he returned for three yards, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries that he returned for a total of 41 yards and twice for touchdowns.
Earned honorable mention All-American honors from Pro Football Weekly and was a first-team All-Pac-10 choice according to both the league's coaches and Phil Steele ... added second-team All-Pac-10 honors from Scout ... on the final watch for the Ted Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end ... started all 12 games and recorded career highs of 62 tackles (fifth on the club and first among defensive linemen) and 12.5 tackles for loss (-47 yards) for a 1.04 per game average that was second on the squad and fourth in the Pac-10 ... also had 5.5 sacks (-32 yards) that were second on the team and a half sack shy of the career-high 6.0 he recorded as a 2009 junior, with his 0.46 sacks per game average 11th in the Pac-10 ... added a career-high and team-high-tying three forced fumbles for an average of 0.25 per game that ranked tied for third in the Pac-10 ... had his lone fumble recovery of the season in the final game of his career vs. Washington, returning it 21 yards for his second career touchdown ... added four pass breakups to lead the team's defensive linemen and a quarterback hurry.
Had his top statistical game of the season in a win at Washington State with a career-high 12 tackles, career-high-tying 3.0 tackles for loss (-15 yards) and a season-high 1.5 sacks to lead the Bears to their only road win of the campaign and earn honorable mention Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards ... also had six tackles four times - at Nevada (also 0.5 TFL), vs. Arizona State (also 1.0 TFL and one PBU), at Oregon State (also 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack) and vs. Washington (also 2.0 TFL, one fumble recovery that he returned 21 yards for a touchdown) ... had 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack among his five tackles vs. Colorado ... picked up 1.0 tackle for loss, 1.0 sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup at Arizona ... had 1.0 tackle for loss and 1.0 sack vs. UCLA ... recorded five tackles, a forced fumble, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup against Oregon ... picked up second-team All-Pac-10 midseason honors from Phil Steele ... selected by Athlon, Lindy's and Phil Steele as a second-team preseason All-Pac-10 choice, with Lindy's also naming him the Pac-10's No. 8 NFL talent and Phil Steele selecting him as the nation's No. 16 draft-eligible defensive end prior to the season ... called Cal's "The Next Big Thing" by Sporting News and listed as one of Cal's "Players to Watch" according to Lindy's.
An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive season, starting all 13 games and ranking second among the team's defensive linemen behind 2010 first-round NFL draft pick Tyson Alualu with 48 tackles, as well as second overall also behind Alualu with 9.5 tackles for loss (-41 yards) and a career-high 6.0 sacks (-35 yards) ... among the Pac-10's per-game leaders in sacks (No. 10-T, 0.46) and tackles for loss (No. 15-T, 0.73) ... added one fumble recovery, five quarterback hurries and one pass breakup ... recipient of the team's Bob Tessier Award as the Most Improved Defensive Lineman ... recorded a season-high seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards) and 0.5 sacks (-5 yards) vs. Arizona ... had a huge game against Washington State with a career-high 2.5 sacks and a season-high 2.5 tackles for loss (-17 yards) among his six tackles, while also adding a career-high three quarterback hurries ... had five-tackle games vs. Maryland, at Oregon and vs. Oregon State with 1.0 tackle for loss in each of the three, while also adding a sack for minus three yards and a fumble recovery against the Terrapins in the season-opener and the first pass breakup of his career against the Beavers ... had 1.0 sack at UCLA (-7 yards) and vs. Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl (-3 yards) ... had 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) among his four tackles at Stanford ... had single quarterback hurries vs. Eastern Washington and USC ... selected third-team preseason All-Pac-10 by Athlon and fourth-team according to Phil Steele, as well as the nation's No. 53 defensive end by the latter.
An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection that took over a starting defensive end job in the fifth game of the season and completed the campaign with 47 tackles, 11.0 TFL (No. 12-T Pac-10, No. 100-T NCAA), 4.0 sacks (No. 19-T Pac-10), one interception, two fumble recoveries (No. 6-T Pac-10, No. 72-T NCAA) and one forced fumble ... earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week notice on October 4 after his first start vs. Arizona State, finishing with eight tackles, including 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble ... played in 12 games and made a total of seven starts ... had a career-best 10 tackles with 2.5 TFL and 1.0 sacks vs. Oregon ... picked up a sack among his six stops at USC ... snared an interception vs. Colorado State ... recovered a fumble vs. Stanford at the Cal 10-yard line, which prompted the Bears to go on a 90-yard scoring drive for a TD and a 10-0 lead ... played a key role in the Emerald Bowl win over Miami, Fla., returning a fumble seven yards to the Hurricanes' two-yard line with 3:28 remaining in the contest to set up the game winning touchdown and also recording 2.0 TFL among his three tackles.
Played in all 13 games as a reserve during his true freshman season and recorded 18 tackles ... tallied half-sacks at Colorado State and Arizona State ... also recovered a fumble against the Sun Devils and returned it 13 yards for his first career touchdown to give Cal an early 7-0 first quarter lead ... notched a season-best four takedowns in Cal's road victory over Oregon ... earned the team's Bob Tessier Award as its Most Improved Defensive Lineman.
Rated the No. 5 prospect in the state of Arizona and selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep ... listed as the No. 8 recruit in Arizona and the No. 37 defensive end by Rivals.com ... a PrepStar All-West Region choice ... ranked No. 54 nationally among defensive ends by Scout.com ... named the top defensive lineman at the Nike Training Camp in Los Angeles ... earned All-State honors his senior year after registering 17.5 sacks, 37 quarterback hurries and 85 tackles while leading his squad to an impressive 11-2 record.
Full name is Cameron Tyler Jordan ... born July 10, 1989 ... parents are Steve and Anita Jordan ... father played college football at Brown, then for 13 years in the NFL (all with the Minnesota Vikings) and was selected to the Pro Bowl six times ... major is undeclared but considering Legal Studies.
Draft Scout Player News
01/15/18 - DE Cam Jordan didn't have a sack against the Vikings after leading New Orleans with a career-high 13 during the regular season. Jordan, who was selected for the Pro Bowl, had one sack in the 31-26 wild-card playoff victory over Carolina on Jan. 7.
01/11/18 - Defensive end Cameron Jordan practiced fully on Thursday. Jordan, who tied for fourth in the league with 13 sacks in the regular season, had been limited in Wednesday's practice by a knee injury. The Saints will visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in an NFC divisional round game. Jordan has never missed in game in his seven seasons. He had a sack in last week's 31-26 playoff win over the Carolina Panthers and, also registered one in a season-opening loss at Minnesota.
01/10/18 - DE Cam Jordan (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday.
12/26/17 - DE Cameron Jordan had two of the Saints' five sacks of the Falcons' Matt Ryan.
11/30/17 - DE Cam Jordan received NFC Player of the Month honors for November after collecting three sacks
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