Scouting Report:

Cameron Jordan should have a long, successful career as a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL.

Positives: Jordan has good size, strength and athletic ability. He plays the run well and I have rarely (if ever) seen him driven off the line by a one on one block. He stalemates the offensive lineman effectively and doesn’t give ground versus one on one blocks and flashes the ability to hold up effectively against double team blocks. He shows good, violent hand usage and plays nasty at times which I like. He seems to have a pretty good motor and shows a nice swim/rip move, a bull rush and even flashed an effective spin move at times. He gets off the ball pretty well for a guy his size and he is a solid tackler. Does a solid job of stacking and shedding versus the run. Consistently plays with good leverage versus the run and pass and that helps him hold up well versus the run and avoid getting moved downfield even against larger players.

Negatives: Doesn’t offer a lot as a pass rusher so I think he is strictly a 3-4 DE in the NFL. He doesn’t have a great first step and he doesn’t have very good edge speed even for his size. He flashes some pass rush moves but once he is blocked he doesn’t seem to get off the block very well when rushing the passer, and struggles to stack and shed versus the run at times. He shows violent hand usage when he can use a swim or rip move, especially shortly after the snap of the ball, but doesn’t do a great job of fighting off blocks once engaged versus the run or pass in my opinion. He is a solid tackler but at times he will attempt tackles out of control and slide off of the ball carrier, this has happened a couple of times on QB’s and it led to him missing out on sacks. I am also not sure how good his recognition is as a defender because he doesn’t seem to have great instincts and doesn’t do a great job of reading the run plays while engaged with the offensive lineman. At times he will not stay in his gaps and will make a move inside and open up a backside running lane, this will also happen when an OL or TE blocks down on him and seals him out of the play.

Overall: Jordan is a pretty polished player and he projects very well to the 3-4. I think he needs to improve his block shedding so he can get off one on one blocks more effectively but as he gets stronger he will be even harder to move versus the run. He should be fine controlling two gaps in a 3-4 scheme but he would be a much better player if he could control those gaps while stacking the blocker and then shed the block as he saw the ball carrier coming his way to take him down. Right now he can stack but he doesn’t do a very good job of shedding at times, though he usually fights off the block through sheer effort. He won’t ever be a sack-master in the NFL whether he plays in the 4-3 or 3-4 but he should be effective at collapsing the pocket and he will do a good job versus the run. I don’t think Jordan is an elite player, but I think he can be a very good, reliable player for a long time (especially in a 3-4 defense).

Projection: Top 15-20. For a while I thought he might be a top ten pick but after watching him he is definitely a good player but he isn’t a great player. He has a nice combination of size, strength and athletic ability but his ceiling isn’t that high as he is pretty sound fundamentally already and doesn’t have a lot to improve on beyond perhaps tackling, shedding blocks and improving his recognition.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 4.0
Quickness: 3.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
Point Of Attack: 3.5
Recognition: 3.0
Motor: 3.5

Thanks for reading!

–Tom