The Browns selected former University of Southern California tight end Jordan Cameron with the 102nd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. It was the first of six selections for the Browns on day three.
In two years at USC, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Cameron caught 16 passes with one touchdown and gained 126 yards.
“I’m excited to embrace this process as a tight end and get really into football,” said Cameron, the 17th USC player and second Trojans tight end ever drafted by the Browns. “I can create some mismatches with my athletic ability and stretch the field a little bit.
“I feel like I’m a tip of the iceberg guy,” he added. “I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m willing to do so and I’m excited about my future in this league. I could add some weight. I’ve got a skinny frame and could get up to 260 and still be able to move pretty well.”
Cameron started his collegiate career at Brigham Young University and redshirted as a forward on the basketball team. He later transferred to Ventura (Calif.) Junior College and earned All-Western State Conference Pacific Division honorable mention accolades after catching 22 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns. With Cameron on the team in 2007, Ventura compiled an 8-3 record, won the Pacific Division and later, the Southern California Bowl.
“At that time, I was a smaller guy and didn’t weigh too much; I was a late bloomer,” he said. “I didn’t have too many looks in football at all. I was playing basketball and there were some offers on the table. When I had the opportunity to play for SC, I took advantage of that.”
Though he played both basketball and football, Cameron was not looking at a career in the National Basketball Association. Cameron showed his athleticism in a YouTube video where he put on a slam dunk display with an assist from Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin.
“It really wasn’t my dream to play in the NBA,” said Cameron. “I always loved playing football as a kid. I wanted to play both in college and it worked out that basketball was there for me at that time.
“They definitely translate,” he added. “It’s a sport where, at the tight end position, they select these hybrid basketball guys. It’s moving in space and in basketball, you do a lot of that. You’re in space, you have body control jumping for balls and lateral movement. I think the sport definitely transitions well into football.”
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