Ultimately, of all the Bay Area college talents involved in the process, no name has been bandied about more than Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan. Thanks to his physical talent, his versatility to fit in multiple schemes and positions along a defensive front, and his run-stopping powers and pass rush ability have made him a popular target for the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, perhaps as high as the top ten.
Here were his measurements at the NFL Combine:
Weight: 287 lbs.
Arm Length: 35 in.
Hand Size: 11 1/8 in.
Pretty impressive. What stands out to you is the arm length and hand size, which are just big-time for football defensive linemen. The man is an athletic specimen, and Jordan should be able to find a good place to fit and contribute early on for an NFL team.
They often say that when you tell a girl she has a great personality, it's your way of insinuating she's ugly. That's far from the case with Jordan, who is just as engaging off the field as he is on it.
- According to NESN, he said the New England Patriots (long looking for pass rush and might be interested in taking him) are a phenomenal team and considers them one of the "good teams in the NFL". A little bit of an understatement considering they're coming off of a 14-2 season, but Jordan has been known to be wry with his humor.
- He said "plethora" twice during his conference. The man did go to Cal after all.
- According to the above link from SI, he thought he would be a basketball player, but was too tall to be AI and too short to be KG. Football fit him perfectly.
- He referenced Alualu of the Jaguars as his mentor at Cal, and he hopes to follow in his footsteps as a top ten pick.
There's no doubt he has the colorful personality to fit in with the general locker room soundbytes that permeate media waves throughout fall season in the NFL.