NFL Draft Scouting Report: Cam Erving

How does former FSU offensive lineman Cam Erving project at the next level?

Overview

Cameron Erving was a three-star defensive tackle in the 2010 recruiting class and recorded 20 tackles as a backup in 2011 before moving to left tackle in 2012. He wound up a three-year starter and two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy given to the ACC’s top blocker. Carries the rare distinction of having made the All-ACC team at two different positions in the same season as he was named first-team All-ACC at LT and third-team All-ACC at center after making the switch to center toward the end of the 2014 season.

Erving was already on the NFL’s radar as a tackle prospect, but he was dominant at the center position and projects better on the inside.

Scouting Report

Strengths

Good athlete with plus feet for the offensive interior and strong hands. Can play all five positions on the offensive line. Quick hands and long arms and can overpower defenders. Outstanding snap-to-step quickness and gets to the second level. Can pull and pin from the center position. Has the agility to be an excellent screen blocker. Anchors well and should be able to single block many NFL NTs. Competitor with a nasty streak. Maintains leverage and can play with low hips from the center position. Has been well schooled under Rick Trickett at FSU, though still relatively young at the position.

Room for Improvement

High cut. Lacks elite power through hips and struggled moving laterally against speed at the LT position after gaining weight before the 2014 season. Tended to play high at the LT position and was a waist-bender and leaner. Can tend to lean and reach rather than sinking the hips and exploding through contact. Average feet for a tackle and unlikely to wind up at that position. Sometimes lost focus at LT and coasted rather than dominating (seemed to focus better on the inside). Could be bull rushed at LT where he tended to play high, but didn’t show same issue at center. Battled through a myriad of sprains and tweaks in three years as starter and seems to stay nicked up. Wasn’t always clear whether he was limited or simply sluggish.

Combine/Pro Day Results

Combine/Pro Day Results

Ht

Wt

Arm

Hd

40y

10y

Bench

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6’5

313

34 1/8

10 3/8

5.15

1.84

30

30.5

112”

4.63

7.48

To put it in good perspective, Erving’s athletic numbers were better across the board than those of defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, showing plus numbers across the board (other than the pedestrian 10 yard time) not only for his position but when compared to most defensive tackles.

Whereas many interior offensive linemen are inferior athletes to the guys they’re blocking, Erving can match up athletically. That’s unusual for a center prospect, as centers are generally the least explosively athletic offensive linemen, making Erving a high value over average player. Here are Erving’s numbers when compared to typical guards, let alone centers:

Erving’s numbers also stood out versus his OL teammates, and his performance suggested that he has generally outworked his peers, a good sign for his continued improvement at the next level.

Was very impressive in position drills both at the combine and pro day, showing rare quickness for the center position and the ability to adapt to coaching.

Floor/Ceiling

In the right offense and with further development, Erving could develop into a top 5 center in the NFL.

In terms of floor, he still projects as a solid starter at guard, making him a very low-risk selection as whoever takes him is almost assuredly getting a solid multi-year starter.

Overall

Overall, Erving grades out similarly to Bryan Stork from last year’s draft class at the center position but with a bit more athleticism and flexibility for other positions, upping his overall grade. Given the right situation, he could be an early career starter and anchor on the interior offensive line for years to come.

Grade: 7.3 (Rookie impact and potential top 15 player at his position)

Compares To

Mike Pouncey

Draft Prediction

Range: Picks 16–40

Erving should be one of the earlier offensive lineman off the board, but it’s unclear whether that will put him in the late teens or early second round. At present, I have Erving sliding out of the first round, thanks to more likely runs on defensive linemen and wide receivers earlier in the draft. But I will be surprised if Erving is not off the board within the first ten picks of the second round.


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