Greg Camarillo, WR
(6010, 190, 4.6 est.) Stanford
Notes: Born 4/18/82 in Redwood City, California, Camarillo (pronounced cam-uh-REE-o) attended Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park, California. He played four positions as a senior in high school, including wide receiver (caught 44 passes for 752 yards and 10 touchdowns), defensive end (led his team in quarterback sacks), placekicker and punter. Team captain and team MVP in 1999. He also played basketball for two seasons in high school and was named second-team All-League as a senior. Student Body President as a senior. Member of the National Honor Society, the California Scholastic Federation, an AP Scholar and an American Legion Boys' State Delegate.
Camarillo comes from a solid, close-knit family and he was very active in the community with the Dolphins.
His father, Al, is a professor of American history at Stanford. His mother, Susan, works as a middle school counselor in the Bay area. His older brother, Jeff, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master's degree from Stanford, is a middle school teacher in Compton, California. His sister, Lauren, graduated from UCLA. His family was selected to receive the "LaFamilia Award," the highest honor of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, presented to a family who has demonstrated exemplary commitment and volunteer service to the community. He and his brother, Jeff, a middle school teacher in Compton, Calif., started the "Charging Forward" program, which is designed to help motivate middle school student-athletes to excel in academics and athletics. He has taken part in the team's annual turkey giveaway and holiday toy event, hosted the Kids And Fins Publix Shopping Spree, frequently visited schools on Tuesdays during the season, participated in Miami-Dade Public Library's Teen Read Week, recorded radio PSA's to promote summer reading, made hospital visits and participated in the "Lift Up America Food Giveaway" event.
College: Walk-on at Stanford in 2000; redshirted as a true freshman. Appeared in 4 games as a backup wide receiver in 2001. Earned a scholarship in 2002 season; played in 10-of-11 games and caught 8-92. Played in all 11 games in 2003; caught 18-225. Closed out his college career in 2004 by catching 19-294. Was a four-year letterman who finished with 46 receptions for 613 yards. Was the recipient of the 2004 Jim Reynolds Award, which honors courage on the field and devotion to the game. A three-time Academic All-Pac-10 Conference selection, earning first-team honors as a senior, second-team accolades as a junior and honorable mention recognition as a sophomore. Graduated with a degree in engineering.
Pro: Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Diego Chargers in 2005; he caught 6 passes for 78 yards during the preseason and spent his entire rookie campaign on their practice squad. On the active roster the entire 2006 season, he saw action in 4 games and tallied 3 tackles on special teams.
Camarillo was waived by the Chargers following Week One in 2007 and subsequently claimed by the Miami Dolphins. He played in 15 games, catching 8 passes for 160 yards (20.0 avg.) and 2 touchdowns with a long of 64 yards for a score in the team's lone victory against the Baltimore Ravens in overtime (video clip). Started the first 11 games of the 2008 season and caught 55-613-2 (11.1 avg.) before a torn ACL knocked him out for the rest of the season. He signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract extension just days before blowing out his knee. He came back in 2009 to start all 16 games and catch 50-552-0 (11.0 avg.). He made this (YouTube clip) highlight reel catch in a game against Atlanta.
Acquired by the Vikings in a trade with Miami in exchange for CB Benny Sapp on August 25, 2010. In Miami, Camarillo became expendable with the offseason acquisition of Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall. The Dolphins also have Brian Hartline and Davone Bess at receiver. His current contract runs through 2011 and he is due to make base salaries of $1.3 million in 2010 and $1.7 million in 2011.
Positives: An extremely sure-handed pass receiver, he did not drop a single pass last season (2009). He is very effective in the slot and can also play outside. Very clutch, dependable, go-to-type-guy on third-down. Runs precise pass routes and knows how to set up defensive backs with head fakes and shiftiness. Good downfield blocker. Can also contribute on special teams. Tremendous work ethic. Very smart and a positive influence to others and in the community.
Negatives: Marginal sustained speed. Excels by hard work, craftiness and passion for the game but has likely reached his ceiling and will not get much better.
Summary: Camarillo won't stretch the field, but he is a proven, reliable, consistent No. 3 or No. 4 receiver who provides the Vikings with some dependability and depth as they await the anticipated return to health of Sidney Rice and some point during the upcoming season.