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2015 NFL DRAFT

Cameron Erving, OT

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Moultrie, GA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 304 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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5372

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: As a run-blocker, Erving displays the toughness and aggression that made him an impact performer on the other side of the football as he works to finish opponents with strong hands and impressive natural power in his lower half. The Seminoles frequently ask him to block at the second level. He pulls smoothly, showing impressive initial quickness and acceleration for a man of his size.

He also possesses the light feet and fluidity to thwart some of the nation's best edge rushers as was evident in his shutout performance against fellow top 2015 draft prospect Vic Beasley (DE, Clemson) last season.

Erving blends length with surprisingly light feet and flexibility. Shows smooth athleticism in his kick-step to handle speed off the edge as well as the strong hands to latch on and control his opponent. Perhaps most impressive, Erving plays with good knee bend, which helps him win the leverage battle and generally anchor well against bull rushes.

WEAKNESSES: Erving simply needs to become a more consistent technician. His footwork gets a bit sloppy in pass protection at times and he'll bend at the waist to catch the rush rather than absorbing with his lower half. He also has a tendency to rely too heavily on his upper body when battling, often stopping his feet when engaged.

Aggression sometimes works against Erving. He'll drop his head on contact, providing defenders opportunities to wash through him. Fails to adjust when blocking on the move, at times. While he's quick to the second level, Erving too often loses track of his target, winding up where he thought the play was going to go only to have his assignment run past him. Each is a correctable skill that the athletic big man should improve upon as he gains experience.

--Rob Rang & Derek Stephens (7/10/14)

Player Overview

Erving initially impressed the FSU coaching staff at defensive tackle in 2011, registering 20 tackles in backup duty for a Seminoles' defense that ranked first in the country against the run (2.3 yards allowed per rush). He made the switch to the offensive line as a sophomore, emerging as a 14-game starter and EJ Manuel's blindside pass protector.

While Erving impressed in 2012, he did so in part because he wasn't playing with the burden of expectations. In 2013, he was nitpicked on every snap, and occasional lapses in technique led to defenses generating some pressure on quarterback Jameis Winston.

Erving earned All-ACC First-Team and All-American First-Team (Sporting News, USA Today, SI.com) honors as a junior, among a slew of other accolades. He also established himself as one of the nation's top offensive linemen, even contemplating a post-junior year exit for the NFL before deciding to return for the 2014 season.

There are very few athletes who can make the type of transition that Erving has made -- moving to the offensive side of the ball and becoming an immediate starter the same year, at the most difficult position on the line, then being named to several All-American teams and being tabbed a top NFL prospect all within a two year period.

If his ability to learn and improve thus far has been any indication of what's to come in 2014, Erving could very well put himself in position to be a top-five selection in next year's draft.

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08/08/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-ACC TEAM (MEDIA): T Cameron Erving, Florida State (82) 6-6 302 Senior-R Moultrie, Ga.,...Big-bodied and athletically-gifted, Erving has all the tools to be a star at the next level, but returned to Florida State for his redshirt senior season with the goal of becoming an all-around better player while leading the Seminoles into contention for another national championship. Will continue to be counted on to emerge as a leader and the blind side safety for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston. After collecting All-America honors from nearly every organization, he had a tremendous spring and saw action at center in an effort to cross-train and increase depth on the offensive line. - - Florida State football
 

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