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2015 NFL DRAFT

Cameron Erving, OT

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Moultrie, GA
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STRENGTHS: Versatile athlete who has transitioned from the defensive side of the ball to start at both left tackle and center. Boasts a pretty remarkable combination of size (6-feet-5, 309 pounds) and athleticism, and blends length with surprisingly light feet and flexibility.

As a run-blocker, 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. Frequently asked to block at the second level. He pulls smoothly, showing impressive initial quickness and acceleration for a man of his size.

Possesses the light feet and fluidity to thwart some of the nation's best edge rushers at tackle, while also showing the ability to seal off defensive tackles at center.

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: Simply needs to become a more consistent technician. 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. 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 (11/20/14)

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.

Erving was on the move again in November, starting his first career game at center in Florida State's comeback victory over Miami on Nov. 15 after protecting quarterback Jameis Winston's blind side for the previous 22 games.

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Player News
12/04/2014 - 2014 ACC JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY WINNER: Florida State's Cameron Erving has been voted the Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner for the second consecutive season, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced Sunday. With Erving's selection, six Seminole offensive linemen have now claimed the honor a combined 10 times. The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player chosen the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a vote of each school's head coach or defensive coordinator. The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945. The trophy will be presented at the ACC's Night of Legends event, which will be held this Friday (5:30 p.m.) at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of festivities held around the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.

Erving, a 6-5, 308-pound redshirt senior from Moultrie, Georgia, earned this year's honor after playing two offensive line positions for the top-ranked and unbeaten Seminoles over the course of the season. After starting 37 consecutive career games at left tackle, he moved to center for Florida State's road game at Miami on Nov. 15. He did not allow a sack and had the highest grade on the offensive line in the Seminoles' 30-26 win. - ACC football

 

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