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Cameron Erving | Center

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/23/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 308

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Browns selected Florida State OL Cameron Erving with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
A player with experience at center and tackle, Erving profiles as the Browns' right guard. Erving (6'6/313) earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in both 2013 and 2014 as the ACC's top offensive lineman. Although Erving profiled best as a center, he has the requisite length (34 1/8-inch arms, 84 1/8-inch wingspan) and enough athleticism to kick back out to tackle. Apr 30 - 10:15 PM

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An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that FSU C Cameron Erving's "upside is huge" at center.

"That line didn't block well until they moved him," the scout said. "It cleaned up so much inside. He's not a 320-pound mauling center but he gets after you. He's such a good athlete and is extremely smart. Great kid." Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting Erving inside. But is Erving (6-foot-5, 314 pounds), who would become the NFL's tallest center, too tall for the position? "I think he's too tall for center," a second scout said. "He's got stiff ankles and plays too small. He smothers college players, but if anyone works his edges he's not great laterally. I don't see it." A third scout disagreed with that analysis. "It (height) hasn't been a problem," he said. "His arms (34 1/8) are so long, he just locks those guys out. He just gets on the nose (tackle). Guard may be his best position. He could start at three positions."
Apr 26 - 6:09 PM

FSU C Cameron Erving "is a plug-and-play option in the first round" for the Arizona Cardinals, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The Cardinals released incumbent starting center Lyle Sendlein last month and could look to replace him via the draft. If both running backs Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon are both off the board, the Cardinals could look to address their offensive line needs in the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 3:16 PM

Moving from LT to C was the "best thing that ever happened" to FSU C Cameron Erving, wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He wasn't having a great year at left tackle, but he got better every game he played at center," McShay wrote. "He is really light on his feet, has really good length (6-5, with 34 1/8-inch arms) and has a powerful upper body. He does a great job on zone-stretch plays and as a second-level blocker." Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting Erving inside. Erving is in the Round 1 discussion.
Apr 22 - 9:31 PM

College Football Focus metrics loved FSU C Cameron Erving after his shift inside.

No reason was given, though we know Florida State was much, much more effective running inside after moving Erving inside. The prospect was sensational at center, perhaps moving himself back into Round 1 after his stock flat lined early last season. "ESPN's player-comparison tool compared him to Gabe Carimi and Rodger Saffold from an athletic standpoint," wrote Mike Sando. "Physically, he aligned with Carimi, Michael Oher and Will Beatty."
Apr 22 - 1:38 AM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco believes FSU C Cameron Erving "made a lot of money moving inside to center."

"He was decent as a tackle, but he can be dominant as a center," Prisco wrote. "He is athletic at a position that requires it. But he's also strong at the point of attack." ESPN Stats & Information's Sharon Katz noted that Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting Erving inside. NFL Media's Mike Mayock and his colleague Daniel Jeremiah agree that Erving could go late in the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 8:03 PM

The National Football Post's Greg Gabriel grades FSU C Cameron Erving as the class' second-best interior lineman.

If you don't count Brandon Scherff as an interior lineman, Erving would move up to No. 1 on Gabriel's list. Erving himself, of course, could also play on the outside. "Erving was a top prospect as a left tackle," Gabriel wrote. "He showed, quickness, strength, power, and range and looked like an early starter at that position. At center, he showed all those traits and more. He took over as the leader of the line and made all the line calls." The 6-foot-5, 314-pounder needs to work on his hand placement, according to the analyst, though that issue should be easily cleaned up with NFL coaching. "Erving has the skills to start at any of the five offensive line positions," Gabriel wrote. "That versatility will help him get on the field early. He is clearly the best center in this draft and will most likely be a late first round pick."
Apr 6 - 2:30 PM

FSU C Cameron Erving "expands the definition of versatility" according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Quick, draft Erving and then worry about the details, like what position he plays," Cooney wrote. You can say that again, brother. Erving has played everywhere across the lines. As recently as 2011, he played as a defensive lineman. Erving moved to LT to protect quarterback EJ Manuel's blind side in 2012 and did so again for Jameis Winston in 2013. Finally, he shifted to center when starter Austin Barron broke his arm October 4 against Wake Forest. "When I made the switch a lot of people asked me how I felt about it in terms of the NFL," Erving said. "That wasn't on my mind. I mean, I've always been the type of person that does what's best for the team. When I moved from defense (after freshman season) that was what was best for the team. As far as moving from tackle to center it's what the team needed at the time. So I did it."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 5 - 7:47 PM

FSU C Cameron Erving "has Pro Bowl potential if he plays center, and any team that saw his tape from the last half of the 2014 season likely would put him there," ESPN's Mel Kiper believes.

"But he also would have been drafted if he'd simply stayed at left tackle, which speaks to his upside and versatility. If you draft him in Round 1, you can start him at center, but Erving brings extra value if injuries make a mess of your line," Kiper wrote. The analyst sees Erving going at the end of Round 1. Erving struggled at tackle last year, but he was utterly dominant after moving to center.
Mar 30 - 11:01 PM

FSU C Cameron Erving should be considered when the Eagles get on the clock at No. 20, ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes.

Between injuries and suspensions, Philadelphia's offensive line was a mess last season. Left tackle Jason Peters was the only OL to play in all 16 games. "Some might feel as though this is early for Erving, or that he isn't a great fit for Philly because his best position is at center and the Eagles already have one of the league's best in Jason Kelce," Weidl wrote. "However, Erving is one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the class and has the size (6-foot-5, 314 pounds), agility, intelligence and enough inline power to line up at guard in the Eagles' zone-blocking scheme. While he isn't as efficient outside at tackle, he has the length and experience to hold up in a pinch -- particularly in Kelly's system." ESPN Stats & Information's Sharon Katz noted that Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting Erving inside.
Mar 25 - 7:56 PM

FSU C Cameron Erving checks in as the No. 19 player on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

"Erving isn't here just because he's versatile," Kiper wrote. "It's pretty rare to find a player who can offer up good tape at center, guard or tackle -- all positions that Erving was asked to play in his time at Florida State. And while the effectiveness at each is varied, he's a legit plug-and-play prospect at the center position. He's got great feet and was outstanding in getting to the second level at that position. A rare case in which a move inside makes him a better prospect." ESPN Stats & Information's Sharon Katz recently passed along a stat that held our attention and will do the same in war rooms considering a center early: Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting Erving inside.
Mar 15 - 10:28 PM

Per ESPN Stats & Information's Sharon Katz, Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting C Cameron Erving inside.

This is a stat Erving's agent figures to remind front office types of plenty in advance of the draft. "Erving is the most versatile offensive lineman in the draft," Katz wrote, pointing out that the prospect played effectively as a defensive tackle, offensive tackle and center in college. Erving started each game over the past three seasons, including every one of FSU's 29 games during its vaunted winning streak.
Mar 13 - 8:37 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that FSU C Cameron Erving is a "very versatile second-round pick."

"He's a lot like [La'el] Collins," the scout said. "He could be a left tackle, center or guard." Erving, of course, was a two-year starter at left tackle, but kicked inside to center for the second half of 2014. He was a defensive lineman as recently as spring 2012. "He's athletic," said another scout. "Not a very good technician. Still learning the position."
Mar 1 - 5:08 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes FSU C Cameron Erving will "likely go in the late first or early second round, and the Colts and Broncos would both make sense."

"If you don't count Scherff as a guard, Erving is the top interior lineman in this class," McShay wrote. "He's showed well on tape, particularly after he moved to center, and his workout matched it Friday. His 9-4 broad jump was better than all the top OT prospects, and his 5.15 40 is really good for his size. He's a really quick and athletic interior lineman in the Matt Birk mold, and he has long arms (34⅛ inches)." McShay's colleague Kevin Weidl recently wrote that he "wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger late [Round] 1" on Erving, and NFL Network's Mike Mayock called Erving a "starting Pro Bowl-quality center."
Feb 23 - 11:32 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote that he "wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger late [Round] 1" on FSU C Cameron Erving.

"Erving made a smooth transition with awareness and brings rare size and agility for an OC," Weidl added. Erving (6-foot-5 1/2, 313 pounds, with a wingspan of 84 1/8 inches) is the consensus top center in the class, a player NFL Network's Mike Mayock called a "starting Pro Bowl-quality center." On Friday, Erving ran 5.16 seconds in the forty, posted a 10-yard split of 1.84, and had a broad jump of 112 inches (9 feet, 3 inches). Mayock and his colleague Daniel Jeremiah agreed that Erving could go late in the first round.
Feb 22 - 9:19 PM