Nov 22, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles center Cameron Erving (75) warms up before the start of the game against the Boston College Eagles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
A name to remember this off-season will be Cameron Erving, Florida State senior offensive lineman. He stands at 6’5″, 308 lbs and has arguably more versatility than any other linemen in this draft class. What kind of versatility do I mean?
Here’s the lowdown on this kid.
Showed up in 2011 as a defensive linemen and put up 20 tackles in a reserve role. In 2012 they asked him to test the waters on offense and he gladly accepted the challenge. He started 14 games his in first season ever at the position of left tackle and continued his success throughout 2012 and 2013. His standout performance has earned him awards including All-ACC and first team All-American. In 2013 he was viewed as a top prospect for the 2014 NFL draft, before deciding to return to school for his senior year. In 2014, the Seminoles had a glaring need in the interior of their offensive line and decided to test him out there. He thrived in the opportunity and has played center throughout 2014 with great success. Erving continues to show off impressive upper body strength and is projected as a top 25 prospect in the upcoming 2015 NFL draft.
- He can block into the second level.
- He can adjust to scheme.
- He is versatile in position rotation.
- He knows how to use his hands for battle and hosts a very aggressive style due to his defensive line background.
- He is well respected and has shown resiliency and poise in big game scenarios.
With the amount of injuries the Chargers have sustained on the offensive line year in and year out, this monster deserves a hard look from our staff and scouts. If you don’t understand the value of versatility and early round investment in offensive linemen, then you may want to take a good hard look at the Dallas Cowboys roster. 3 pro-bowl linemen and a league rushing title. One key piece could start to bolster up a Bolts run game and pass protection that has been sub-par in recent history.