If there was an award given out at the Scouting Combine for most entertaining interview, former Cal DE Cameron Jordan would win it hands down. He entered the media center at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday afternoon and by the time he left, everyone gathered around his podium was either shaking their head with amusement, laughing or both.
Cameron is the son of former Vikings TE Steve Jordan, the best TE in franchise history. So of course he gets a bunch of questions about being the son of a former NFL player and about potentially playing for the same team as his dad. As redundant as that must get, Cameron answers them all well and also with some humor.
“My dad was always trying to give me tips on how to be a tight end because that’s what he played,” Jordan said on Saturday. “He was just always giving me tips on how to beat a guy or control a guy and he’d give any tip that he can. I may listen to about 45 percent of it, but you know he gives me a lot of advice so I take it for what it is.”
With a big smile on his face following that answer, Jordan answered another question about what happens to the other 55% of the advice.
“He is my father, so I listen to most of the things he says but, yeah, 55 percent does slip through the ear and go out the other. He’d probably tell you the same thing.”
But that’s not all. Clearly a loquacious and happy-go-lucky type while off the field, Jordan was asked if he’s able to turn that off once he is on the field.
“If you see my film, I’m hitting people, I’m laying people out, and actually it’s sort of a switch because I still have the smile on but it’s for a different motive,” Jordan said. “It put the biggest smile on me to hit a quarterback and hear the wind come out of his chest. That puts my smile on me…when I hit a running back, you know, a running back could be 220 (pounds), he doesn’t have too much of a chance, so when I lay him out I put up a smile because I tell him I’m coming back next time, I’ll be there soon.”
As for Jordan on the field, he stands at 6-4 and weighs in at 287 pounds, which could make him a good fit in either a 3-4 scheme or the Vikings 4-3 alignment. He says he played all along the defensive line at Cal and feel comfortable playing anywhere.
“Initially when I came out I thought I would go to a 3-4 team,” Jordan explained. “But now I’ve played in a 4-3, I feel comfortable playing in a 4-3. I feel comfortable playing in a 3-4, two-gap situation and one-gap situation.
“I love to play football anywhere.”
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