The Cleveland Browns haven’t had much success at the tight end position over the years. The Browns haven’t had a tight end surpass three receiving touchdowns in a season since Kellen Winslow back in 2007.
The Browns hope to have solved this problem by drafting athletic tight end Jordan Cameron in the 2011 draft. Cameron didn’t put up the crazy statistics in college, having only played one full season at USC after transferring from BYU. But his athletic ability was well noted, having also played on the Trojan basketball team.
At 6-foot-5, 254 pounds with a 4.59 40-yard dash time, Cameron possesses the ability to be an opposing defense’s nightmare, and a great security blanket for QB Brandon Weeden. Having been placed behind veterans Benjamin Watson and Alex Smith, Cameron has not been able to display that ability up to this point. In his two seasons since being drafted, Cameron has hauled in 26 receptions and only one touchdown.
But as the 2013 season is approaching, there have been some changes on the Browns Roster. First off, Cameron is now the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart after the departures of Watson and Smith. There have also been some coaching changes that will most likely play into Cameron’s favor. New Head Coach Rob Chudzinski was a long time tight ends coach in the league and was able to get career seasons out of Antonio Gates, Kellen Winslow and Greg Olsen. The Browns have also added Norv Turner to take over as offensive coordinator, an offensive mind that seems to always get his tight ends involved.
For fantasy purposes, I would not count on Cameron as my starting tight end for Week 1, but rather a wait-and-see player that could provide tremendous upside. His current average draft position (167.0) suggests he will be around for the taking as one of your last picks in the draft, a small risk fantasy owners should be willing to take.