2011 NFL Draft: Trio Of USC Trojans Selected By AFC Teams

Outside of Tyron Smith, who was picked ninth overall by the Dallas Cowboys, the USC Trojans have had three players drafted: DT Jurrell Casey to Tennessee, CB Shareece Wright to San Diego, and TE Jordan Cameron to Cleveland.

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2011 NFL Draft: Four USC Trojans Selected In First Four Rounds

A trio of USC Trojans have been selected after the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Offensive tackle Tyron Smith was taken ninth overall, by the Dallas Cowboys, on Thursday, and three of his teammates have been drafted on Friday and Saturday. Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, cornerback Shareece Wright, and tight end Jordan Cameron were drafted by AFC teams.

Casey was picked 77th overall, the 13th pick of the third round, by the Tennessee Titans. "During the draft process, Casey slid down the draft board as the loaded crop of defensive linemen pulled away and Casey dropped," said Brian Floyd of SB Nation. "But Casey may be better than where he was drafted and many analysts had him high on their positional big boards, ranking him among the top-5 defensive linemen to start the draft." Wright was taken by the San Diego Chargers in the third round, with the 89th overall pick. Cameron was selected in the fourth round, the 102nd overall pick, by the Cleveland Browns.

For more USC Trojans football news, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles. Also, follow the draft at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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2011 NFL Draft: NFL Scout Touts Jordan Cameron's Upside

Whichever team drafts Jordan Cameron will have to understand that he is not a finished product. He only played tight end in major college football this past season at USC. But Cameron has incredible athletic talent, and the potential to develop into a serious threat as a tight end. But Cameron knows that his path to the NFL has been made a little bit easier by the success of other basketball players turned tight ends like Antonio Gates, but most recently Jimmy Graham; according to Mike Triplett of NOLA.com.

"It didn't hurt how well he did," Cameron said during a break between pre-draft visits to Oakland, Tampa Bay, Miami and New Orleans during the past week. "I get a lot of comparisons to him. So obviously it helps me for a guy like that to show that guys like us can make the transition and succeed early in the NFL."

An NFL scout in attendance of one of Cameron's recent workout compared him favorably to Graham, saying that Cameron had even more upside. If he can show a team that he has the ability to perform the technical aspects of being a tight end (blocking, route-running), he could be a very rapid climber up NFL draft boards.

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2011 NFL Draft: USC Tight End Jordan Cameron Moving Up Mock Draft Boards

Jordan Cameron started out his Collegiate athletic career as a basketball player at BYU. He then transferred to as a basketball player and wide receiver. He moved to full time tight end this past year, and caught just 16 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Those aren't the kind of numbers that normally warrant a selection in the NFL Draft, but Cameron has impressive athleticism for a tight end, and that has helped him climb up Draft Boards and earn some visits across the league. According to NOLA.com, Cameron will be visiting with the Saints.

After striking gold with basketball player-turned-tight end Jimmy Graham in last year's NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints are taking an extended look at this year's version, USC tight end Jordan Cameron. He is scheduled to make a pre-draft visit in New Orleans on Sunday and Monday.

New Orleans isn't the only team that has interest in the extremely raw prospect, according to the National Football Post at Yahoo, Cameron will also be visiting with the Dolphins and Buccaneers later this week.

We'll be covering Cameron's draft experience in this stream, but check out Conquest Chronicles for more on the Trojans.

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