2011 NFL Draft Watch: Is Cameron Jordan The ‘Perfect’ Selection For The Vikings?

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Cameron Jordan is one of the top ranked DL in the 2011 NFL draft. But what you might not know is his father—Steve Jordan—is the All-Time most decorated TE in Vikings history.

Over the course of 12 seasons, Jordan’s father racked up 498 receptions for 6,307 yards and 28 TDs, and even takes the cake in total career fantasy points at 808*.

The next closest Vikings TE is Stu Voigt (1970 to 1980), with Visanthe Shiancoe in line to break those numbers if he plays another 100 plus games as a Viking.

But Cameron Jordan could also be on the radar for the Vikings draft selection as well.

Yes, the Vikings need a QB more than anything, and are likely to select one of the big three (Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert or Jake Locker).

But there is no guarantee any of these players will be available by the time the Viking’s 12th pick comes rolling around.

1.       Carolina is inevitably going to select Auburn’s Cam Newton.

2.       Cincinnati  is in line to select Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert.

3.       The Washington Redskins (10th pick) have expressed a lot of interest in Washington’s Jack Locker, and are likely to pull the trigger.

Well now what?

The fact is, the Vikings could wait until the second round before targeting at QB (Andy Dalton, anyone?), and take care of some other pressing business with the D-line, which is where Cameron Jordan comes in.

Here’s a look at some of his accomplishments:

  • One of the most versatile—if not the most—defensive lineman in the draft who can play in both a 4-3 set and a 3-4 set.
  • Played in 50 of 51 possible games and made 32 starts at Cal from 2007-10.
  • Honorable mention All-American (Pro Football Weekly) and first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior in 2010 after two consecutive honorable mention All-Pac-10 campaigns in 2008 and 2009.
  • 175 tackles (88 unassisted, 87 assisted), while adding 34.0 tackles for loss (-122 yards) and 16.5 sacks (-89 yards) to rank just outside the school's all-time top 10 in each of the latter two categories.
  • Added one interception that he returned for three yards, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries that he returned for a total of 41 yards and twice for touchdowns.

Either way, the Vikings are in a sweet spot to land some prime talent for the upcoming 2011/12 season, and who knows, if Cameron Jordan does wind up in Minny maybe he too can have some TV time just like pops did.

* Fantasy points taken from ProFootballReference.com