Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Cameron Erving


The Kansas City Chiefs have several positions that need to be addressed in the 2015 NFL Draft. One that has become a recent need is at the center position, and the Chiefs might decide to address that early on in the draft. Cameron Erving is the best center available in the draft, and very well could be Kansas City’s first round selection.

Erving attended Florida State University for four years after redshirting in 2010. He started off as a defensive tackle for two seasons and then switched to the offensive side of the ball in 2012. Erving is considered to be the top center available in the draft.

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    • 40-yard dash – 5.15 seconds
    • Bench press – 3o reps*
    • Vertical jump – 30.5 inch
    • Broad jump – 112.0 inch*
    • 3-cone drill – 7.48 seconds*
    • 20-yard shuttle – 4.63 seconds

    * = Combine top performer

    Results courtesy of NFL.com

    Todd McShay projected that the Chiefs would indeed take Erving in the first round in his latest mock draft, which makes sense for the team. Rodney Hudson split for Oakland in free agency, and while the team has Eric Kush primed for the starting position, it might be a good idea to bring in some competition against Kush.

    "Even after trading for guard Ben Grubbs, the Chiefs still need help on their offensive line. Erving has very good length and athleticism for the center position and could step right in to replace Rodney Hudson, who signed with the Raiders in free agency, but he also has the versatility to help out at multiple spots along the line if he’s need to in 2015 or going forward, having also played left tackle in college. The addition of Jeremy Maclin in free agency makes wide receiver a less pressing need.“He plays tough, but I wouldn’t call him an intimidator out there. He’s a work in progress, but he’s going to keep getting better as he learns how to play center.” — ACC defensive line coach, NFL.com"

    Rob Rang of CBS Sports also projected that Erving would be Kansas City’s first round pick.

    "It isn’t difficult to imagine Kansas City adding to its receivers or secondary with this pick, but don’t be surprised if former offensive line coach Andy Reid pulls for Erving, who is considered the most versatile blocker in the draft. The former defensive lineman was voted the ACC’s top blocker at left tackle in 2013 and again in 2014 after a seamless midseason switch to center."

    Erving is a popular prospect in this year’s draft and will likely be off the board by the second round. I would not be surprised at all if Erving were taken by the Chiefs in the first round, and I think many fans would be content with that.

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