With the center position being such an important part of every NFL offense, there’s no doubt that former Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving was quite the valuable commodity heading into the 2015 NFL draft. After playing a major role in the Seminoles’ success during his time in Tallahassee, Erving appears set to make a big impact at the professional level.
Erving’s Biggest Strengths
Although Erving did his damage at center during his college years, perhaps his overall biggest strength is the fact that he can play all five positions on the offensive line. There’s a good chance that he’ll be moved around a bit because of that fact, but obviously the flexibility that you get with a player like that is a franchise’s dream.
Erving really has all the tools that you’re looking for in an offensive lineman, as his size, strength, and solid footwork will all help him succeed at the NFL level. His athleticism is pretty fantastic for someone his size, which is certainly a big reason why he can play center, guard, or tackle in the league. He’s also proven to be an excellent lineman to have in the running game.
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Erving’s Biggest Weaknesses
While his run blocking is outstanding at the moment, he might still need a little work when it comes to pass protection. Consistency was also a minor concern during his run at Florida State, but that will come with time after plenty of reps in the league.
The thing about Erving is that he already has such a strong base that he’s only going to get better given the amount of high-quality training that he’ll receive in the NFL. He simply has no glaring weaknesses that should prevent him from being a good lineman for many years to come.
Assessing Erving’s NFL Future
There are always some concerns when a young player heads to Cleveland to play for the Browns. That’s due to the fact that the Browns haven’t always made the best moves when it comes to on-field talent, so Erving will be looking to cement his place in the lineup sooner rather than later.
With the Browns already having a solution at the center position, again, there shouldn’t be anyone that is shocked if Erving winds up playing somewhere else on the line this season. Eventually, he’s going to be Cleveland’s go-to-man at center, but right now, he may be needed elsewhere. This will allow him to learn other positions at the pro level, which will be nothing but helpful going forward.
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