2011 Draft: Cameron Jordan Talks Draft Day, Future with the New Orleans Saints

Eric GalkoFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) greets Cameron Jordan, #24 overall pick by the New Orleans Saints, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Cameron Jordan/Getty Images)
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One of the most personable players I've met in this draft, Saints fans should already be excited and looking forward to both his play on the field and his media interviews and fan interaction off the field as well.

Falling a bit on draft day, Jordan landed with the 2010 Super Bowl champs and added to an already solid defensive line that could give the Saints the extra kick they need to get back to the NFC championship game and beyond.

Jordan made it obvious he was not expecting landing at pick No. 24, but now that he's a part of 'Who Dat' Nation, he's ready to embrace it.

"It's a great situation to be in and an amazing opportunity to play with this team. It's amazing how the draft plays out sometimes," he said.

He'll be able to add a lot to this organization as a team. I asked Cam what he'll add most as a member of the New Orleans Saints. As always, Jordan starts with a witty, not cocky, comment.

"Other than my colorful personality? I have an explosive first step and I'm going to rely on speed and strength.

"Not yet sure [where I'll play]. So many different positions I could play. I'm willing to do anything, just excited to see how it all plays out," Jordan said.

Jordan is joined by another first-round Saints pick in former Alabama running back Mark Ingram, who already has some familiarity with the area of New Orleans.

"Only talked to for a few minutes with Mark," Jordan said. "He was obviously very excited to be there. He's already acclimated with the area."

I asked Cam about what his plans are now that he's drafted and what he'll be doing before he joins his teammates with the Saints.

"I just need to keep training back in Cal, hope I can hear more from my teammates until we can play together," he said. "I've talked to Mark and about where he's training and I may go down and train with him a little too."

As I'd imagine just about every young man who plays in college and even in the NFL, they've not only heard of the Madden video game, but also is an avid player. Jordan was asked what he think his rating could be.

"Hopefully higher than I was coming into college. I think I was the worst rating ever in the game. I think I was like a 47. I was like a lumbering, slob of a player. So hopefully higher than that."

I think he's pretty safe there, and I think the Saints will be awfully happy getting a defensive player who may end up being the drafts best pass rusher in a few years.

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