Sleeper Alert: Cameron Wake Is The Real Deal!

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIJuly 3, 2010

Back in 2008, an NFL castoff recorded a CFL-high 23 sacks on his way to his second straight Defensive Player of the Year award.  In 2009 he recorded 5.5 sacks on very limited playing time behind Joey Porter and Jason Taylor.

The reality is that Taylor and Porter are both gone and Wake has a chance to start in the NFL.  Some people are going as far as saying that he could post double digit sacks in this upcoming season and I am one of them.

At 6'3" 250lbs, Wake is at an ideal size for an OLB.  Aside from that he also has a tremendous first step and lateral quickness.

Jason Taylor, in an interview with Dennis Dillon of the Sporting News Magazine said: "I think—maybe five years from now, maybe one year from now—people in Miami will quickly forget about me and talk about Cameron Wake because I think he has that kind of talent."

That's pretty high praise from a future Hall of Famer.  He also talked about how he learned a lot from playing behind himself and Joey Porter, and should be well prepared to be a 3-down Linebacker this season.

His time spent in the CFL has also humbled him.  Saying that guys there are truly playing for the love of the game and not just the money.  That kind of experience can help Wake in the fact that he knows not to take his opportunity for granted.

There are alot of breakout candidates for the upcoming 2010 NFL season, but I think that Cameron Wake has maybe the most potential of all of them.

If he steps up, along with the additions of Karlos Dansby and Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins can make a serious run at the playoffs this year.  Of course only if Chad Henne lives up to his promise as well.

Cameron Wake has some pretty special talents.  We will see this year whether or not he can use them to his fullest potential.  Overall I have high hopes for this journeyman and think that he could be one of the nice stories of the 2010 season, a season marred by contract disputes and suspensions.

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