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Ronnie Cameron Q&A
New England Patriots director of college scouting Jon Robinson, New York Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn and Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach Ron Aiken were among the NFL personnel that went to his Pro Day
The 6-foot-2, 304-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 5.22 seconds coming off a tweaked hamstring, bench pressing 225 pounds 30 times with a 30-inch vertical leap, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.60 20-yard shuttle and a 7.77 three-cone drill.
Cameron is projected a middle to later-round draft target and has a total of six official visits. He played in two all-star games.
The transfer from Hofstra is also a high-character individual who earned his undergraduate degree a master's in business administration in only 4 1/2 years.
Cameron grew up in Westbury, N.Y., after his parents came to the United States from the West Indies and started successful businesses.
He transferred when Hofstra dropped its football program. He declined an offer from Boston College after having already committed to Old Dominion.
We caught up with Cameron recently for the following interview:
Scout: What kind of football player will the NFL get with you?
Cameron: "A relentless, hard working, cerebral football player, someone who takes the intricacies of the game very seriously and does everything to get an edge on an oppornent. I'll do my best for the entire team. I'm also a leader, someone who will know when to follow, how to follow and eventually be a strong leader."
"I'm just a strong person, strong in the community, a strong role model for children, something I've been doing since I got into college. I try to be a strong person who leads by example."
Scout: What kind of example did your parents provide?
Cameron: "My mother just opened up her third day care center. My father is a mechanic. They opened their own businesses. I grew up working in their businesses. That taught me a work ethic. They came to this country with absolutely nothing and built everything from that. It was a great jumping-off point."
Scout: Where did you usually line up on defense?
Cameron: "I was a three-technique for the last couple of years in college. I also played some nose in three-down packages and some five-technique. They see me as a versatile player. Hopefully, that adds to my value. I started off in college as a defensive end and worked my way inside."
Scout: What NFL players do you emulate?
Cameron: "There are several players I try to imitate because they've had success. Growing up, I watched Warren Sapp because he's epitome of a three-technique with his penetration skils. As I get older, I look at guys like John Randle, Cortez Kennedy and Cullen Jenkins. He was versatile enough to play five-technique for the Packers and is now a sensational three-technique for the Eagles.
Scout: How did you pick Chris Cabott as your agent?
Cameron: "He was the first agent to contact me. When he contacted me and I got to know him, we shared the same values: working hard and doing the best for your family. It was a good match with someone I can trust. I made the decision based on if I ever played football again would I trust that person with my family."
Scout: Do you think your strong academic background helps you with the NFL?
Cameron: "Yeah, it shows a certain amount of maturity and work ethic on and off the field. It resonated with several teams. It adds to who I am as a person that they can trust me in the locker room. It's more of a peace of mind thing."
Scout: How did you wind up at Old Dominion?
Scout: "What we had at Hofstra was special, so it hurt at first. I actually turned down some big programs like Iowa State and Boston College. I wanted to be a man of word and keep my commitment to Old Dominion. I thank God I kept that commitment. Things worked out perfectly."
Scout: What's it like getting ready for the draft?
Cameron: "There's definitely excitement and a certain degree of anxiety. You don't know where you'll end up. It's a certain level of the unknown. The sheer fact that I'll have the opportunity to paly for an NFL franchise is a life-changing opportunity. Now, it's here and it's definitely a blessing."
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