Cameron Jordan: Browns tried to draft me, thinking I was Jordan Cameron

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Who doesn’t love a good story about a Browns draft day foible?

Cameron Jordan has a good one. Jordan, a defensive end who was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, said on the Dan Patrick Show that the day after the Saints selected him, he got a call from the Browns, telling him they were going to pick him. It turns out the Browns actually wanted to draft tight end Jordan Cameron, but they had the names mixed up.

“I got drafted in the first round, he got drafted in the [fourth] round,” Jordan said. “I got a call from the Browns. They’re like, ‘Hey, we’re about to select you.’ I’m like, ‘I’m good, actually, I’ve already been selected, but if you want to send that check I’ll take that.’ . . . I’ll take two signing bonuses but I refuse to go to Cleveland.”

The situation was resolved and Jordan Cameron played for the Browns for four years. Cameron Jordan remains on the Saints.

26 responses to “Cameron Jordan: Browns tried to draft me, thinking I was Jordan Cameron

  1. wasn’t there a similar story with Alex Smith the TE and Alex Smith the QB? Some team that wanted to bring the QB in for a pre-draft workout contacted the TE and had him come in, or vice versa. Something like that.

  2. fwippel says:
    January 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    And to this day, the two of them have never been photographed together.

    But did appear on an episode of ‘The League’ together!

  3. As fun as it is to mock the Browns, there is nothing to see here. This wasn’t an outright mixup between prospects; it clearly was a mix up between phone numbers that the team had. Some intern or other lower-down front office member likely accidentally mislabeled the number or pulled up the wrong one for the coach who made the call, and that’s all there was to it.

  4. Funny how hard it is to remember which incarnation of the moronic Browns front office was responsible for the drafts over the years. I think it was the actually kind of solid GM, Tom Heckert, under horrible czar, Mike Holmgren, at the time.

    PLEASE let those days be behind us, Mr.Dorsey!

  5. 1. This is old news, it was reported right after it happened.
    2. Never trust a man with three first names. Brian James Jeffery, you know what you did!

  6. Could be worse. The Browns could have thought he was James Cameron and couldn’t figure out how he went from directing films such as Terminator 2, Titanic, and Avatar to playing football.

  7. This was a draft joke in the T.V. show The League where eventually both Cameron Jordan and Jordan Cameron both appeared.

  8. Back in the ’60s the pats almost drafted a dead guy in the 3rd round. Luckily there was a guy in the room who knew the player had died.

    The same draft their 1st round pick was in the hospital after leg surgery and the pats didn’t know about that either.

    Browns fans, hang in there. Your team has made great strides of late.

  9. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    January 30, 2019 at 3:18 pm
    I’ll be honest, I get them confused too
    The only way I keep it straight is remembering that the Saints player has a father who was great TE for the Vikings, Steve Jordan

  10. This was old news. It was an error I’m pretty sure other teams staffers would have made had they been interested in the less well know Jordan Cameron who ended up being a draft steal and something that got joked about around the league during the years both played.

    The GM that happened to was the late Tom Heckart who had an eye for late round talent and went on to win a Superbowl with the Broncos so his reputation probably wasn’t effected by it. An intern thinking that the phone number for Cameron Jordon was just Jordan Cameron filed by last name seems like an easy mistake to make.

  11. To be fair I was pretty confused when they drafted Jordon Cameron and thought it was an error. I had heard plenty about CJ but not JC. And yes, I wondered if they screwed it up thinking he was CJ. Because… Browns.

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