Houston (2020), SMU (2020), Memphis (2020)
The ability to use his power and quick hands to his advantage when rushing the passer and breaking off of blocks is evident in his play. Sample is a tough DE/OLB that uses quick rip and swim moves to beat offensive linemen to the inside. When Sample engages contact with ball carriers, he is able to wrap them up with a good form and aggressiveness. This is an edge rusher that excels with better power and balance when he gains more leverage at the POA.
Explosiveness when rushing the passer or simply all around is not evident in his play. This is not a consistent edge rusher that will disrupt plays on every drive. There is not a high running motor in his game and Sample lacks the endurance to chase down ball carriers. Developing more flexibility and drive when rushing the passer will improve his game greatly. Sample first step off the snap was also very inconsistent with a quick burst to give him an advantage at the POA.
Cameron Sample out of the University of Tulane is an OLB/DE that is a tough edge rusher that was able to recognize plays at a good level for Tulane’s defense. Sample was able to make clean formed tackles on backs and shoot into gaps to help slow down ball carriers. However, Sample is an edge rusher that is very raw and has many weaknesses. This is not an edge rusher with a high running motor that will make plays all over the field. He has an inconsistent first step off the LOS and needs to develop more flexibility when rushing the passer. Sample does however rush the passer with quickness which grants him an advantage in his rip and swim moves. Sample uses his quick hands well to break off blocks at the POA. Overall, Sample is a developmental player that should be drafted as an 3-4 OLB in my opinion. He should be selected in the 4th round at the earliest.
There is a clear lack of explosiveness to fly around and make huge tackles for his team. Sample is able to move with quickness when rushing the passer at the POA and reacting when a play is unfolding. The ability to have lateral agility was not present at the LOS. Sample is not a rusher that is very flexible and plays much stiffer when rushing the passer. His play strength is straight power, and one burst moves but not a whole lot of speed. Sample relates in having better balance when having better leverage at the POA.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
At times, there was a quick-first step off the LOS that allowed him to gain an advantage when rushing the passer. Then there were times where the burst off the snap was not there and his feet stopped moving. Sample does however use his active hands to an advantage in disengaging blocks in the run and pass. He was able to gain some good rushes off quick rip and swim moves to the inside of offensive linemen. More bend in his knees would allow him to gain even more leverage at the POA. There is not a huge finishing ability, and it seems he does not carry a high amount of stamina when rushing at the QB.
Against The Run:
There were times where Sample was able to shoot from the C-gap and make tackles on the ball carriers. He does not shed off of run blocks at a high rate, but he was able to make some tackles off the edge when plays were running to his side. Containing the edge and forcing backs to the inside is not always evident on film. Sample does have some range, but the lack of endurance causes him to not complete theses plays. When he engages within contact with a ball carrier, he does do a good job at completely wrapping them up.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability