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2013 draft class has NFL pedigree

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Several members of the 2013 class of NFL hopefuls have a family pedigree in the National Football League.

Before he was the starting quarterback and NCAA record-setting signal-caller at Louisiana Tech University, Colby Cameron was the youngest member of a family that produced one NFL player and a college basketball player.

Now, Cameron -- the younger brother of Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron -- is preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, two years after his older brother went through the draft process. He recently competed as a throwing quarterback at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

“He just said it’s a good process, where you just have to stay tuned and keep focusing and working hard, not pay attention to a lot of the critics and you can only do what you’re in control of,” the younger Cameron said. “I think that’s what he did and (with) his work ethic, I looked up to him my whole life. Just seeing what he has done and how he responds to all of the critics, I think that’s how I look at it.”

Cameron said he enjoys having an older brother who has gone through the NFL Draft process because it allows him to get an accurate opinion of what lies ahead.

“I think it makes it nice just because you can be so honest with someone,” Cameron said. “You don’t have to try to be nice. I can honestly ask him how he feels and he’ll tell me. I think that makes the process easier to where we have a truer understanding of how things work.”

In addition to his older brother, the youngest Cameron followed in his sister, Brynn’s, footsteps. While Jordan lettered in football at the University of Southern California after transferring from BYU, Brynn was a member of USC’s women’s basketball team.

“I was the baby, so they always beat up on me,” Colby said. “It made it nice, looking up to them and having them keep me humble.”

Cameron was one of many athletes at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine to have family members playing in the league.

Former University of Colorado offensive lineman David Bakhtiari watched his older brother, Eric, play for the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs.

The younger Bakhtiari said his older brother has helped “a tremendous amount” throughout the build-up to the 2013 NFL Draft.

“I made a promise to him that if I went to college at Colorado, I would work my tail off to get to the next level, which he was at, and then, we’d have to go against each other,” Bakhtiari said. “Now, our object is to play on the same team, or line up against each other on Sunday.

“He helped me through this whole process, through every little thing of deciding whether to come out, all my time at Colorado, improving my game, and even now, he was helping me train, learn the ins and outs, and becoming a better football player and a better person.”

While Cameron and Bakhtiari have relied on their older brothers, former Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long used competition between his older brother, St. Louis Rams defensive lineman, Chris, and Pro Football Hall of Fame father, Howie, to help him elevate his game.

“As I’m sure most households with three boys, things are very competitive,” Long said. “Add to the fact that my mom’s extremely competitive as well. She was a swimmer and stuff in high school, and my dad played a little bit of sports. Things were very competitive and you grow up and you’re bound to want to compete, whether it’s racing up the stairs when you get home, anything. We compete, just like most of the guys (in the draft class).”