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Hart Possess the Athleticism & Length to Thrive | NFL Draft 2024


Written By Adam Aniba


Notre Dame cornerback Cam Hart is a potential late Day 2 prospect that impressed teams during the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.


The Baltimore native offers elite length for the position, but also displays impressive athleticism and recovery speed as a boundary cover corner.


Cam Hart

6'3" 202 lbs | CB | ND

Draft Proj 3rd Rd

Career Stats (40 games)- 95 tackles (58 solo), 10.5 TFLs, 2 INTs, 15 PD, 3 FF & 1 FR

'23 Stats (12 games)-  21 tackles (15 solo), 3.0 TFLs, 4 PD 3 FF & 1 FR

Background

Cam Hart grew up in Baltimore, MD and played football for Good Council. Hart lined up at receiver and safety.


The Good Council product was named to the 2018 All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference 1st Team. In addition Hart was a standout on the track team.


Hart was ranked as the nations 32nd ranked receiver and 12th in Maryland by ESPN. Hart received multiple offers and ultimately committed to Notre Dame.


As a true freshman in 2019 Hart only played in 3 games before going down with a season-ending shoulder injury.


Fast forward to 2021, which was Hart's best season with the Fighting Irish. On the season he registered 42 total tackles (25 solo), 4 tackles for a loss, 9 passes defended and 2 interceptions.

In 2022 Hart was active in 11 games (10 starts), finishing the year with 25 total tackles (17 solo), 3 tackles for a loss and 4 passes defended.


Hart was named a team captain in 2023 as a graduate student and started all 12 games on the season. On the year, Hart recorded 21 total tackles (15 solo), 3 tackles for a loss, 4 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.


Although Hart didn't record an interception in 2023, he held Buckeyes receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. to only 32 yards on 3 receptions vs OSU (10/7).


PROS

  • Aggressive playing style in which he utilizes his length (33" arm length) in press coverage

  • Ability to be a field general and lead is evident

  • Smooth out of his backpedal with little wasted movement

  • Reliable hands, despite lack of career interceptions

  • Impressive athlete with good ball insticts

CONS

  • Despite decent timed speed (4.5 second combine forty) struggles at times to recover if out of position

  • Overall career production is statistically lacking

  • Needs to play more instinctive and take more chances in coverage

  • Only average in run-support

  • Concentration lapses occasionally led to him losing track of the ball in the air


Outlook

Hart is scheme versatile, but man coverage is where he'll thrive on the next level. The Notre Dame corner is more than suitable as a zone corner, but excels in press man where he utilizes his length & strength.


The Fighting Irish cornerback performed well during filed drills at the NFL Combine numbers and recorded a 4.5 second 40- yard dash, 1.57 second 10-yard split and a 39.5" vertical leap.


Although Hart occasionally saw reps a slot corner, he's at his best on the outside. Hart won't be confused as a ball-hawk, but his ability to mirror receivers downfield can't be understated.

The lack of career interceptions will give teams pause when looking for a cornerback early in the draft, but nonetheless Hart would represent great value as an high upside developmental corner if available late in Round 3.


*GAMES WATCHED*

9/23/23 vs OSU, 10/7 vs Louisville, 10/14 vs USC, 11/18 vs Wake Forest & 11/25 vs Stanford


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