Tag:Bruce Campbell
Posted on: April 24, 2010 10:12 am
Edited on: April 24, 2010 10:36 am

4th is where workout warriors make sense

I'll admit that I was one of the media members who bought a little into the hype with workout warriors Everson Griffen and Bruce Campbell, the defensive end and offensive tackle from USC and Maryland, respectively.

Based on the film, however, I've steadily argued that they were being overrated and that some team was going to be disappointed if they invested a top 50 pick in them.

Griffen, in particular, is likely to disappoint. He signed with USC as one of the truly elite prep talents in the country, but had been a significant disappointment until this past season. Even this year, it was obvious that his motor ran hot and cold.

With Campbell, the classic "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane" description applies.

Both, however, are well worth a 4th round pick, as they have the prerequisite athleticism and build to play in the NFL.

And after earning so much media hype throughout their respective careers, dropping to the fourth round could provide a very effective serving of humble pie.

Motivated, both players could develop into starters. Considering we're 100 picks into the draft (99, technically, with the selection of Mardy Gilyard by the Rams), the timing is right.

EDIT --- The Minnesota Vikings must have thought so too, taking Griffen with the 100th pick.
EDIT 2 --- The Oakland Raiders used the 106th pick on Campbell.

Posted on: February 27, 2010 3:28 pm

Maryland OT Bruce Campbell dazzles in drills

Characterized by some as the Vernon Davis of offensive tackles, Maryland's Bruce Campbell proved just as dazzling in Combine drills today as his fellow former Terp did in 2006.

Campbell, who measured in at 6-6 1/2 and 316 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds, according to NFL.com. The time was the fastest recorded by any offensive lineman tested Saturday. Campbell also lifted 225 pounds 34 times -- an especially impressive total considering his very long (36 1/2") arms.

More important to scouts than Campbell's speed and explosive power, however, was how easily he moved in drills. Campbell has a very deep kick-step, showing good balance and the agility to slide laterally in "mirroring" his opponent.

The eye-popping test results speak to what we've been saying about Campbell for months. In terms of potential, Bruce Campbell is the best tackle talent in this draft. With only 17 career starts, however, he remains a very raw prospect.

Vernon Davis used his spectacular workout to leap into the top ten, ultimately being the sixth overall pick by the 49ers in 2006. Expect to see a team make a similarly aggressive move for Campbell based on his potential. The Raiders, who own the eighth pick, are a logical candidate due to their need for a left tackle and owner Al Davis' affinity for great athletes.

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