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2015 NFL DRAFT

Michael Campanaro, WR

School: Wake Forest  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Clarksville, MD
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 192 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
195275-6
Player News
05/12/2014 - As former Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro left the Ravens' offices in April after auditioning for coaches at their annual local prospects workout, he had a strong gut feeling that it wouldn't be his last time at team headquarters. Campanaro was correct in his assessment. The Ravens traded back into the seventh round Saturday to acquire him, sending their 2015 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to draft the River Hill graduate with the 218th overall selection. "I felt like I got a great vibe from some of the coaches and definitely felt comfortable just being there, being from the area," said Campanaro, who grew up in Clarksville. "I definitely thought Baltimore was a potential landing spot for me entering the draft."

During his workout for the Ravens, Campanaro was forced to take nearly every snap when another player pulled a muscle. That helped convince Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta about Campanaro being a worthy investment for a trade. "I think he's shifty, I think he's tough, I think he's very quick," DeCosta said. "He plays the slot, which is kind of a niche position and does that very, very well. He's a good run-after-catch guy. He can catch punts. He should have a chance to contribute. Mike basically took every single rep during that workout, and it was impressive. In my mind, it tipped the scales to him being a good prospect for us. "We thought it was a good trade for us based on the board and the feelings we had about Mike and it's kind of a no-brainer. There's a need for a guy like him. He has a unique skill set. We think he brings something different to the team and we think he can compete." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Campanaro patterns his game after NFL slot wide receivers like the Denver Broncos' Wes Welker, the New England Patriots' Danny Amendola and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown. Campanaro, though, had superior workout numbers to Welker and Amendola from when they entered the NFL. Campanaro ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the NFL scouting combine and had a 39-inch vertical leap, a 10-2 broad jump, a 6.77 three-cone drill and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times. "I'm always studying those guys and just learning from different things they do," Campanaro said. "Those guys are great competitors. You can study their game and take things from their game and incorporate them into yours." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 7/218 - Michael Campanaro, WR, 5-9, 192, Wake Forest...A classic slot receiver with quickness, sound hands and crisp route-running skills, Campanaro is athletic, too. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, had a 39-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times at the NFL scouting combine. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR-Michael Campanaro, Sr., Wake Forest (20)...Despite playing in just eight games, Campanaro was one of the top receivers in the conference. He hauled in 67 passes for 803 yards and six touchdowns. He broke Desmond Clark's school-record for career receptions this season and finished his career with 229 career grabs. He was also third in career receiving yards with 2,506. - Wake Forest football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5-11, 190, Sr.-R, Clarksville, Md. (102)...Despite playing in just eight games, Campanaro was one of the top receivers in the conference. He hauled in 67 passes for 803 yards and six touchdowns. He broke Desmond Clark's school-record for career receptions this season and finished his career with 229 career grabs. He was also third in career receiving yards with 2,506. - Wake Forest football

11/04/2013 - Wake Forest senior wide receiver Michael Campanaro's college career might be over. He suffered a broken collar bone against Syracuse on Saturday and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks before he's ready to return to the field. And with Wake Forest currently at four wins and Florida State, Duke and Vanderbilt left on the schedule, there is a good chance the Demon Deacons won't reach the necessary six wins to become bowl-eligible.

Campanaro, who is Wake Forest's all-time leading receiver, isn't the biggest or fastest, but he's a savvy, reliable pass-catcher who is competitive at the catch point and maneuvers well in his routes to hold defensive backs. His detailed-oriented approach and ability to work the soft spots in zones makes him a quarterback's best friend and will endear him to pro teams. Despite the injury, Campanaro grades as a solid third day draft pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, Sr.-R, WR, 5-11, 190, Clarksville, Md.,...Campanaro hauled in 12 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns in Wake Forest's 28-13 win over NC State. Campanaro caught scoring passes of 10 and 27 yards from quarterback Tanner Price, and 10 of his 12 receptions resulted in first downs for Wake Forest. The big receiving day gave Campanaro a total of 206 receptions for his career and into second place on Wake Forest's all-time list, just 10 behind the school record of 216 set by Desmond Clark from 1995-98. - ACC football

10/06/2013 - Tanner Price threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to help Wake Forest beat North Carolina State 28-13 on Saturday, extending its mastery of the Wolfpack at home. Michael Campanaro caught two of Price's scoring throws in a huge performance of his own, helping the Demon Deacons (3-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) earn their sixth straight win against N.C. State in Winston-Salem.

N.C. State (3-2, 0-2) hasn't won here in a dozen years in a mystifying streak. The only common thread is longtime Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, who coaxed the best performance of the season from an underachieving veteran team at the perfect time. Price threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-high 82 more, while Campanaro had 12 catches for 153 yards. His second touchdown, a 27-yard grab on a perfect throw from Price, put Wake Forest in control with a two-touchdown fourth-quarter lead. - AP Sports

09/11/2013 - WR Michael Campanaro played his first game of the season after skipping the opener with a hamstring injury. He posted team highs of five catches for 86 yards, including scoring the Demon Deacons' only touchdown against Boston College. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - Scouting the passing game: WR Michael Campanaro was back for the Boston College game, scoring Wake Forest's lone touchdown with a diving catch. He missed the opener, and that put a dent in the passing attack. Still, there haven't been signs that Campanaro can carry the team as a receiver, and he needs help. Don't be surprised if the Demon Deacons trend back to more passing plays if the rushing attack doesn't start to come through. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Michael Campanaro is one of the most versatile players in the ACC, and he needs to be going at a good clip in order for the Demon Deacons to get the most out of their offense. He caught a touchdown pass last week at Boston College after missing the opener with a hamstring injury. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2013 - Scouting the Wake Forest passing game: The Demon Deacons are prone to rely on WR Michael Campanaro and he figures to be available for the Boston College game after sitting out the first game with a slight hamstring ailment. Even with him out, there were catches by only four Wake Forest players in the game. A good thing was the emergence of WR Jonathan Williams, who caught a team-high five passes for 143 yards. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: WR Michael Campanaro - He's a go-to player, and the Demon Deacons want the ball in his hands as much as possible. When he suffered a broken hand last season and missed two games, the Demon Deacons didn't have the firepower to replace him. He has caught at least one pass in 21 consecutive games in which he has played. He also gives the Demon Deacons an element in the rushing attack because he's involved in some packages when he'll be getting the ball behind the line of scrimmage. His versatility is one of his biggest traits. - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2013 - TOP WAKE FOREST PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Michael Campanaro (5-foot-11, 195 pounds, 4.52)...One of the most productive pass catchers in the ACC, Campanaro has clearly established himself as the go-to weapon on the Wake Forest offense. He has produced 152 catches the past two seasons (73 in 2011, 79 in 2012) and needs just 55 receptions as a senior in 2013 to break the school record for catches, held by Desmond Clark (1995-98) with 216 grabs. Campanaro averaged an ACC-best 7.9 catches per game last season, which ranked top 10 in the nation, and he finished with a team high in receiving yards (763) and touchdown catches (6).

He isn't the biggest or the fastest, but Campanaro wins with his savvy routes and natural hands, setting up his moves well at all levels of the field to catch defenders off balance and create space with his short-area quickness. He is used all over the field by the Wake Forest offense but does some of his best work from the slot, where he can use the middle of the field and take advantage of mismatches against linebackers or safeties. Campanaro plays the position like a seasoned veteran and will bring a strong resume to the NFL with another productive season for the Demon Deacons. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: WR Michael Campanaro was in line to approach a 100-catch season if not for a broken hand that caused him to miss two full games and most of another, not to mention being a little rusty upon his return to the lineup. He has speed and a knack for finding holes in defenses, plus the willingness to make tough catches. - The Sports Xchange

07/24/2013 - 2013 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): WR Michael Campanaro, WF, (20), Sr., Clarksville, Md.,...Campanaro has caught 152 passes over the past two seasons. In just 10 games last season, he hauled in 79 receptions for 763 yards and six touchdowns while garnering second team All-ACC honors.

Campanaro enters the 2013 season with a streak of 21 straight games with at least one reception. He ranks fifth in school history with 162 career receptions and needs just 55 receptions to break Desmond Clark's school record of 216 catches, set from 1995-98. Top Four in Voting By Position: Wide Receiver: 1. Sammy Watkins, CL (57)...2. Michael Campanoro, WF (20)...3. Stefon Diggs, MD (19)...4. Rashad Greene, FSU (10). - Wake Forest football

07/19/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, SR...The Clarksville, Md. native, has caught 152 passes over the past two seasons. In just 10 games last season, he hauled in 79 receptions for 763 yards and six touchdowns while garnering second team All-ACC honors. Campanaro enters the 2013 season with a streak of 21 straight games with at least one reception. He ranks fifth in school history with 162 career receptions and needs just 55 receptions to break Desmond Clark's school record of 216 catches, set from 1995-98. - Wake Forest football

07/12/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest...The Clarksville, Md. native, has caught 152 passes over the past two seasons. In just 10 games last season, he hauled in 79 receptions for 763 yards and six touchdowns while garnering second team All-ACC honors. Campanaro enters the 2013 season with a streak of 21 straight games with at least one reception. He ranks fifth in school history with 162 career receptions and needs just 55 receptions to break Desmond Clark's school record of 216 catches, set from 1995-98. - Wake Forest football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - As former Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro left the Ravens' offices in April after auditioning for coaches at their annual local prospects workout, he had a strong gut feeling that it wouldn't be his last time at team headquarters. Campanaro was correct in his assessment. The Ravens traded back into the seventh round Saturday to acquire him, sending their 2015 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to draft the River Hill graduate with the 218th overall selection. "I felt like I got a great vibe from some of the coaches and definitely felt comfortable just being there, being from the area," said Campanaro, who grew up in Clarksville. "I definitely thought Baltimore was a potential landing spot for me entering the draft."

During his workout for the Ravens, Campanaro was forced to take nearly every snap when another player pulled a muscle. That helped convince Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta about Campanaro being a worthy investment for a trade. "I think he's shifty, I think he's tough, I think he's very quick," DeCosta said. "He plays the slot, which is kind of a niche position and does that very, very well. He's a good run-after-catch guy. He can catch punts. He should have a chance to contribute. Mike basically took every single rep during that workout, and it was impressive. In my mind, it tipped the scales to him being a good prospect for us. "We thought it was a good trade for us based on the board and the feelings we had about Mike and it's kind of a no-brainer. There's a need for a guy like him. He has a unique skill set. We think he brings something different to the team and we think he can compete." - The Sports Xchange

 

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