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Campbell Blows Up The Combine; Other Combine News

Bruce Campbell, like I, and many others predicted Blew-Up at the Combine.

Bruce Campbell ran an official 4.85 40 yard dash at 6’6 and 315 pounds. Campbell also threw up 34 bench presses at 225, had arms of 36 1/4 inch and had hands 10.5 inch hands.

If you read the profile above you will see that I am FOR drafting Bruce Campbell at 15th overall.

Now, Campbell is NOT JUST a workout warrior. Darrius Heyward Bey (coincidentally from Maryland as well) was JUST a workout warrior. Campbell was also very productive during the season.

Productive college player+ELITE athletic ability+OT position=low bust rate. 

Campbell’s range is ALL OVER the place. Profootballtalk.com rerports there are some teams who give him a 4th round grade…which is ridiculous to me. He was productive in college…K.C. Joyner’s (Football scientist) did a report that showed Campbell was very productive in college.

Here’s a snipit from NFL.com/combine preview page (one of the better scouting ones around)

Campbell possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism for an offensive lineman. Uses hand punch effectively. Excels in pass protection and can handle speed rushers off the edge. Does a good job of sustaining his blocks. Is a competitive performer. Exhibits impressive initial quickness out of his stance in the running game.

Now, speculation is rampid that Campbell now has NO shot of making it past 8th overall because we knew two things: one the Raiders need an OL (and a QB) and two: Al Davis loves physical specimens.

Trent Williams showed up much better than I thought, which could be bad. I’m NOT a huge fan of Trent Williams.

He could be an O.K. player, but I don’t like him nearly as much as I like Bruce Campbell or Bryan Baluga.

Trent Williams ran a 4.88 at the combine (fast for an OL). Measured in at 6’5 34.24 long arms, weighed in at 315 pounds. He put only 225 up only 23 times.

Williams is an intense run blocker that played on the left side his senior year but will find a better fit as a right tackle at the next level. He has good size, but could still add quite a bit of bulk after a few years in the NFL. He does a good job of playing over his feet on run blocks which allows him to sustain blocks and redirect with movement. Once he smells blood he will drive opponents into the ground. As a pass blocker he shows good technique but lacks the top lateral range to stay with premier pass rushers coming off the edge.

 

Those are two who showed up pretty well.

Two OL who struggled:
Bryan Bulaga

Bulaga measured in at 6’5 and 315 pounds. Bulaga ran a 5.26 40 yard das. He had 26 bench press reps. Bulaga also had 33.25 inch long arms, which isn’t great (there were only 2 OL with shorter arms). Bulaga also has small hands at 9.25 inch hands (Hakeem Nicks hands are larger, but he’s a freak’ Nicks hands were bigger than all OL drafted in the first round last year but one, I believe)

Bulaga is a good, not a great, talent as a left tackle. Like most Iowa linemen he will come into the league with a good understanding of the game as well as the position he plays. He understands angles and blocking schemes and is quick to recognize and adjust to games up front. He is quick to set the edge and knows how to get a good fit with his hands but will struggle when speed rushers transfer that speed into power. He can be inconsistent with his footwork and is not an elite athlete for the position but there is enough there to make an eventual starter at left tackle.

This just goes right along with what you’d expected out of Baulaga though.  Fortuantely this may cause him to DROP and be available at 15…there was a lot of momentum recently for him moving into the top 10.

It could be a blessing in disguise for a team (ahem…Giants! looking for what could be a dominating RT at the N.F.L. level to pair with a very athletic LT…William Beatty)

Also struggling was Rutgers Anthony Davis. David has moved up to Scouts INC’s number FOUR overall rated prospect. And there were a lot of people who believe he won’t fall any further than 9th (the Bills) during the draft.

Davis was 6’5 and weighed in at 325 pounds. 34 inch long arms 10 1/8 inch hand span. He ran a 5.35 40 and only managed 21 reps.

This is GOOD for the New York Giants. Russel Okung is the #1 tackle in this class.  Anthony Davis has the most potential and was productive in college.

Davis is bordering on one of those yikes! prospects though. There are questions about his work-ethic and self-discipline. (I’m a believer that you have to LOVE football to succeed in the N.F.L….this is a job where you get beat up everyday you go to work you won’t be successful if you dont’ love it).

Davis has supreme talent andI don’t think he doesn’t love football I think he just might love food and might have less than otpimal conditioning.

Davis is a prototypical left tackle in that he is a good foot athlete and has bulk as well as long arms that allow him to get a fit and control opponents as he steers them on by the pocket. He is not a natural knee bender and will let his pads get too far forward as he extends to sustain his blocks. He can slide and shuffle with an edge rusher and has the body control and foot agility to react and adjust to counter moves. He has shown a tendency to gain too much weight and will need to be monitored. He has strong hands and upper body and can swallow opponents up on the run block but does not finish his blocks off as much as he could. He will need some time to develop but could end up as a starting left tackle in a couple of years.

For the Giants, who I think already have the LT of the future (my opinion) Davis could become a very good RT soon for the Giants.

 

What does it mean?

Well it means that two players who were becoming mortal locks to go in the Top ten now have questions which could provide great value for a team outside the top 10 if these players fall.

Bulaga is a good Football Player. He’s not an elite  athlete. He’ s a technician who works hard and has more than enough atleticism to succeed in the N.F.L.

Davis is a good on the field worker who has some technique issues but could become a perennial pro-bowler.

Trent Williams might be a good player in the N.F.L, but he scares me.

I’ll continue to post stuff as more groups do their things.

And I’ll post more later as the WRs and RB are showing off today.

For those of you interested in Defense (which most of us are)…you’ll have to wait until tommorrow and Tuesday

Monday:

DL

DL

LB

Tuesday:
DB

DB

Prospect Profiles:

DT Lamarr Houston

RB Jahvid Best

OT Trent Williams

Derrick Morgan

OL Mike Iupati

S Chad Jones

OLB/DE Sergio Kindle

ILB Sean Lee

S Eric Berry

OT Bruce Campbell

ILB Daryl Washington

DT/NT Dan Williams (Updated with K.C. Joyner’s Draft Lab 2/7)

CB Kyle Wilson

DT Jared Odrick

DE Carlos Dunlap

ILB Micah Johnson

DT Arthur Jones

OT Bryan Baluga

OT Anthony Davis (UPDATED 2/5/10)

DT Brian Price

ILB Brandon Spikes

S Earl Thomas

ILB Rolando McClain

RB C.J. Spiller

S Taylor Mays


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5 Responses to “Campbell Blows Up The Combine; Other Combine News”

  1. jeremy says:

    i am a fan of bruce Campbell, but if davis falls to us that is the best conciliation prize ever. Eli wouldnt get touched ever if you paired him with beatty on the other side with snee and diehl anchoring the middle. I Am very excited about this season.

    Question; what DT are likely to slip to pick 46?

  2. 2nd round DT are possibly:

    Lamarr Houston (last profiled)
    Cam Thomas
    Arthur Jones
    D’Anthony Smith
    Geno Atkins
    Vince Oghobasse
    Tyson Alualu

    They won’t all go in the 2nd round, but there are teams who will have each of these players rated as high as 2nd round.

  3. jeremy says:

    i just read about Rennie Curran from Gerogia he sounds a good MLB prospect. Could you give a combine report and a prospect profile on him. he said to be drafted around the third round i was wondering if he’d be a good it for us.

  4. const says:

    this would be a mistake of epic proportions to take this guy at #15. He didn’t even make any all-ACC teams (first, second, or third).

    This guys IS a workout warrior. We don’t need that, we need players.

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