Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The Draft Lab analyses Bruce Campbell

One series I've regularly referred to this year is ESPN's 'Draft Lab' with K.C. Joyner. This week, Bruce Campbell (OT, Maryland) was under the microscope. Joyner had previously diagnosed Anthony Davis and Trent Williams to be 'over rated', so what would he say about Campbell? You'll have to be an ESPN Insider to read the article in full, but here's the assessment:

"If I were to grade the three left tackles reviewed thus far in the Draft Lab series, I would rate Campbell No. 1, Davis No. 2 and Williams No. 3. I plan to focus on Oklahoma State Cowboys OT Russell Okung in an upcoming edition as well. Campbell is just as -- if not more -- adept at guarding the blindside as the other two and there is every reason to think he could develop into a dominant NFL run blocker. That doesn't seem to be the consensus perception of his skills and that disparity means that he receives a TFS seal of approval."

It's interesting, because's Chris Steuber voiced a different opinion on his twitter account: "I think Maryland OT Bruce Campbell needed another year to develop. He has upside, but is raw. He will be a 2nd round pick, not a 1st round pick." It's important to take into account Campbell's injury problems - he's suffered turf toe and MCL issues this year. In a down year for offensive lineman at the top of round one, will team's take prospects earlier than value suggests? After all, the left tackle position has taken on a status in the NFL only beaten by quarterbacks.


helen said...

Do you want more interesting?
In mid-October, the NFL's scheduled holiday showcase game seemed the equivalent of swine flu -- something you completely want to avoid.
Then, the prospect of watching the San Diego Chargers visit the Tennessee Titans on Christmas Day seemed dismal. The teams' combined record through Week 6 was 2-9.
But as we assess the Week 16 NFL Draft Power Rankings, this matchup is a prime ticket. The No. 3-ranked Chargers are the league's hottest team outside of Indiana, winners of nine straight games. After an 0-6 start, the No. 14-ranked Titans have won seven of eight and have a playoff pulse.
Merry Christmas!And have a good time!

Jayce said...

How would you rate all the O-Line in the draft this year? I keep hearing mixed reviews on who is good and who isn't.