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 Scout.com'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.