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.