The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell was the master of the big play for the Buckeyes and now will look to do the same in the NFL.
Position: Wide Receiver
2018 stats: 90 receptions, 1,063 receiving yards, 12 touchdown catches, 11.8 yards per reception
Size: 6-foot, 205 pounds
Campbell progressively got better throughout his college career at Ohio State. With his rise, he has also become a solid 2019 NFL Draft prospect. He won’t be the first wide receiver drafted, but Campbell still should be a coveted target of a team on day two of the draft.
As a freshman, he played in four games, but did not register a catch. His second season in Columbus, Campbell contributed on a small level with 13 catches for 121 yards. In 2017 he became a major part of the offense with 40 receptions for 584 yards and three touchdowns. This past season, Campbell broke out even more with 90 catches for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the last three seasons when Campbell was a contributor, Ohio State had one appearance in the College Football Playoff and two New Year’s Six Bowl victories.
After proving to be a productive receiver this season with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, Campbell should be a valued wide receiver in this draft class. A team could fall in love with him and draft him at the end of the first round, but Campbell seems to be more of a second or third round prospect.
Campbell is one of the fastest players in the class. If he gets past defenders, there aren’t many people who can chase him down from behind. He gets the play started with a good burst at the line of scrimmage, which helps displays his acceleration as well.
With his great speed, Campbell is great at running after the catch. He is elusive in the open field and can hit a gear that isn’t often matched. Ohio State utilized his good run after catch ability by having him run a lot of bubble screens, drag routes and pop passes. He often showed the ability to pick up a huge chunk of yards if given the ball in space.
He is also a decent route-runner, as Campbell specifically can find the soft spots in the zone. Campbell shows good recognition of coverages and can get open. He can be a weapon at the next level if he can continue to find open spaces to go to in order to be a friendly target for quarterbacks.
Campbell is not a great blocking receiver, as he was often used as a decoy in the running game or just left on the outside. He doesn’t have the necessary play strength to stay engaged with defenders for a long period of time. His effort is there, which is a good start, but needs to add strength to become a quality blocker at the next level.
While he is a decent route-runner, he needs to fine-tune some things. Campbell needs to add routes to his route-tree to become a more dynamic target. He also needs to work on changing speeds and coming in and out of breaks better to really throw defenses off.
In his senior season, Campbell was better, but he still had too many drops. He isn’t the best when his catches are contested, but he also has too many drops when the catches should be relatively easy.
Projected Draft Range: Second round-Third round