It seems that the Dallas Cowboys representatives in Indianapolis and, indeed, most of those present at the NFL Scouting Combine have grown quite enamored of Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell. Projected by most as a late-first-round pick coming in, Campbell ran a 4.78 40-yard-dash and managed 34 reps on the 225-lb bench press.
Campbell's physique alone was enough to pique the interest of many a scout. At nearly 6'7" and 310 pounds, the Maryland product has a superb natural length and, obviously given the above numbers, some serious athleticism.
The question is, will any of this translate to an NFL career worthy a first round pick? The word emanating from Indianapolis since Saturday--aside from the oohs and aahs over Campbell's testing--has been that the tackle is consistently unimpressive on game film.
Since many of these mock drafters have Dallas taking either a tackle or a safety with their first selection, it may seem that the team has a prime opportunity to win the darling of the combine. If Campbell is available at the 27th spot in the draft though--and due to his testing, this is an increasingly large 'if'--would it be a wise pick?
Obviously, young talent along the offensive line is one of the team's more pressing needs. That said, it's not as though they haven't attempted to remedy the situation through the draft in the past, to no avail. Stephen Jones said last week that the team won't necessarily focus on any one position in the draft; Jerry went further, saying that quarterback is the only position the team will avoid in the first round.
Given Campbell's rising stock and the team's best-player-available draft strategy, one can only guess; but if Campbell is on the board at 27, do you want to see him in silver and blue next season?
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