Somebody is going to get a steal in a former Penn State cornerback Christian Campbell.
The Phenix City, Alabama native was a member of James Franklin’s first recruiting class at Penn State and developed into one of the most dependable players on the team over the last two years of his career.
At 6-foot-1, Campbell has enticing sizing for NFL coaches and GMs given the way the league is headed. Add to that 33’-1/2” arms and you’re looking at a mid-round prospect with a ton of upside.
Campbell was invited to the combine in Indianapolis but did not participate in on-field drills because of a nagging hamstring injury. Instead, he waited for Penn State’s pro day to put on a show.
At the pro day, Campbell recorded a 4.51 40-yard dash at 194 pounds, he posted a broad jump of 11’3” and and a vertical jump of 41”, which would’ve placed him among the best at the combine.
What You’re Getting
Campbell could go anywhere from the to end of round four to the back of round five, but I’d be surprised if he fell too far below that.
He profiles very similarly to Brandon Carr of the Baltimore Ravens or Eric Rowe of the New England Patriots.
While Campbell isn’t lockdown man-to-man corner, he can mix it up with bigger wide receivers and is particularly impressive when defending the red zone.
His best fit would probably be a defense that uses a lot of Cover 2 concepts and would allow him to use his explosiveness to make breaks on plays in front of him.
NFL.com gives him a 5.12 player grade with a better than average chance to make an NFL rosters.