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Everything you need to know about Parris Campbell from the 2019 NFL Combine

Ohio State WR Parris Campbell 2019 NFL Combine results and draft projection

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Parris Campbell enters the professional portion of his football career as one of the most interesting pass-catchers in the 2019 NFL Draft. During his time at Ohio State, he proved that he has the natural abilities to be a dynamic playmaker at the NFL level.

However, because he primarily played H-back — a position that doesn’t usually exist in the pro offenses — Campbell will need to prove that he has the skill set to play at the next level, not just the athleticism. Given his height and skill-set, Campbell translates to a slot receiver position in the NFL.


Scouting Report

Here’s what the pros are saying in his NFL Combine Scouting Report:

Overview

Blue-chip athlete with elite package of size, speed and fluidity as a big slot receiver. Campbell’s athletic attributes could create a coverage conundrum if his offensive coordinator puts him in a diversified role that allows him to attack vertically more often. Teams know he’s a gifted athlete, but he needs to add more polish as a route-runner to become a well-rounded target instead of a gadget slot. His upside is bolstered by his traits while his special teams ability and talent with the ball in his hands should level out any bust concerns.

Strengths

Track speed to scare safeties and corners

Expected to crush combine in all testing

Extremely explosive but still fluid

Early cushions of respect offer easy catches underneath

Light feet dart around defenders looking to impede

Generates separation on all three levels

Lived on Jugs machine last summer and improved hands

Comfortable plucking throws in stride

Size to break initial tackle after catch

Quick gather and leap to rescue overthrows

High-end potential with ball in his hands

Acceleration to split tacklers with speed to defeat angles and house it

Can get after it as slot blocker

Capable kick returner with above-average cover talent on punts and kicks

Weaknesses

Handcuffed to a more limited role in college

Jet sweep and catch-and-run specialist with much to learn still

Limited experience with the route tree and downfield looks

Appears to be step-counter on intermediate patterns

Flat, rounded routes lack quality fakes at the top

Doesn’t change route tempo very often

Tons of zone looks made life easy for him in space

Catch focus will need continued work


Measurements

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Hand size: 9 1/2”
  • Arm length: 32 1/4”

Combine Results

Bench press: 11 reps

40-yard dash: 4.31 official

Vertical jump: 40”

Broad jump: 135 inches

20-yard Shuttle: 4.03 seconds

Position drills:


Interview Notables and Quotables


Draft Projection

Campbell comes into the combine as one of the top five to eight wide receivers in the draft class. Given his speed and playmaking ability, he is currently projected to be selected towards the end of the first — or early in the second — round. At Ohio State, Campbell was asked to do a myriad of different things coming from the H-back position.

His versatility will be valuable at the next level, but the fact that he was not primarily a wide receiver in his final few seasons at OSU will present a few questions for NFL front offices, as they evaluate his ability to run efficient routes.