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.
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.
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
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
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 205 lbs.
- Hand size: 9 1/2”
- Arm length: 32 1/4”
Bench press: 11 reps
40-yard dash: 4.31 official
Vertical jump: 40”
Broad jump: 135 inches
20-yard Shuttle: 4.03 seconds
Gauntlet drill: Former Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell. pic.twitter.com/0ahwi66flW— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) March 2, 2019
Interview Notables and Quotables
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.