Colts Select Ohio State Wide Receiver Parris Campbell In Round Two Of 2019 NFL Draft
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INDIANAPOLIS – The man who ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any wide receiver at the 2019 NFL Combine will be returning to Lucas Oil Stadium as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
With the 59th pick in Friday’s second round, the Colts drafted Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell.
Here are 3 thoughts on the Colts drafting Campbell:
1. Speed, Speed, Speed
It was a 4.31 40-yard dash time for the electrifying Campbell.
The former track star and high school running back eventually chose football at Ohio State and became the Buckeyes leading receiver by his senior season.
In 2018, Campbell was a captain and led Ohio State with 90 catches for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. Campbell actually entered Ohio State in the same class with Malik Hooker.
Speed is the name of the game for Campbell, who stands 6-0 and 205 pounds.
With Reggie Wayne announcing the pick on Friday night in Nashville, the all-time Colts great offered a warning to the rest of the NFL, knowing the type of potential game-breaker his former team just acquired.
2. Needed Jolt To The Receiver Room
Already one of the most competitive position groups on the roster, the Colts have given the wide receiver bunch some rare speed.
It’s going to be a fight to make this roster at receiver. Can you imagine pairing this list down to 5 or 6 names: T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess, Parris Campbell, Deon Cain, Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal, Reece Fountain, Marcus Johnson
Campbell gives Indy some top-end speed that isn’t really there with the Colts’ current receiver makeup, minus Hilton.
Remember, yards after catch numbers were very low for the Colts last year. Campbell should definitely improve that.
3. Frank Reich Salivating
The head coach and play caller of the Indianapolis Colts has to be loving the ideas of how to incorporate Campbell on a weekly basis.
That is a guy who can stress a defense with just one touch, whether that’s out of the backfield, on an underneath/crossing route or via a go-route. Campbell had some return background at Ohio State.
If Campbell can continue to round out his route tree, he’s going to play a lot for the Colts, very early on with how much Reich want to use versatile parts all over the field.
Campbell excelled in the slot at Ohio State, which is another spot the Colts could use an upgrade.
Reich and Andrew Luck will have some very interesting skill group combinations they can roll with in 2019, as their second-round rookie provides a unique speed element to the equation.
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