Besides having one of the cooler names in this years NFL Draft, Parris Campbell really established himself as an elite receiver among the Buckeyes this season. His 90 receptions including 12 touchdowns were both records at Ohio State and he joined an exclusive club of just five previous Ohio State wide receivers to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He will join the professional league as a WR but he served as a hybrid for a while, not shying away from RB duties (and return duties) in tandem.
With a 4.31 40 yard dash time, Parris was the third faster runner in the combine just behind Zedrick Woods (4.29) and Jamel Dean (4.30). In addition to that his 135 inches in the broad jump were good enough for 5th best at the combine. With those impressive combine stats, we know the Raiders will want him but looking beyond that does he have more to offer?
The 21 year old Ohio native generally does not shy away from contact and proved in college he is more than comfortable in clutch situations making big plays. His hands have not been tested at a high level given many of his slot runs so this could be an area of concern from the collective drafting community. His other area of question is continuity and consistency. When he is part of the play he shows electric speed but he has a tendency to slow a bit on plays that clearly do not include the use of him. This is something that will get a heightened sense of attention at the professional level and generally does not sit well with management.
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Best fantasy fits
- Carolina Panthers: At pick 16 it sits on the much more aggressive side of drafting him but WR is a need the Panthers who would be a good fit for Parris Campbell. Imagine Christian McCaffrey and Parris together as two Swiss-army knives alongside Cam Newton who himself is a Swiss army knife. No-one will know who is running passing or catching on any given play.
- Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers throwing to Parris sounds like an excellent match. Davante Adams would appreciate the help and the Packers would be able to utilize Parris’s abilities at punt returns as well as his abilities to play slot, deep, or even RB on the extremely rare opportunity. It will be too early for the Packers 1st pick in the first round but sitting in the mid 20’s he would be a great fit.
- Indianapolis Colts: Ty Hilton is just begging for some help and if he lasted this far down the board I am drooling at the anticipation of Parris paired with Andrew Luck. Get Hilton going deep and Campbell coming across the slot and you have an excellent set of options.
- Three other potentials; Lions (probably too early), Saints (won’t last that long) and Raiders (I honestly can’t get a feel for what their game plan is).
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