Michael Campanaro NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Ravens WR

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2014

Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest (HT: 5'9⅜", WT: 192 lbs)

Baltimore Ravens (Ravens trade 2015 sixth-round pick to Browns for 218th pick)

Seventh Round: 218th Pick

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmsHands
509319230"9 3/4"
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Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone DrillShuttle
4.461.5339"10'2"6.774.01
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Positives

  • A tough runner after the catch—basically becomes a running back with the ball in his hands. 
  • Well-built and strong for an undersized receiver, which should help with his durability, although that hasn't been the case thus far in his career. 
  • Has the speed to break away once he gets to the open field.
  • Impressive leaping ability gives him some potential to help make up for his lack of size in certain situations. 
  • Quick acceleration off the line of scrimmage. 
  • Will occasionally make a defender miss in the open field and create big plays for himself. 
  • Does a great job working against the zone—shows elite awareness on the field and knows how to quickly position himself in an area and show himself to the quarterback. 
  • Became a go-to target for quarterbacks when the play broke down due to his ability to adjust and work his way back to the QB in an open zone.
  • Gives a strong effort as a blocker and will occasionally hold his ground against bigger defenders due to his use of leverage. 
  • Has experience returning punts, and also returned kicks early in his career. 

 

 

Negatives

  • Vastly undersized and will struggle to make an impact down the field.
  • Really struggles when asked to make contested catches and has limited experience in those situations. 
  • Limited route-running experience—used almost exclusive on screens and other short routes.
  • Hands are shaky and had some really bad drops on screens that simply bounced off his hands. 
  • Lets the ball into his chest too often; tends to try to catch and secure the ball in one motion and often gets ahead of himself, which leads to bobbles and drops. 
  • Impressive acceleration but doesn't have a second gear to be a true deep threat. 
  • Most of his production down the field came against zone coverage.
  • Struggles to keep his balance when pressed and is easily thrown off his route by physical corners. 
  • Can make one guy miss, but doesn't have the elite quickness to weave through traffic and create something from nothing.
  • Serious injury risk. Missed end of senior year with a shoulder injury. Missed two games with a broken hand in 2012 and also suffered an ankle injury that required offseason surgery. 
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2010Wake Forest1010710.70
2011Wake Forest7383311.42
2012Wake Forest797639.76
2013Wake Forest6780312.06
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Personal Notes

  • Set Wake Forest record for career receptions. 
  • Second-team All-ACC in 2012 and 2013. 
  • Played running back for one game as a freshman in 2010. 

 

Ratings Chart

 

 

Overall

Campanaro is essentially a running back who lines up out wide. His timed speed looks good, but he doesn't really have the quickness for it to translate to the field. As a result, his future will be as a possession receiver in the slot. His long list of injuries is sure to cause teams to put a red flag on his scouting report, and he may need to prove himself on special teams in order to win a job in training camp. 

 

Draft Projection: 7th Round

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