Baltimore Ravens Select Michael Campanaro in 6th Round of NFL Draft

Jason MarcumCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2014

The Baltimore Ravens ran out of draft picks in the sixth round, but that didn't mean they were done just yet. They made a trade with a team in their own division in the Cleveland Browns to get back into the action.

They moved into the seventh round and selected Michael Campanaro out of Wake Forest with the 218th overall pick. They gave up a sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft in order to select him.

He had a memorable college career, as he caught a school-record 229 passes for 2,506 career yards with 14 touchdowns. His college career ended prematurely after he suffered a season-ending broken collarbone in November.

He still earned second-team All-ACC honors after catching 67 balls for 803 yards and six touchdowns in eight games, but he would have been drafted higher if not for the injury. 

Here's an excerpt from Nowlan Nawrocki's scouting report on NFL.com:

Has short-area quickness to separate short-to-intermediate. Good balance and hip flex. Adjusts to throws. Finds soft spots in zone coverage.

Effective running drags and crossers. Tough, confident and competitive. Three-year starter. Solid character.

Undersized, slippery, competitive inside receiver who brings a possession element to the slot. Lacks ideal explosiveness and will have to prove himself on special teams to earn an extended look.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and had a 39-inch vertical leap, a 10'2" broad jump and a 6.77-second three-cone drill. He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times, per NFL.com.

Campanaro really caught the Ravens' eye when he worked out for them this offseason. Though Baltimore didn't spend any of its original draft picks on him, it does say something that the team was willing to sacrifice a draft pick in 2015 to get him. 

The roster only features five receivers who actually played in games during the 2013 NFL season. As a result, this was a great move that ensured the Ravens would add a pass-catcher in this draft and a productive one at that.

He has a great chance to earn a spot on the 53-man roster in 2014. With a good showing in the preseason, he might even get significant playing time as a rookie. 

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