Are you buying this?
Let’s look at Mr. Campbell through the eyes of the Raider Franchise.
Size: 6’6”, 314lbs, 36 ¼” Arm Reach
Speed: 4.85 40 yard dash*, 7.58 3-cone drill, 4.69 20 yard shuttle
Strength: 34 rep bench press
*Best for an Offensive Lineman
Campbell possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism for an offensive lineman. He uses the hand punch effectively. Excels in pass protection and can handle speed rushers off the edge. Does a good job of sustaining his blocks. Is a competitive performer. Exhibits impressive initial quickness out of his stance in the running game.
He is a solid pass protector with the size and strength to lock out most DTs one-on-one allowing the center to assist the opposite OG or block a blitzing LB in the passing game.
Durability is a major concern as Campbell has dealt with multiple ailments including a brain issue. Will overextend into blocks and lunge at defenders on occasion. His instincts are questionable, especially in the running game when moving to the second level.
Could be a concern in the running game at the OT Position where the rusher is not always identifiable.
From the OG position; however, he has the size, strength and speed to stand up the opposing DT and open a hole up the middle to the second level. Additionally, he has the ability to develop into a pro bowl caliber “pulling Guard” similar to Art Shell.
Campbell leading McFadden around the end may be the devastating force needed for that long yardage running score.
Overextending into blocks and lunging at defenders is not as likely to occur when he is barreling down on them at full speed. Even if he does, they will be forced to avoid him. This still gives McFadden an extra couple of steps on them and gets him to the next level of the defense.
The durability issue is a strength in our eyes.
Bruce Campbell has overcome adversity and did not let it set him back. He has proven he will dedicate himself to his craft, and it allowed us to pick him up later in the draft as other teams don’t think like us.
With Gallery and Campbell in the middle, the center becomes our concern.
When Campbell pulls out to lead McFadden around the end, can our center block the DT? I think this is why we drafted Alex Parsons. He could develop into a quality center, and will at least give competition to Samson Satele.
We picked up Jared Veldheer before Bruce Campbell. This was to fill the weakness at OT.
We knew we were adequate at OG and could gamble on the position. Besides, no other team was going to look at Campbell the way we do. His weaknesses dropped him down their boards; because, to them he was an OT that needed development.
We saw the potential and raw ability of Bruce Campbell and intended to exploit it. He is on the Raiders now and Tom Cable wasted no time in moving him to OG. Cable didn’t even wait for a practice to evaluate him.
So, what do you think? Did we move Bruce Campbell to OG to give him more reps or did the Raiders Franchise see something no one else has?
-David D. Villa