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Campbell showing his athleticism with the Tigers
Campbell was a hot commodity coming out of Auburn, having shown excellent passing skills and mobility while leading Auburn to an undefeated season in which they got jobbed out of a National Championship shot.
Washington, needing a quarterback of the future, drafted Campbell with the 25th overall pick in the 2005 draft. The 'Skins thought so much of Campbell that they traded their 2005 third rounder and their first and fourth-round picks in 2006 to move up to select him.
Campbell, the son of a coach and a quick football study, was thrust into the starting lineup in November of his second season.
While he struggled, he was praised for his football intelligence and poise under fire.
Through a revolving door of coaches and offensive coordinators, Campbell improved his statistics every season, always having more touchdowns than interceptions, and playing well for the most part.
In fact, when Jim Zorn was promoted from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to head man in 2008, the 'Skins busted out to a 6-2 record the first half of the season. Campbell was being elevated into the "elite" quarterback discussion on a regular basis.
A 2-6 finish with poor play by Campbell down the stretch quelled that notion, and suddenly Campbell was once again what was wrong with all things Redskin. Not ownership. Not poor coaching. Campbell.
Despite Campbell's continued growth in less than ideal circumstances, the Washington franchise and fan base were never in love with him and were just biding time until he was released or traded.
The franchise spent quite a bit of time trying to publicly replace Campbell with the likes of Todd Collins, Patrick Ramsey, and attempting to acquire Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez after the 2008 season, despite Campbell's growth through adversity.
His days were always numbered, and all it took was a new regime to ensure his ticket was punched.