Christian Campbell NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Arizona Cardinals' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Penn State's Christian Campbell (1) breaks up a pass intended for Michigan State's Donnie Corley (29) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday Nov. 26, 2016. Penn State won the game 45-12. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)
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POSITIVES

NFL-ready size at 6'1", 195 pounds with room to put more weight on.

—Arms down to his knees that measured in at 33 ½ inches.

—Uses length to punch and initiate contact in press coverage.

—Very good in short area, using length to stay in-phase with receivers and play through hands when minimal separation is created.

     

NEGATIVES

—Frame is begging for another 10 pounds and needs it to be the physical corner he'll be expected to play as.

—Struggles to flip hips with fluidity and can be embarrassed by decent route-runners.

—Man coverage skills are poor and show someone with slow processing skills who can't fire feet fast enough.

—Top-heavy technique once he opens to run and will struggle to throttle down on deep comebacks.

     

OVERALL

Campbell has excellent length that he uses well to minimize on-field concerns with his playing style. He has a frame that can hold another 10 pounds with ease, and he'll have to add the weight because he isn't a fluid enough athlete to routinely play off-man coverage. Campbell's ideal fit is a press scheme that allows him to handle short routes before passing off to safety help. A depth role looks likely for Year 1.

     

GRADE: 5.25 (Priority Free Agent)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Justin Bethel, Atlanta Falcons

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