NFL Combine 2010 Results: Tackle Bruce Campbell's Outing Increases Draft Stock

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2010

Coming into the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell had some good buzz surrounding his name, but he may have just increased his stock from the bottom half of the first round to the top half.

Campbell measured in at 6'6 3/8" and 314 pounds with an arm length of 36.25 inches, which are all very good measurements for an NFL tackle and the best of all other offensive tackles coming into the Combine.

According to scouting reports on Campbell, everyone knows he is really a freak of nature physically, but, after seeing him run the 40-yard dash and testing his vertical leap, it is now a fact that he is a physical anomaly.

Campbell ran an official 4.85 in the 40-yard dash, which rivals the speed of the tight ends entering the draft and is the fourth-fastest ever recorded by an offensive lineman.

The average time last year for offensive tackles was 5.3 seconds in the 40.

He was so fluid in his motion that he really resembled more of a sprinter when comparing him to other tackles.

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Most of the other tackles looked like they were in extreme pain while running the 40, but not Campbell.

Then Campbell lined up to test his vertical jump and leapt 32 inches, which is very impressive for any athlete over 300 pounds.

NFL Network announcers were also impressed with Campbell's hips and his ability to "bend and dip," which they said is very important for linemen.

Bench-pressing 225 pounds, Campbell managed 34 reps.

"I'm just going to go for it," said Campbell regarding his mindset coming into the combine.

When asked by the NFL Network analysts what his biggest improvement are Campbell said, "I have to work on my leverage and technique some more."

Regardless of the improvements needed, Campbell's stock is skyrocketing right now, and you can bet that one guy who is probably drooling over this tackle is Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.

Don't be surprised is Davis picks Campbell at No. 8 this April—unless he can move into the top five, which is also a possibility too.

(Daniel Wolf is exclusively covering the NFL Scouting Combine for Bleacher Report via NFL Network.)


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