Draft preview: OT Bruce Campbell

Cowboys Draft Prospect: Bruce Campbell (0:35)

Bruce Campbell, Maryland offensive lineman. (0:35)

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School: Maryland

Size: 6-6 3/8, 314

Position: Left tackle

Scouts Inc. rank: No. 7 at OT, No. 49 overall (scouting report)


After watching Campbell weigh in at the scouting combine, one personnel man declared that he had never seen a better body in his two decades in the business. Campbell had an awe-inspiring combine, running a 4.8 40 and putting up 34 bench press reps with arms that were measured at 36ΒΌ inches. He will immediately be one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the league. His long arms, massive hands, strength and quick feet give him the potential to be a dominant pass-blocker.


Campbell’s film isn’t nearly as impressive as his physique. He started only 17 games at Maryland and wasn’t named All-ACC. He’s a project who needs a lot of work on his technique. His footwork is inconsistent, and he tends to lunge because he gets caught out of position. Despite his strength, he wasn’t a dominant force in the running game for the Terps. He’s a finesse player, raising questions about his toughness. There are also durability concerns after he missed three games as a junior (two with turf toe, one with a knee injury).


If Campbell is available at No. 27, the Cowboys will have to decide whether to gamble on his immense potential. He’s a top-10 athlete who performed like a late-round pick in college. It’d be at least two years before Campbell could be expected to compete for a starting job, which means the Cowboys would be thin behind Doug Free and Marc Colombo this season. USC’s Charles Brown isn’t in Campbell’s class athletically, but he’s a safer pick. Given the Cowboys’ recent history of offensive line draft busts, can they afford to take perhaps the biggest boom-or-bust player in the draft?


"You’ve got a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman and you can see his abs. He’s exceptionally strong, just sculpted. If you want to draw up what a left tackle should look like, he’s what you’re looking for. … He’s very, very, very good in pass pro. He can set quickly. He can lock out. He’s strong enough to stop the bull and athletic enough to stop the veer moves. … [As a run blocker], somewhat inconsistent with technique. That’s an area he’s good but needs improvement. … He plays with pretty good fire. I wouldn’t say he’s very loud or vocal, but it’s very important to him. He’s going to do what it takes to play. He played hurt all last season. He had turf toe from the first quarter of the first game. If you’re 310 pounds and balancing on that toe, it makes it very difficult. He played with that all year. … He’s an unfinished product, but you look at physically something you want to work with, the sky’s the limit for him. … He was a delight to coach. No hidden agendas. No issues. … We ran a West Coast offense. He’s been exposed to a lot of the stuff they run in the NFL as far as pass pro and blocking schemes. We’re not as complex, but he will have heard a lot of the stuff. He won’t be in total shock. He will have seen it."