Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell, a projected mid-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, was a guest on Sirius XM's "Moving the Chains" program on Monday and revealed he had a private workout with the New England Patriots on the program.
The Patriots work out hundreds of players, so such news is hardly surprising. When asked what it was like going through the workout, Campbell detailed how the Patriots approached it.
"I think by the time I got to the Patriots workout, I was in pretty good shape, but it was still pretty tough," Campbell told hosts Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller. "It started out by doing a couple movement drills, just making sure you're warmed up and are able to go full speed throughout the entire workout. Then they put me though position work -- I started out just kind of seeing how good my feet were, and then some realistic type game movements that maybe they'd expect to see playing safety at the NFL level, just to see how I'd move in their schemes.
"Then also, I think I did a drill on every one of their special teams -- punt position, kick return, kickoff, everything -- to see how I would play on special teams as well. It was pretty extensive; the Patriots was one of the more extensive workouts, but I think I handled it well."
The 5-foot-11 3/8, 206-pound Campbell was a team captain who is considered intelligent and who ranks football as very important to him. He said on the interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that he takes pride in being an all-around safety, despite the perception he's more of a "box" safety. He also has experience on special teams.
Campbell said he also took a visit to the Indianapolis Colts before the draft.