Have the Raiders found their man?
INDIANAPOLIS--It's no secret the Oakland Raiders place a premium on speed.
With that in mind, Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell may have sealed his fate (or doom) with
the performance he turned in during Saturday's combine workouts in Indianapolis.
The 6'6", 314-pound junior ran an official 4.85 in the 40-yard-dash Saturday morning--one of the fastest combine 40 times for an offensive lineman in league history.
Campbell also put up 34 reps in the bench press (225 pounds) and had a 38-inch vertical jump.
With his stock on the rise after an impressive day in Indianapolis, Campbell has forced several NFL teams who may not have originally been sold on him to go back and reevaluate their analysis.
One team that you can bet has an F-16 missile lock on the former Terrapin is the Oakland Raiders.
Well known for the emphasis they place on speed, the Raiders hold the draft's eighth overall pick. Having lost 11 or more games in each of the past seven seasons, the organization is very familiar with top-ten draft picks.
And having given up 49 sacks in 2009 (third most in the NFL), it's not like Oakland couldn't use some help on the offensive line.
Selecting Campbell higher than most draft experts currently have him projected to go would be nothing new for the fans of the Black Hole.
The Raiders raised some eyebrows in 2009 when they drafted Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick. In 2006, Oakland selected strong safety Michael Huff seventh and in 2005 they drafted cornerback Fabian Washington 23rd.
All three have one thing in common: Speed.
And in regards to Huff and Washington, the word "bust" has been thrown around once or twice.
So will the speedy Campbell end up wearing Silver and Black in 2010?
We'll find out on April 22.
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