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    6th Rd. pick Will Campbell

    I know most of you probably don't know much about Campbell, and I wouldn't expect you to. I have watched every Michigan game for the past umpteen years and have some ties to the Michigan Football program. That being said, this is my breakdown of your 6th round pick.

    Campbell has 1st round size and strength. He has 1st round talent. He has had 6th round production. He dominated high school by simply being stronger than everybody and found out, the hard way, that doesn't fly in college. He needed to be worked with and taught fundamentals (stance, pad level, etc.). The problem is, as most of you know, Rich Rodriguez completely neglected the defense. Take a look at the turn around Campbell has had under and NFL D Coordinator (Greg Mattison). He has completely transformed his body and attitude and the results followed suit.

    Don't be fooled by the felony charge he had last year. You won't find a better personality. He was one of the most liked guys on the team last year. He tried to pull a Duke's of Hazard esque hood slide as a joke, but 340 pounds doesn't tread car hoods too well. There was no chance that felony charge was going to hold, and it didn't.

    Campbell's biggest issue in college was technique. He was not good at "playing low". A switch to offensive line might be huge, because 50% of the time you aren't trying to be low. If he plays guard for you guys, then that number increases (leverage isn't needed when you pull). He moves pretty well for a guy his size, so I think he will be fine with a transition to guard.

    Lastly, he is very young. He was an early enrollee at Michigan and also graduated a semester early. He graduated with a 4 year degree from them University of Michigan in 3 1/2 years, at the age of 21.

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    Thanks for your thoughts. Still don't know what to make of this pick, but this positive review makes me feel a bit better.

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    A side note, he really wanted to be a Jet. I think it was one of the top 3 or 4 teams he wanted to play for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hailtoyourvictor View Post
    I know most of you probably don't know much about Campbell, and I wouldn't expect you to. I have watched every Michigan game for the past umpteen years and have some ties to the Michigan Football program. That being said, this is my breakdown of your 6th round pick.

    Campbell has 1st round size and strength. He has 1st round talent. He has had 6th round production. He dominated high school by simply being stronger than everybody and found out, the hard way, that doesn't fly in college. He needed to be worked with and taught fundamentals (stance, pad level, etc.). The problem is, as most of you know, Rich Rodriguez completely neglected the defense. Take a look at the turn around Campbell has had under and NFL D Coordinator (Greg Mattison). He has completely transformed his body and attitude and the results followed suit.


    Don't be fooled by the felony charge he had last year. You won't find a better personality. He was one of the most liked guys on the team last year. He tried to pull a Duke's of Hazard esque hood slide as a joke, but 340 pounds doesn't tread car hoods too well. There was no chance that felony charge was going to hold, and it didn't.

    Campbell's biggest issue in college was technique. He was not good at "playing low". A switch to offensive line might be huge, because 50% of the time you aren't trying to be low. If he plays guard for you guys, then that number increases (leverage isn't needed when you pull). He moves pretty well for a guy his size, so I think he will be fine with a transition to guard.

    Lastly, he is very young. He was an early enrollee at Michigan and also graduated a semester early. He graduated with a 4 year degree from them University of Michigan in 3 1/2 years, at the age of 21.


    Very cool, thank you ... I'm excited to see him progress, hopefully the Jets will be patient ...

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    Thanks for the report. I was wondering why they would do such a dumb thing until I found out Brandon More was a defensive tackle also that converted when he came to the Jets.
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    Can only hope hes the next Moore. Good read

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    The question that I have is, can the kid be stashed away on the team to develop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hailtoyourvictor View Post
    I know most of you probably don't know much about Campbell, and I wouldn't expect you to. I have watched every Michigan game for the past umpteen years and have some ties to the Michigan Football program. That being said, this is my breakdown of your 6th round pick.

    Campbell has 1st round size and strength. He has 1st round talent. He has had 6th round production. He dominated high school by simply being stronger than everybody and found out, the hard way, that doesn't fly in college. He needed to be worked with and taught fundamentals (stance, pad level, etc.). The problem is, as most of you know, Rich Rodriguez completely neglected the defense. Take a look at the turn around Campbell has had under and NFL D Coordinator (Greg Mattison). He has completely transformed his body and attitude and the results followed suit.

    Don't be fooled by the felony charge he had last year. You won't find a better personality. He was one of the most liked guys on the team last year. He tried to pull a Duke's of Hazard esque hood slide as a joke, but 340 pounds doesn't tread car hoods too well. There was no chance that felony charge was going to hold, and it didn't.

    Campbell's biggest issue in college was technique. He was not good at "playing low". A switch to offensive line might be huge, because 50% of the time you aren't trying to be low. If he plays guard for you guys, then that number increases (leverage isn't needed when you pull). He moves pretty well for a guy his size, so I think he will be fine with a transition to guard.

    Lastly, he is very young. He was an early enrollee at Michigan and also graduated a semester early. He graduated with a 4 year degree from them University of Michigan in 3 1/2 years, at the age of 21.
    Great post, thanks for your write up

    I love it when non-Jets fans join the board and provide intel like this.

    The irony is that this is the type of move Belichick would make, but the Jets got killed for it.

    It seems Campbell has legit talent and very good potential on either side of the ball because of everything you mentioned, good stuff.

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    Thanks for the lowdown. Interesting background information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavericknyc1980 View Post
    The question that I have is, can the kid be stashed away on the team to develop?
    I had the same thought. I don't want to see him learning starting for this team yet.

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    Thanks for the appreciation, guys.

    As cliche as it sounds, the pick is low risk-very high reward, IMO. Campbell has size (6'5 308) strength (35 reps of 225), and athleticism that you can't coach. The areas Campbell needs to improve are coach able and if the talent that put Campbell as Rivals.com a 5* and 26th best player out of HS can be tapped, Campbell might be a lot more than just camp fodder.

    I'll admit I look at the glass half full, though. There are some Michigan fans that will cling to the "lazy/bust" tag, but a college Junior that drops 42 pounds (was 350, down to 308) and keeps its off shows me the kid has drive to him.

    I'm already looking forward to my first Jets game, preseason @ Detroit

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    Quote Originally Posted by hailtoyourvictor View Post
    Thanks for the appreciation, guys.

    As cliche as it sounds, the pick is low risk-very high reward, IMO. Campbell has size (6'5 308) strength (35 reps of 225), and athleticism that you can't coach. The areas Campbell needs to improve are coach able and if the talent that put Campbell as Rivals.com a 5* and 26th best player out of HS can be tapped, Campbell might be a lot more than just camp fodder.

    I'll admit I look at the glass half full, though. There are some Michigan fans that will cling to the "lazy/bust" tag, but a college Junior that drops 42 pounds (was 350, down to 308) and keeps its off shows me the kid has drive to him.

    I'm already looking forward to my first Jets game, preseason @ Detroit
    How is his football IQ.

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    He is a smart kid. He got his Michigan degree in 3 1/2 years. I'd but his "football IQ" at average. He won't be calling the audibles but I don't think he will have any problem with blocking schemes.

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    If I recall correctly, wasn't he an OL briefly under Dick Rod? The fact that he was recruited as potentially OL or DL out of HS and he at least played OL for a brief stint in college makes it worth the gamble, because as you said, he is very physically gifted.

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    very athletic when I saw him in action at michigan and he played gurad before and knows thats what he will be in the NFL.



    Quote Originally Posted by hailtoyourvictor View Post
    I know most of you probably don't know much about Campbell, and I wouldn't expect you to. I have watched every Michigan game for the past umpteen years and have some ties to the Michigan Football program. That being said, this is my breakdown of your 6th round pick.

    Campbell has 1st round size and strength. He has 1st round talent. He has had 6th round production. He dominated high school by simply being stronger than everybody and found out, the hard way, that doesn't fly in college. He needed to be worked with and taught fundamentals (stance, pad level, etc.). The problem is, as most of you know, Rich Rodriguez completely neglected the defense. Take a look at the turn around Campbell has had under and NFL D Coordinator (Greg Mattison). He has completely transformed his body and attitude and the results followed suit.

    Don't be fooled by the felony charge he had last year. You won't find a better personality. He was one of the most liked guys on the team last year. He tried to pull a Duke's of Hazard esque hood slide as a joke, but 340 pounds doesn't tread car hoods too well. There was no chance that felony charge was going to hold, and it didn't.

    Campbell's biggest issue in college was technique. He was not good at "playing low". A switch to offensive line might be huge, because 50% of the time you aren't trying to be low. If he plays guard for you guys, then that number increases (leverage isn't needed when you pull). He moves pretty well for a guy his size, so I think he will be fine with a transition to guard.

    Lastly, he is very young. He was an early enrollee at Michigan and also graduated a semester early. He graduated with a 4 year degree from them University of Michigan in 3 1/2 years, at the age of 21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenguin View Post
    Can only hope hes the next Moore. Good read
    It was a good read indeed. This guy has a lot going for him. Naturally athletic, huge frame and beastly strong even for an Olineman.

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    Video: DT William Campbell v.s. Alabama


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