The Indianapolis Colts have struggled to find a talent at the wide receiver position since Ryan Grigson drafted T.Y. Hilton in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Perhaps that has changed now that they have selected another receiver with breakaway speed late in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Parris Campbell.
Our very own Stephen Reed handled our scouting efforts for the wide receiver position in the Anthony Arena Memorial 2019 NFL Draft guide. His report can be found below.
There is little argument that one of the primary weaknesses for the Colts wide receiver group is that no one on the roster has been able to show any consistency stretching the field opposite Hilton. This weakness has allowed defenses to focus a great deal of attention on Hilton and come up to focus on passes short routes by tight ends. Campbell will create mismatch opportunities and force opposing secondaries to make choices.
At the NFL Combine, Campbell tired Andy Isabella for the best 40-yard dash at 4.31 seconds. He was fifth at the position with a 40” vertical jump. He tied for third at the position with a 135” broad jump. He also tied for the best 20-yard shuttle time at 4.03 seconds.
In his senior season at Ohio State, Campbell led the team in reception with 90 and in receiving yards with 1,063, adding 12 touchdowns. As a junior he took 10 hand-offs for 132-yards and a touchdown, to go along with 40 receptions for 584 yards and three touchdowns. In his sophomore seasons he was named third-team All-Big Ten as a kick returner with 21 kickoff returns for 584 yards, a 27.8 yards per return average.
It should be clear to Colts fans by now that Frank Reich likes to have offensive weapons capable of wearing multiple hats. Campbell is definitely that. Between Hilton, Campbell and Hines the Colts offense has blistering speed and athleticism to go along with incredible physical talents like Devin Funchess, Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle.