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Maryland's Campbell dazzles at combine

UPDATED (1:52 p.m.)...

INDIANAPOLIS--University of Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell has become a standout performer at the NFL scouting combine.

Campbell, who was regarded by many draft analysts as a likely first-round pick in April entering the combine, had an eye-catching performance in the 40-yard dash Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

He was timed officially at 4.85 seconds, the fastest among the offensive linemen to run Saturday.

Campbell had been timed unofficially at 4.78 seconds, according to the league-owned NFL Network.

Campbell's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, called it a record-setting performance that should boost Campbell's draft stock.

Rosenhaus, writing on Twitter, called Campbell's time "unprecedented."

Rosenhaus wrote later: "Bruce Campbell ran the best 40 time ever for an offensive lineman and at 314 [pounds] he will now be a surefire top 10 pick in the draft!"

Campbell had a more-than-respectable 34 lifts of a 225-pound weight bar in the bench press Friday.

"It gets your attention," Arizona Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "The guy is athletic and really moves around. He's big and strong. You go back and look at the tape again and see what kind of player you're talking about."

Campbell's workout exploits renew the question of how much importance NFL talent evaluators should place on what happens at the scouting combine. An offensive lineman rarely, if ever, runs 40 yards in a straight line during an NFL game.

But Whisenhunt said a performance like Campbell's nevertheless could be meaningful come draft day in April.

"To me, that's why you work out at the combine," Whisenhunt said. "I don't understand why some guys don't work out here. This is an opportunity in front of every coach and every general manager to do exactly that: stand out. It can really help you. Certainly it can help you get drafted higher."

By Mark Maske  |  February 27, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  | Category:  Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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i can also run a 4.80,but cant play a lick of football!beware of what you ask for skins fan!

Posted by: billydee123 | February 28, 2010 1:27 AM

I'm a lifelong Terps fan, I love Bruce Campbell and wish him the best possible.

BUT, any fantastical NFL combine performance review has to come with a GIANT asterisk - he's NEVER been healthy. I hope this all turns around for him, and he never gets hurt again.

And he is indeed a freak of athletic talent.

Posted by: ckstevenson | February 27, 2010 7:55 PM

I would love for the Skins to draft Campbell or whoever they have as the top olineman in the draft. Unfortunately I think we will be drafting QB again.

Posted by: sjp879 | February 27, 2010 7:11 PM

Teach that guy to hold a ball and he could be the next "fridge" or to catch and he could be a flex TE option, crazy.

Posted by: ozpunk | February 27, 2010 12:07 PM

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