By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 11:11 am in Oakland Raiders.
First in a series analyzing potential picks for the Raiders, scheduled to select at No. 8 in the first round on April 22:
Position: Offensive tackle
Height, weight: 6-6 1/2, 315 pounds
Why it’s Campbell: May as well start with Campbell since so many people think he’s the consensus Raiders pick. Why? Because he’s the kind of physical freak Al Davis simply can’t resist. Called by some the most magnificently proportioned offensive linemen in the history of the NFL scouting combine. Ran a 4.75 40-yard dash. Did 34 bench press reps at 225 pounds. Long arms. Had 32-inch vertical leap. Great genetics _ father played college basketball at Providence and professionally overseas. The Raiders need help on the offensive line _ especially at tackle. Has played both right and left tackle. Campbell said Raiders were one of the teams he spoke with at the combine.
Why it’s not Campbell: Davis can’t be this predictable, can he? Raiders went for a prototype at No. 7 overall last year in Darrius Heyward-Bey _ who, like Campbell, is from Maryland. They got nine receptions in 11 games. Coach Tom Cable told reporters at the NFL owner’s meetings the Raiders were interested in production and football skills, first and foremost. Campbell, like Heyward-Bey was not a first or second-team selection on the All-ACC team. Left school a year early and is extremely raw _ not the immediate starter the Raiders need. Other tackles, such as Russell Okung, Trent Williams and Bryan Bulaga, if available, are considered possible instant starters.
Quotable: “I know I didn’t get any honors, as in all-conference, all-American or anything, but I feel my self-accomplishments were better than winning a medal or anything else . . . I feel it’s the right time for me to come out.”