On January 1, 2019, Parris Campbell and the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl. Campbell was a high profile high school prospect who was a late bloomer in college. Campbell faced plenty of competition for targets at Ohio State and he did not play a significant role until his junior year. Campbell will be 22 years old as an NFL rookie, which shouldn’t be a significant ding to his professional prospects. Let’s take a deeper dive into Campbell’s production prospects.
Campbell did not see much game time until his junior year. As a junior, Campbell played in all 13 games and posted a 13/121/0 receiving line. The results from Campbell’s junior year were far from impressive, and he posted an incredibly poor 0.02 Dominator Rating. He also rushed four times for 54 yards and a touchdown.
After Curtis Samuel declared for the NFL, Campbell was thrust into the starter role as a senior. Although Campbell’s 40/584/3 receiving line may not look particularly impressive, he led all Buckeye receivers in raw receiving yards (584 yards) and in market share of receiving yards (16 percent).
During his time as a starter, Campbell was able to produce in a multitude of ways. As a junior and a senior, Campbell posted a 14-186-2 rushing line. He was also utilized heavily on special teams. Over the course of 2016 and 2017, Campbell returned 30 kicks for 913 yards. Jon Moore has done terrific work highlighting the hidden benefit of utilizing all-purpose yards in our evaluation, and Campbell passes with flying colors.
Campbell returned for his senior year and performed quite well. He improved upon his raw receiving metrics, target share of receiving yards, and his Dominator Rating.
Although Campbell did not return kicks as a senior, he rushed nine times for 24 yards.
NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS
Unfortunately, Campbell doesn’t grade out well if we utilize Kevin Cole’s prospect regression tree.Campbell fails to hit any of the production thresholds we look for in successful WR prospects. However, note that Campbell plays in an offense where the ball is spread around quite a bit. Fellow WRs K.J. Hill, Terry McLaurin, and Johnnie Dixon respectively accounted for 17, 14, and 13 percent of Ohio State’s market share of receiving yards.
Most importantly, Campbell is a multi-skill player with the ability to run routes as a receiver or play out of the backfield. Campbell’s hybrid skillset is one that is coveted by creative offensive coordinators. If Campbell is drafted early, he should provide strong dividends for those players who selected him early in their rookie drafts. Given that Campbell is a true playmaker, lets hope that he’s selected by a pass-happy team or one with an offensive coordinator who will design plays for him all over the formation. Campbell could be worth an early-second rounder in rookie drafts, depending on his landing spot.