Bruce Campbell, Maryland’s mammoth left tackle, is expected to enter the NFL Draft, a source familiar with the football program said today.
Thus ends a college career high on promise based on amazing athleticism, but also filled with a series of hiccups along the way.
Serious hiccups? Not really. Campbell needed to go to prep school after originally signing in 2006, and then sat out much of spring practice last year while trying to work on his grades.
This year, he missed two games with a turf toe injury and another with an MCL tear —- reducing the depth of an already thin and young offensive line.
Ultimately, this comes as no shock. Campbell was the most likely candidate all along to continue Maryland’s trend of having a player leave school early each season. At 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds, there was never any doubt whether he looked the part.
“Bruce is a complete monster,” wideout Adrian Cannon said before the season. “He’s a freak of nature.”
Now he’s off to follow Shawne Merriman, Vernon Davis and Darrius Heyward-Bey as Maryland’s workout warriors at the NFL combine. All three of those guys went in the top 15 picks in their respective seasons.
—- Patrick Stevens