Photo of De'Vondre Campbell
Drafted By: Falcons

Combine Results

Grade
5.29 ?
  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

If Atlanta didn't have speed at linebacker last season, they've got it now. Campbell and their 2nd round pick, Jones, have range for days. Campbell's instincts aren't starter caliber but he'll be a rotational player as he develops and learns their scheme. He should be an excellent special teamer right away. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Wiry and strong, Campbell is just scratching the surface of his potential. Though you'd expect a linebacker of that size to be purely a pass rusher, the Hutchinson Community College transfer moves better than expected in the open field. After a solid sophomore (three starts in 13 games played, 41 tackles, three for loss) season for the Gophers, he earned a starting role as a junior (75 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks). Campbell lived up to his billing in 2015, named by Big Ten coaches and media honorable mention all-conference as he made 92 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and a team-high four sacks.


Pro Day Results


3-cone drill: 7.07 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

NFL­-caliber athleticism. Looks the part on the hoof with thickness through bubble and thighs with tapered calves. Has the quick­-twitch to respond suddenly and explode towards the ball. Possesses quality chase speed to close down running backs looking to turn the corner, but runs under control. Uses length for expanded tackle radius. Plays with ready hands and often strikes first blow against blockers while looking to shed. Has played in the middle and outside. Looks like he has some edge-­setting qualities. Uses arm over move effectively as blitzer. Flashes some pop behind his pads and has the combination of speed and length to restrict backside cut­back lanes.

Weaknesses

Linebacker instincts missing badly. Too many snaps where he does the offensive lineman’s job for him by running himself out of position and becoming an easily blockable target. Is slow to diagnose what is happening and is consistently behind on the play relying on athleticism too often. Needs technique work and additional coaching. Doesn’t keep pads square consistently when scraping down the line. Sits and waits on the second level rather than using natural burst to play downhill. Below average at leveraging his run fits. When dropping into coverage, looks like he’s occupying space rather than looking to squeeze top or routes. Needs to read quarterback’s eyes more and drift into passing windows.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Bottom Line

Campbell has an Academic All-­Big Ten under his belt, but the classroom smarts don’t always translate into on­field instincts for the linebacker. While Campbell has terrific size and NFL-­caliber athleticism, his inability to consistently perform his assignments as a second level linebacker could make him a project.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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