Maryland duo Campbell, Carroll chosen in late rounds

April 25, 2010|By From Sun staff and news services

Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell, who some thought could sneak into the first round because of his workout at the NFL combine in February, was drafted Saturday by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round (106th overall).

Fellow Terp Nolan Carroll, a defensive back, went to the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round.

Campbell ran an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.75 seconds at the combine, where he bench-pressed 225 pounds 34 times and had a 32-inch vertical jump. His arms measured 361/4 inches.

But Campbell has not been able to translate those physical skills to dominant play on the field. He started only 17 games over three seasons at Maryland and didn't get a vote for the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season.

"I always feel like I have something to prove, ever since the combine where people said, ‘Oh, he's just a workout warrior,'" Campbell said. "I always felt like all that stuff is good, but I am actually a good football player. So now I can prove to everybody that I'm a good football player, thanks to the Raiders."

Carroll, a 6-foot-1, 202-pound senior captain who broke his leg in the first game last season, was drafted 145th overall.

Carroll missed the NFL combine but was impressive during Maryland's Pro Day in March for NFL scouts. He posted the top marks in the 40-yard dash (4.39), pro agility drill (4.21) and L drill (6.81). Carroll also did 17 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press and had a vertical jump of 371/2 inches.

He's a native of Green Cove Spring, Fla., whose mother, Jennifer, is a member of the Florida Legislature.

Quarterbacks: What was viewed as a weak draft for quarterbacks played out with 13 taken in seven rounds.

On the final day of the draft, nine quarterbacks went, with Northwestern's scrambling Mike Kafka the first to be selected. He went in the fourth round to the Eagles with the 122nd pick.

Next off the board was Fordham's John Skelton, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound late-bloomer from Texas. Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton, who didn't blossom until his senior year, went to San Diego with the last pick in the fifth round.

In the sixth round, Tennessee took Florida Atlantic's Rusty Smith, who goes to the same Jacksonville, Fla., church as Tim Tebow, with the 176th pick; Chicago took Central Michigan's Dan Lefevour with the 181st pick; Carolina took Cincinnati's Tony Pike, to go with second-rounder Jimmy Clausen, with No. 204.

In the seventh round, Buffalo selected Troy's Levi Brown at 209; New Orleans picked Oregon State's Sean Canfield at 239; and New England picked Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson at 250.

Seahawks trades: Seattle acquired recuperating running back Leon Washington and a seventh-round draft choice from the Jets for a fifth-round pick.

The Seahawks also traded with Tennessee to get coach Pete Carroll's former Southern California running back, LenDale White, a burly, fading star who lost his Titans starting job last season. That deal also included draft picks.

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