Sixth round: OL William Campbell
April, 27, 2013
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
Leon Halip/Getty ImagesWilliam Campbell spent most of his Michigan career at defensive tackle.PICK: Sixth round (178th overall)
PLAYER: William Campbell
POSITION: Offensive line
WEIGHT: 318 pounds
What it means?: Interesting pick by GM John Idzik. Campbell, predominantly a defensive tackle in college, will switch to the offensive line. That's not entirely a surprise, as there was some buzz before the draft about him changing positions. He auditioned as an offensive lineman in two of his three private workouts. He played a little guard in 2010, but returned to the defensive line.
Campbell played in 51 straight games, but it was an underwhelming career. He was a prized recruit out of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, the same school that produced former Jets bust Vernon Gholston, but he didn't crack the starting lineup until his senior year at Michigan. He dropped 30 pounds before his final season. He recorded a career-high 10 tackles against Ohio State. He was arrested last June on two counts of vandalism, causing damage when he tried to slide across the hood of a vehicle. He also has an under-age drinking arrest on his record.
How he fits the offensive scheme: The Jets are listing him as an offensive lineman, although he likely will be tried at guard. Join the crowd. After losing Matt Slauson (Bears) and Brandon Moore (unsigned), the Jets are loading up at the position. This doesn't bode well for former second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse, whose scholarship has expired.
Projected impact: Considering the position change, Campbell probably will have no impact as a rookie. It will take him at least a year to get comfortable. Perhaps the Jets are hoping for another Brandon Moore situation -- a former college defensive lineman who made a successful transition to guard. Thing is, Moore was an undrafted free agent. It's unusual -- and questionable -- to spent a draft pick on this type of projection.