General Manager Brandon Beane has shown he has made adding speed a top priority to the wide receiver room. By adding players like John Brown, Robert Foster, Isaiah McKenzie, Andre Roberts, and Cole Beasley with Zay Jones, (All under 4.5 second 40 yard dash times) Josh Allen now has more field stretchers to go with his strong arm. Come NFL Draft time, Parris Campbell (Ohio State) will be one of the top wide receiver prospects. His game could be a perfect fit for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
Making the Case
Campbell lit up the 2019 NFL Combine quite literally. He ran a 4.31 second 40 yard dash time good for a share of best wide receiver time. Campbell shared the time with University of Massachusetts’s Andy Isabella. The Ohio State wide receiver jumped a 40 inch vertical leap, 135 inch broad jump, and 4.03 second 20 yard shuttle showing elite athleticism and explosiveness. At 6’0″ 205 lbs he possesses great size for the role he plays. At 205 pounds with top tier athleticism, he is less likely for injury as opposed to a player like Marquise Brown who is only 166 pounds or even Marquise Goodwin at 180 pounds who Bills fans almost always saw injured.
Campell possesses the speed, size and versatility Beane has shown he is looking for in his receivers. His 2018 senior season composed of 1063 yards 12 TD’s, and 90 catches. In 2017 as a junior he rushed for 132 yards as a wide receiver as well. He has showcased himself as a solid special teams player also. His sophomore and junior years he returned kicks for 584 and 329 yards respectively. On film he shows that he can be a true field stretcher with his elite speed but also shows that he is a force in the screen game. Some analysts will argue he isn’t a deep threat because his average depth of target was low in college (around 4 yards per target) but this is misleading. A smart NFL should be able to unlock a 4.31 second 40 yard dash speed for deep threat usage.
Campbell has not posted elite stats over his four college seasons. But, he has shown he is great in every area of the game of football. Throughout his four years he has shown he can be a versatile wide receiver who can be a vertical threat, gain yards after the catch in the screen game, catch a lot of passes, provide rushing ability, and return kicks. A receiver who can do all of these things with elite speed and athleticism at over 200 pounds could be a real threat in the NFL. At a mid first-early second round candidate, he could be an option if the Bills trade back in the first round or early in the 2nd round. Campbell can do everything on the football field at a high level. His versatility and speed could be a perfect fit for the Bills and what Brandon Beane is looking for.