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Bruce Campbell is this year's workout warrior

The scouting combine workouts have begun, and the most impressive performance in shorts and a T-shirt so far belongs to Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell.

We already noted that Campbell put up 34 reps in the bench press, but that was nothing compared to what Campbell did in the 40-yard dash, where he finished in a sensational 4.78 seconds, an absolutely amazing time for a 314-pounder.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus says it’s the fastest 40 ever for an offensive lineman. The average 40-yard dash for an offensive tackle at last year’s combine was 5.3 seconds.

Campbell is generally regarded as a first-round pick, and his combine has obviously helped his draft status. But NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock did pour a little bit of cold water on Campbell, saying that when viewed on film, Campbell doesn’t look as impressive as he does in the weight room and on the track.

“If there’s a star so far in the combine, it’s him,” Mayock said of Campbell. “What he’s going to have to overcome is the tape.”

UPDATE: Campbell’s official time was 4.85 seconds. In the past, fast 40 times haven’t meant much for offensive linemen.

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20 Responses to “Bruce Campbell is this year's workout warrior”
  1. Evil Dead says: Feb 27, 2010 10:40 AM

    Wow, it’s good to see that Ash from Housewares is playing football. I wonder how tough it was to bench 34 reps with a chainsaw for a hand.

  2. kennethnoisewater says: Feb 27, 2010 10:40 AM

    Nice…. I wonder when he’s coming out with the next Evil Dead movie

  3. underwriter says: Feb 27, 2010 10:44 AM

    Terps have one every year. Merriman,v Davis,heyward-bey and now Campbell. Must be the under armour

  4. blackglass says: Feb 27, 2010 11:15 AM

    Because the 40 time of an OFFENSIVE LINEMAN is pretty important. Good God.

  5. aj says: Feb 27, 2010 11:15 AM

    Wait til you see his vert

  6. mnmaverick says: Feb 27, 2010 11:29 AM

    Careful with the “Free Donuts!” lingo on Twitter.
    Len Pasquerelli, Tony Siragusa, and Dennis Green might be in the building.
    Len and Tony: “Did somebody say, “DONUTS!”?
    Denny: “We knew they were there! They baked them earlier! Where the hell are our donuts?!”

  7. bluestree says: Feb 27, 2010 11:30 AM

    Besides the tape of him you know, playing football, he has an history of injury.

  8. rolltide says: Feb 27, 2010 11:31 AM

    “And with the 8th pick in the draft, the Oakland Raiders select…”

  9. dogma1 says: Feb 27, 2010 11:32 AM

    He can go as high as 8 to Oakland, Bills at 9, Seahawks at 14…
    he is a top 20 pick for sure.

  10. mnmaverick says: Feb 27, 2010 11:32 AM

    “Because the 40 time of an OFFENSIVE LINEMAN is pretty important. Good God.”
    More important than you think. When an offensive lineman can pull, and move his feet to assist with down-field blocking, it’s a plus.

  11. as260191 says: Feb 27, 2010 11:33 AM

    The Raiders will take him. Pretty much nailed on.
    At least he’s actually got value at #8

  12. contraryguy says: Feb 27, 2010 11:39 AM

    “when viewed on film, Campbell doesn’t look as impressive as he does in the weight room and on the track.”
    Vernon Gholston unavailable for comment.
    btw, at least the guy got stuck with a B-movie action name like Bruce Campbell… god help the football player who shows up named Nic Cage, Tom Cruz or something similar.

  13. oh the usual says: Feb 27, 2010 11:56 AM

    The Al Davis automatically taking the workout warrior jokes were getting old. I thought they were based pretty much on two picks. I didn’t think this year it would happen.
    That being said, the workout warriors have just so happened to fit the need the Raiders have in the draft, and Al does like them. So depressingly, I am going to believe it this year. They were going LT most likely anyway, and now Bruce Campbell puts up these numbers. I just wish Golden Tate or Jahvid Best or someone would have been the athletic freak, so we coulda taken the best football playing LT available.
    So as far as Bruce Campbell goes: Mark it 8, dude. At least if there is a zombie apocalypse on the field in Oakland, we’ll have him.

  14. Nevisyakker says: Feb 27, 2010 12:05 PM

    Hey, that time would give him a competitive time for a tight end. Can you imagine the saftey’s face seeing 314 pounds moving at 4.7 coming at him with his pads lowered?
    Yeah, I know….but he has made himself a pile of money for someone whose tape of him actually playing the game doesn’t have the same wow factor.

  15. Slow Joe says: Feb 27, 2010 12:11 PM

    Ahoy.

  16. last starfighter says: Feb 27, 2010 12:34 PM

    Brisco County Junior at your service

  17. thepittsburghkid says: Feb 27, 2010 12:36 PM

    Careful with the “Free Donuts!” lingo on Twitter.
    Len Pasquerelli, Tony Siragusa, and Dennis Green might be in the building.
    Len and Tony: “Did somebody say, “DONUTS!”?
    Denny: “We knew they were there! They baked them earlier! Where the hell are our donuts?!”
    Really? I was embarrassed for you.

  18. Outsyder says: Feb 27, 2010 12:42 PM

    He’s not a traditional workout warrior.
    He was already projected as a top 10 to 15 guy. As opposed to someone like Gholston who wasn’t necessarily considered a first round guy.
    The biggest knock on Campbell is he’s weak in the run game.

  19. FootballPhil says: Feb 27, 2010 1:52 PM

    Yeah I remember all of the GM geniuses on here last year talking about Brian Orakpo and how he was another workout warrior that will lead to a bust.

  20. NoHomeTeam says: Feb 27, 2010 8:58 PM

    “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli
    Sailin’ ’round the bloody world to defend democracy
    And when ya need a fightin’ man ya’d trust to watch yer back . . . “

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