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.

20 responses to “Bruce Campbell is this year's workout warrior

  1. 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. 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?!”

  3. “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.

  4. “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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. “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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