COLLEGE PARK, Md. — While 11 of his former University of Maryland teammates pressed to make an impression on NFL scouts, offensive tackle Bruce Campbell smiled for the television cameras
and happily answered questions from reporters.
Campbell had nothing left to prove after running the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.85 seconds and bench-pressing 225 pounds 34 times last month in Indianapolis at the NFL combine. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder is projected to be a first-round pick in the draft.
So, on a day in which he had long thought he would have to prove himself as a potential NFL star, Campbell did interviews and shouted encouragement to friends Wednesday during Maryland Pro Day. Campbell opted to forgo his senior year at Maryland to enter the NFL draft.
Unlike Campbell, Maryland quarterback Chris Turner isn’t even assured of having his name called during the draft. So he eagerly jumped, ran, lifted weights and threw the football to give the scouts something to remember him by.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Turner ran the 40 in 5.16 seconds, then in 5.10. He pressed 225 pounds 11 times. Those numbers aren’t as important as the fact that he was a three-year starter, threw 30 touchdown passes, had four 300-yard games and was 5-2 against teams in the Top 25.
Said Turner: “I think with good performances, good interviews, with good tryouts with different teams I can get drafted. It’s just a matter of doing it.”
–The Associated Press