Ian Campbell, DE, Kansas State

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Ian Campbell, DE, Kansas State

Postby Pudge » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:55 pm

Ian Campbell
6-4/263 Kansas State
4.99 Senior

Pros: Has a good motor and has a decent first step. A nice bull rusher. Can work down the line laterally and make plays in pursuit. Is a nice tackler in space.

Cons: Doesn't get a good jump off the snap and lacks the edge speed to turn the corner. Doesn't get off blocks. Lacks the speed or closing burst to really stick at linebacker. Lacks pass rush moves and overly relies on subpar edge speed.

Overview: He's a player you like because you see flashes of ability and you like his motor. But he's not going to be a pass rusher. Those that want him to move to linebacker are mistaken, he's just not good enough to play there at the next level. Former walk-on, had 11.5 sacks as a sophomore end, then moved to linebacker as a junior and had 4.5 sacks. Then moved back to end as a senior, and still managed only 4.5 sacks.

NFL Forecast: If he can bulk up then he has a chance to become a solid effort guy as a left end. He won't ever be an impact pass rusher, but reminds me a bit of Kyle Vanden Bosch in his younger days, although not as quick as KVB was. Will primarily be a run stopper at first and with time, might develop enough technique and pass rush moves to be a competent guy. But probably will only ever be a 3-5 sack guy, with most of them coming off effort than skill. As a linebacker, he is just not going to do much, unless he can play special teams. He just lacks the burst and quickness to do anything on regular defense at linebacker. He would probably need to lose close to 20 pounds before he even become competent there.

ATL Forecast: Campbell could stick in Atlanta as a reserve left end because he has a motor similar to Biermann, but has greater size potential. He probably wouldn't do much early on besides eat up minutes for the other guys, but in two or so years once he's filled out his frame could be a much more valuable rotational player that gets most of his work on run downs. Would have the potential to start down the road, and could be a similar starter as Brady Smith in four or five years.

Value: He's a nice late round pick. The earliest you should take him is sometime in the fifth, but probably best to take him in the sixth or seventh.
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