Continuing the Green Bay Packers cornerback draft profiles with Tyson Campbell
Tyson Campbell – CB, Georgia – 6’1”, 193 lbs
Tyson Campbell is a 3-year starter for a very stout Georgia Bulldogs defense and played beside other NFL draft prospect, Eric Stokes. Campbell was also teammates with most people’s number one corner of the draft, Patrick Surtain II, in high school.
In 31 career games, Campbell registered 89 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 10 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble.
At his pro day, Campbell ran a 4.4 40-yard dash, a 34.5” vertical, 10’ 4” broad jump, 12 bench press reps, a 7.15 3-cone drill, and a 4.45 shuttle run. The pro day numbers put him at a 7.57 RAS. These numbers are slightly lower than what Green Bay Packers GM, Brian Gutekunst looks for but they are not low enough to take Campbell off of his radar.
Campbell’s biggest asset by far is that he is loaded with athleticism. His pro day and RAS score didn’t really do justice for how athletic he is on the field and I expected much higher scores. Campbell is fast and has shown he can keep up with any receiver even ones like DeVonta Smith and for the most part Jaylen Waddle.
Campbell is also very agile and has a lot of short area quickness. He has quick feet and fluid hips that allow him to change direction quickly. Along with having flexibility and very good burst from a plant foot that allow him to change direction and come back downhill with a lot of force and speed.
Campbell has experience in man and zone coverage and for the most part was successful in both, but he really stood out in man coverage, specifically in press. He was aggressive off the line of scrimmage and doesn’t back down to any receiver he faces and he stays aggressive throughout the entire route. He also does a good job of using his athleticism and footwork to mirror receiver moves off the line of scrimmage.
Later in the routes, Campbell does a good job of using his length to either disrupt the throw and catch or he will use his length as an extra helping hand when he is recovering on a deep ball. Campbell also shows that he has the ability to make strong recoveries when mistakes happen.
Despite being an outside corner, Campbell was tasked with blitzing the quarterback fairly often and he actually did very well in this area. He is patient and hits wide open holes and he comes in with a lot of speed and aggressiveness to avoid linemen adjusting to him in time. 3.5 tackles for loss and 1 sack may not seem too impressive but for an outside corner, those numbers were impressive to me.
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Campbell’s biggest weakness is his situational awareness. This mainly comes later in the play and his downfield positioning where he will often fail to get his head around to make a play on the ball. He also struggles when receivers work back to the ball to make the catch and he needs to have stronger hands when attempting to break up a pass because receivers will still make these plays even if Campbell is in great position. His ball skills in general need to see a good amount of work.
Campbell also has to trust his footwork more and get confident in their abilities. When moving laterally he can tend to rely more on his upper body and it will cause him to get off balance and lose steps to the receiver and cause separation.
Although Campbell has been relatively successful in zone coverage, there are times where he won’t fit to his assignments and tends to just “guard space” and sometimes players can get behind or beside his field of vision and get open without him realizing immediately.
Campbell’s health has also been a slight concern, he spent most of his 2019 season dealing with injuries and missed 5 games due to turf toe. It is not a big concern though and he had a healthy 2020 season to silence most of the concerns.
Campbell is a very athletic player and I wouldn’t consider him to be “raw” because he has a lot of experience as a corner even from early in high school, but he needs work on some of the technical and mental aspects of the position. This mainly falls under closing out the plays and actually making plays on the ball rather than face guarding and allowing a catch.
Campbell will likely do better in a man and press heavy scheme but he has shown enough to prove he can play in any scheme with the right amount of practice and development. A team like the Green Bay Packers could potentially be a good fit since it would give Campbell the opportunity to sit and develop, they also run a lot of press coverage and have an even split of man and zone coverage.
Currently most people have Campbell going anywhere from midway in the 2nd round to midway to late in the 3rd round. I personally believe he still is too much of a project to go earlier in the 2nd but I think a realistic spot for him is early in the 3rd round especially after his pro day numbers came out slightly worse than most expected them to be.