Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: DT William Campbell
William Campbell, DT Michigan
6-5, 311 pounds
Hometown: Detroit. MI
40 yard: 5.15
3 cone: 7.28
News and Notes:
William Campbell is your quintessential late round/priority rookie free agent. Coming into Michigan, Williams was a 5 star recruit who never lived up to expectations; typically overweight and unrefined, Williams bottomed out when he was asked to switch to offensive line during his sophomore season. That didn’t work out either and by his junior year he was back to defense. Things took a turn for the better when Williams reported to camp in his senior year after dropping 46 pounds, which translated to on the field production. However, just as things were improving, Williams was charged with felony malicious-destruction-of-property when he attempted to slide across a car hood ala Starsky and Hutch. In the end Campbell presents an enticing mix of size and athleticism muddled with immaturity and inexperienced.
What they’re saying about him:
- CBSSports.com: “Looks the part with a tall, well-built frame, broad shoulders and a large wingspan (80 inches). Can carry a lot of weight on his frame without losing his athleticism. Quick feet for his size with the agility to collapse inside and disrupt the pocket. Natural power to bully blockers at the point of attack, reset and redirect. Takes up room and has the size/strength combination to command double-teams.”
- Looks the part of a potential 3-4 DE.
- Very fast for a guy his size; at about 1:20, Campbell starts at the line of scrimmage at the Alabama 35 and hustles to make the tackle at the Michigan 35. Not many 300+ lbs defensive tackles can run 30 yards to catch up to a running back.
- Up against the best representation of a NFL offensive line in college, I though Williams acquitted himself fairly well. He managed to beat Barrett Jones twice (thought to be the best center in the draft) and Chance Warmack three times (though to be the best guard in the draft), once for a sack where Williams swatted Warmack’s punch and “turned the corner” on Warmack (check it out at 2:40, it’s like Clay Matthews in super slow motion) It should be mentioned that Williams was also destroyed on a couple plays, and it’s not like he’s the second coming of Reggie White.