New York Jets select DT/OL William Campbell

The New York Jets selected William Campbell with the 178th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Per Scout.com: Has a combination of size and athleticism that is rare. Very powerful and drives his man back with regularity because of his strength. Does a good job getting off the ball, but would be even tougher to block if he played lower. He has good feet and shows surprising change of direction and pursuit skills for a big man. Needs to consistently play at a high level and maintain his technique for entire games, but has a very high ceiling. – Allen Trieu

At Michigan’s pro day, Campbell ran the 40-yard dash in 5.22 and 5.15 seconds. He had a 27-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-11 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.71 seconds and three-cone time was 7.28 seconds. Campbell had 35 strength lifts of 225 pounds.

In high school, Campbell was a three-year starter at offensive tackle and a two-year starter at defensive tackle for Cass Technical (Mich.) High School.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

According to Gil Brandt, Campbell may project better to guard at the NFL level and he worked at both defensive tackle and guard during the pre-draft process.  The Jets have already stated that he will be listed as an offensive lineman.

This sounds like a project and it’s becoming clear that the Jets are sticking to their board at this stage of the draft rather than drafting for need.  Although the Jets have added four offensive linemen over the last two days, it’s worth noting that Vladimir Ducasse, Stephen Peterman, Willie Colon and Austin Howard will all be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Unless something unforeseen happens, Austin Howard will return to the Jets as the team’s starting right tackle, though he’ll have more competition behind him from swing/interior players.    Howard played well enough last year that it’s worth noting how well he graded out for a first-year starter, but at the same time I don’t think the Jets would have minded upgrading the spot if the right player came along.

Over the years, the Jets have a thing for trying to convert guys who have recently played at defensive linemen.  Tackle is one of the toughest positions to play on the offensive line, so as noted above, we’d expect that Campbell will be asked to play inside more than outside … because it’s where he’ll see more time.

Heading into free agency, the Jets had a real problem heading with a lack of guard talent top to bottom … now they might have an overabundance.  Long-term projects like Caleb Schlauderaff won’t be able to be stowed this year … with so many players now as potential interior starters and backups the story is the same for everyone … produce or hit the road.

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