The sentiment around Joe Douglas’ first NFL Draft class has been rightly positive but I questioned why he did not double dip at receiver in what was heralded as the deepest WR class in years. Douglas did however make a very intriguing UDFA signing in George Campbell from West Virginia…
Campbell is a fantastic athlete as he has real sub 4.4 speed and a 40 inch vertical at 6”4 185 lbs. He was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and injuries plagued his time at Florida State and he could never consistently get on the field.
In 2019 he was a grad transfer at West Virginia where he finally got healthy and flashed. Used primarily on go routes, Campbell was always a threat for big plays as he was able to consistently win outside down the field. Campbell is very good at tracking the ball and even showed a willingness to make plays over the middle of the field on contested areas.
His season was up in down as he started the season with 3 touchdowns in the first 3 games but then tailed off. However, he had 14 catches for 362 yards and 4 touchdowns in his final 4 games as he finished the season with 19 catches for 469 yards and 7 touchdowns. West Virginia had some spotty QB play in 2019 and there were quite a few big plays that were left on the field for Campbell to add to those numbers.
The weakest room on the Jets roster as it stands is the WR room. Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims, and Breshad Perriman are the only locks to make the 53-man roster.
As much as I love Quincy Enunwa there is a better chance he never plays football again then makes a significant contribution in 2020. With the draft pick of Ashtyn Davis, it is likely he will see some return duties so it calls into question if the Jets will keep both Braxton Berrios and Vyncient Smith.
No rookie minicamp and OTA’s is going to hurt Campbell’s chances to make the 53 but if he stays healthy his deep speed could be a real weapon at the next level. His skill set is very reminiscent of Robby Anderson and we saw how Shawn Jefferson and Hines Ward helped Robby grow from just a deep threat into a more complete receiver this season. Campbell has the tools to be the fast dynamic playmaker Joe Douglas is craving and is a name to monitor this offseason as he has a real chance to be a part of what is being built at Florham Park.