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Colts Select Electric Parris Campbell, Finally Take Heat off T.Y. Hilton

The Colts have needed to address the receiver position outside of T.Y. Hilton and it looks like they finally have some potential with the electric Ohio State wideout, Parris Campbell. Playing in Urban Meyer’s H-Back role, Campbell utilized his 4.31 track star speed to the tune of a 90 rec, 1,063 yd and 12 touchdown senior season. Although he was mostly asked to make plays on tap passes, screens and underneath routes, the speedster significantly improved under new WR coach Brian Hartline. If you mix TY Hilton’s vertical speed with Campbell’s quickness underneath, the two make a lethal 1-2 combo in Frank Reich’s offense that will make life much easier for Andrew Luck.

When #DraftTwitter broke down “the film” of the former Buckeye, they strictly saw him as a blur on the screen who made plays in space after the catch. But in reality, Hartline was vital to Campbell’s breakout. He bested his previous high in receptions by 50, he doubled his previous career high in yardage and only had five total touchdowns before notching 12 as a senior. Under Ryan Day, the Buckeyes transformed their offense from Meyer’s inside zone scheme to a pass-happy offense dripping with NFL concepts.

“It was at the Combine, remember?” Ballard asked Reich. “His Combine workout was incredible, and look, in that offense he was used a primarily a slot only at Ohio State, and the Combine you saw him do things that you never really got to see him do just because of the way he used them. I mean as a route runner, his hands – I know Frank got intoxicated with him just running around our turf during the Combine. He is an exciting player for us.”

With the addition of the Campbell and the big-bodied Devin Funchess, the Colts are no longer scraping off the bargain bin for weapons across from Hilton.

The former Buckeye debuts at WR44 on our Big Board.

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