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PFF shares intriguing numbers for Colts WR Parris Campbell

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The Indianapolis Colts may have unearthed a diamond in the rough in rookie wide receiver Parris Campbell.

According to Pro Football Focus’ official Twitter account, Campbell had the highest slot yards per route run average for draft-eligible Big 10 wide receivers.

Campbell averaged 3.44 slot yards per route run during the 2018 NCAA season. He beat the Northwestern Wildcats’ Flynn Nagel (1.99), the Iowa Hawkeyes’ Nick Easley (1.94), and the Indiana Hoosiers’ Luke Timian (1.50). It wasn’t close. Campbell beat his closest pursuers by a mile.

The takeaway: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has a new reliable weapon in the slot. This takes pressure off No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton.

Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich gushed about Campbell’s explosiveness, per ESPN’s Mike Wells.

“The first time I saw him on film…Paris was the one guy that really jumped off the tape to me.

Just his explosiveness. Playing in the slot, you see all the things he can do, but I really saw some abilities in him that I thought translate and make him not just a slot receiver.”

Reich also praised Campbell’s 4.31 speed, character, ability, and intelligence, per ESPN.

Campbell could contend for Indy’s No. 2 receiver. Wells notes the Colts have not had a reliable second option at wide receiver since Reggie Wayne retired five years ago. The likes of Andre Johnson, Ryan Grant, Kamar Aiken, and Donte Moncrief tried, to no avail.

Now, Campbell could be the No. 2 receiver the Colts have been looking for all these years. He should compete with Devin Funchess during training camp in the summer.

The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a 10-6 campaign and an appearance in the 2018 AFC Divisional Round. With a healthy Andrew Luck in tow, a Super Bowl run is looming in the horizon.

With that in mind, expect Paris Campbell to be a huge factor for the Colts in 2019 and beyond.