Parris Campbell still has big-time potential for the Indianapolis Colts
After lighting up the 2019 NFL combine with a 4.31 forty-yard-dash and a 40-inch vertical leap, Ohio State wide receiver flew up draft boards. In the end, the Indianapolis Colts selected the former Buckeye, Parris Campbell, in the second round with the No. 59 overall pick.
The Colts had been searching for a top-level receiver to pair with four-time Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton and many believed that Campbell would become that guy.
Unfortunately, Campbell’s rookie season disappointed. The 6-foot, 205-pound speedy wideout made just three starts catching 18 balls for 127 yards and one touchdown. Having Jacoby Brissett under center instead of Andrew Luck certainly didn’t help but overall, more was expected from the second-round pick.
However, Campbell still possesses elite-level speed, athleticism, and versatility. Often compared to former Florida Gator Percy Harvin coming out college, Campbell can do damage as a receiver, rusher, and returner.
The quarterback position for the Colts may once again be up in the air going into 2020 and while the uncertainty at the position isn’t great, it could give Campbell an opportunity to shine.
With the rumors that Eric Ebron may be on his way out and Devin Funchess’ future up in the air, there will be a void left behind among pass-catchers in Indianapolis.
Hilton will obviously be the consistent No. 1 option for the Colts but if Campbell is forced into more playing time early, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the speedster give the Colts offense a nice boost.
Fans like to overreact and call players busts after one year in the league. In reality, it’s far too early in Campbell’s career to make any judgments. At Ohio State, Campbell worked with a limited and basic route tree so it’ll take some time for the former Buckeye to get used to the playbook and the speed of the NFL game.
All the physical tools are there for Campbell. He may never become an elite receiver but he has the potential to become a unique and versatile weapon for the Colts. You can’t teach the level of speed that Campbell possesses and once he gets more comfortable with the Indianapolis offense, a breakout season could be in order.
Maybe it won’t come next year, maybe it’ll never come. Regardless, fans need to be patient with their 2019 second-round pick.
A hand injury kept Parris Campbell out for the second half of the 2019 season but if he can get healthy, the sky is the limit for the dynamic, speedy wideout.