NFL Draft: UGA 2nd round cornerback Tyson Campbell's new coach is Urban Meyer with Jaguars
Georgia's secondary turned out two of the top six cornerbacks selected in the NFL draft.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and new coach Urban Meyer snatched up Tyson Campbell Friday night with the first pick of the second round, the No. 33 overall. That followed Eric Stokes going with pick No. 29 Thursday night by the Green Bay Packers.
"It's a surreal feeling, man," Campbell told reporters. "God has blessed me with an opportunity to stay in my home state where family can not have too far of a drive to come see me."
The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Campbell was a big-time recruit out American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla. where he played in the same secondary as cornerback Patrick Surtain who went to Alabama and was the No. 9 overall pick Thursday.
Campbell was recruited by Meyer at a camp at Florida International when the former Florida coach was at Ohio State, but the Bulldogs won out. Campbell said they laughed about that in the lead up to the draft.
“Whatever team calls me, whatever team drafts me, they’re going to be getting a player that is willing to do anything to help the team out whether it’s playing slot or outside corner or man, zone, anything,” Campbell said at UGA's Pro Day in March. “I’m all for it.”
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Campbell was the first Georgia player drafted by Jacksonville since first rounder Marcus Stroud in 2001 and just the fourth in franchise history.
Campbell started 24 games over three seasons with 11 passes defended but just one interception which came last season.
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, a former director of pro personnel with Washington and Philadelphia, said on air Campbell reminds him of Jimmy Smith of the Ravens because of his size and speed.
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"For the first two thirds of the down, he's almost perfect as far as his technique up at the line of scrimmage in press and his ability to run with receivers down field," Riddick said. "It's just the last third of the down as far as finishing is concerned, his ball skills and making sure he locates the football to get more PBUs and more interceptions. If he can work on that aspect of his game, this guy has the ability to play any type of wide receiver."
Daniel Jeremiah, an NFL Network draft analyst and former scout, rated Campbell ahead of Stokes in his movement but said Stokes found the football better.
“To me, they’re not perfect corners, but they’re height, weight, speed guys,” said Jeremiah who pegged Campbell as a late first round pick.