Terps’ Campbell to Leave College Park Early, Enter NFL Draft

December 18, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Here is the Official Release from Maryland…..

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland junior offensive lineman Bruce Campbell will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.
 
Campbell, who was a fixture on the offensive line for the Terrapins the last three seasons, arrived at the decision Thursday.
 
“I felt like it was the right time for me to enter the draft,” Campbell said. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I feel like I’m ready to compete at the highest level.”
 
Campbell reached the decision after talking with his family.
 
“My family definitely supports my decision,” Campbell said. “They want what’s best for me.”
 
Campbell played in 27 games during his Maryland career, all at left tackle. He started 17 career contests, including all nine he played in this season. He missed three games in 2009 due to injury.
 
“Bruce made a tremendous contribution to our program,” Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said. “We’re supportive of his decision. We’ll do anything we can to help him during this process and wish him the best of luck.”
 
The 2010 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 22-24.

NFL Draft Bible ranks Campbell as the 7th best OT prospect currenty, and believes he will be a 1st or 2nd round pick; other Draft scouts believe Campbell is a surefire 1st round pick; some see him as a potential Top 15 pick. Campbell is 6’7″, 310 pound. He will certainly benefit from the success former Terrapins OT Jared Gaither is having with the Ravens.

-G

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