Campbell's Stock Soaring At Senior Bowl

Jason Campbell has been impressive this week in Mobile and that is helping raise his stock for the NFL draft.

Mobile, Ala.—Of the four Auburn players who have taken part in this week's Senior Bowl none of them have accomplished more for themselves in terms of their draft position than Jason Campbell.

The 6-4, 221-pounder, who was named the starting quarterback for Jon Gruden's South team, has shown the pro scouts and coaches who were in attendance his combination of leadership, poise, accuracy, arm strength and speed throughout the week's practice sessions.

"Yeah, I think I have answered some questions," Campbell explains about his performance. "I thought that I had a great week. I just had fun. I was just being myself. I didn't try and change anything."

By just being himself this week and especially throughout his senior season, many people believe that Campbell has gone a long way to pushing his name way up the draft board come April. "He benefited the most," ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. says. "He went from a sixth-round pick to a second-round pick.

Even with all of the tough times Campbell had to fight through during his college career to get to this point, he says that he always believed he had the ability to play on the next level.

"I have always had a dream I could get to this spot," Campbell notes. "It was just a matter of getting with the right people and getting the right opportunities and Coach (offensive coordinator Al) Borges came in and allowed me those opportunities."

Jason Campbell has been the most impressive quarterback at the 2005 Senior Bowl practices.

Like all of these seniors, Campbell is getting his first taste of what things are going to be like for them once they take a job with a club in the NFL, and the big quarterback says he can already see one big difference in the way things are done.

"They do things at a higher up-tempo pace," he explains. "They expect you to catch on really fast because everything moves at a quick tempo."

However, Campbell has had four offensive coordinators in his five years at Auburn, and he says that is going to help him adjust very quickly. "I think it is a big plus," he notes.

Despite all of the focus for the week being on players improving their stock for the draft, for all of these players it is their last taste of college football, and the most accurate passer in Auburn history says that is something that he has really relished this week.

"That is fun," he says about playing his last college game and it being with three of his senior teammates. "It is our last time to probably play together unless something dramatic happens and we all end up on the same team in the league, but the odds of that happening are kind of slim. So, I am going to enjoy this time and the moment and it has just been real fun."

The game kicks off at sold-out Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile at 3 p.m. with TV coverage on ESPN2.


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