Draft prospect: Jason Campbell

There is a very good chance that the Green Bay Packers will select a quarterback in the first three rounds in this weekend's NFL Draft. One of those quarterbacks who probably will be available when Green Bay is on the clock is Auburn's Jason Campbell.<p>

With Brett Favre on a year-to-year basis, count on the Packers to select a quarterback who will compete with Craig Nall and J.T. O'Sullivan to succeed Favre. Some scouts reportedly have rated Campbell higher than Akron's Charlie Frye in the draft. Both quarterbacks are accurate passers with strong arms and will probably only last into the second round. Will the Packers select Campbell? Or Frye?

Here is a closer look at Campbell from reports by Scout.com and NFLDraftScout.com:

Ht: 6-4.5

Wt: 230

40 time: 4.69

Year: 5Sr

High School: Taylorsville (Miss.) High School

Bio: Three-year starter named SEC Offensive Player of the Year last season after completing 188 of 270 passes for 2,700 yards, 20 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. His pass completion percentage of 69.6 ranks second on the school's single-season record chart, topped only by Ben Leard (70.7 percent) in 1999. Only Dameyune Craig (3,277 in 1997) threw for more yards in a season for the Tigers. His 188 pass completions rank fourth on Auburn's annual record list and his 2,730 yards in total offense rank third.

His 31 victories (31-8 record) as a starter are the most by any passer in school history and eighth in the SEC … For his career, Campbell gained 7,299 yards on 552 of 854 passes (64.6 percent), with 45 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Only Stan White (8,016, 1990-93) threw for more yards in a career for the Tigers and White is the only other Auburn player with more pass completions (659) and pass attempts (1,231) than his total. His pass completion percentage of 64.6 established a school record, surpassing the previous high of 61.5 percent by Jeff Burger (1984-87). Only Pat Sullivan (53, 1969-71) tops his 45 touchdown passes in school history.

Positives: Athletic passer who took his game to another level as a senior. Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and poised under pressure. Feels the rush, steps up to avoid it, then finds the open pass catcher. Improved his reads in the pocket, displays solid field vision and overall awareness. Looks off the safety, goes through receiver progressions and does not force the ball if nothing's available.

Negatives: Cannot drive the deep pass, late on the outs and loses accuracy throwing on the move. Rarely makes plays with his legs. When he rolls out of the pocket, he will sometimes hold the ball low and exposed, resulting in costly fumbles … Still needs to show better judgement, but has the power behind his throws to thread the ball in a crowd.

Injury report: No injuries reported.

Analysis: A prospect with the physical tools to work with, Campbell improved his overall game and made a big jump up draft boards the past six months. Most effective in a short passing offense that does not rely on the vertical game.


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