Parris Campbell has eyes on the Cleveland Browns
Former Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell said ‘it would be huge’ to stay in state and play for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL
Fans get to learn more about athletes during every NFL Scouting Combine. The big things are usually on the field as players show off their strength, speed, and agility. However, we also learn more about their lives off the field as they open up during interviews and press conferences.
One player who peeled back the curtain a little was Ohio State wideout Parris Campbell, who said he would like to stay in-state as a member of the Cleveland Browns. Part of the reason for that would be familiarity as Campbell played high school football in Canton before heading to Columbus to join the Buckeyes.
Another reason is Campbell’s family, including his six-month-old son, is nearby and would be able to continue to show up to each of his games.
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"“It would be nice, honestly. My family, just throughout my entire career, have been right by my side. Never once slacked, never once failed, never missed a game, never missed anything. They were just always there for me, and they’re the reason I’m the man I am today and the reason I’m the player I am today. So it would be huge.” — Campbell said at the Scouting Combine according to Nick Shook of Cleveland.com"
A converted running back, Campbell struggled to adapt as a receiver early in his career. However, he credits the addition of Brian Hartline to the Buckeyes staff for his development which led a breakout season in 2018. As a senior, Campbell had career highs in receptions (90), yards (1,063), and touchdowns (12). Even so, he’s trying to shake the label of being a ‘gadget player.’
Campbell has done well early in the Combine as he tries to convince teams to draft him. He posted the best 40-yard dash time on Saturday when he put up a 4.31 which is sure to turn heads. We will have to wait to see where he ends up, but considering how much John Dorsey loves speed at wideout, there could be mutual interest between Campbell and his hometown team.