Redskins Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell is entering his 27th NFL season and his 13th with the Washington Redskins. Campbell originally joined the Redskins staff in 2001 as Director of College Scouting and in 2008 he was promoted to his current role as Director of Player Personnel.
As son of Marion Campbell, former head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and the defensive coordinator for the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (1980), Scott’s NFL background is an extensive one to say the least, serving in numerous roles throughout his tenure in the league.
Fans sometimes look at the NFL season within the microscope of a five month season and yearly April draft. However, for Scott Campbell and the other team scouts, championships are won and/or lost in the time spent off of the gridiron.
There’s truth to the notion that teams are built through free agency and the draft so the importance of the draft process cannot be overlooked. And looking back at the 2012 NFL Draft, the Redskins may just have struck gold. The team had nine picks overall, all of whom contributed in one way or another.
Most notably, QB Robert Griffin III won Offensive Rookie of the Year, RB Alfred Morris finished the season second in the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, QB Kirk Cousins played a pivotal role in relief, G Josh LeRibeus filled in for an injured G Kory Lichtensteiger during a critical time vs. Dallas to help claim the NFC East Championship and CB Richard Crawford took over the punt return duties late in the season, which included a huge return to set up the game-winning field goal over the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
All in all, the franchise may have found their quarterback and running back of the future while adding key pieces that could play a crucial role down the road.
Here’s a look at the 2012 draft:
- Round 1 (2nd Overall) – QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor)
- Round 3 (71st Overall) – G Josh LeRibeus (SMU)
- Round 4 (102nd Overall) – QB Kirk Cousins (Michigan State)
- Round 4 (119th Overall) – LB Keenan Robinson (Texas)
- Round 5 (141st Overall) – G Adam Gettis (Iowa)
- Round 6 (173rd Overall) – RB Alfred Morris (Florida Atlantic)
- Round 6 (193rd Overall) – T Tom Compton (South Dakota)
- Round 7 (213th Overall) – CB Richard Crawford (SMU)
- Round 7 (217th Overall) – CB Jordan Bernstine (Iowa)
This week at Redskins Park, Larry Michael sat down with Scott Campbell for a pre-combine interview to get his take on the whole process.
So without further ado, let’s get his perspective on the upcoming combine as part of the bigger draft process and help shed some light on what’s in store for your Redskins.
Approximately 333 players will be in Indianapolis for the combine that will take place Feb. 23-26. Every single one of them will be trying to prove their talent to NFL scouts, coaches, and general managers around the league and you can be sure that the Redskins will be heavily represented.
In a year when the team doesn’t have a draft pick until late in the second round, it’s especially important to take time to study some of the ‘unknown’ players at the combine.
Unlike last year, the Redskins realistically are not in a position to make a huge splash in this year’s draft so there definitely won’t be the anticipation level there was last year when the team traded with St. Louis to acquire the second overall pick and draft Griffin III.
The team is scheduled to have seven draft picks this year, as follows: 2nd Round (53rd overall), 3rd Round, 4th Round, 5th Round, 5th Round, 6th Round, and 7th Round.
With a majority of the selections in the later rounds, the front office will need to focus on really getting to know each and any player that even has a remote chance of donning the burgundy and gold next year.
Sounds simple, right? Well, not exactly. The team has a predetermined list of questions, guidelines, and criteria they’re looking for in each player that steps foot in the interview room.
Campbell stressed the importance of finding high-character players who best fit the system and scheme, saying, “Each interview is about 15 minutes. We’re putting a face to a name, [looking] how they handle themselves under pressure…” and the list goes on.
This year’s draft is a deep one, a class filled with potential which makes the scouting departments job that much more important. “Our goal is to improve every position in need,” Campbell said.
The scouting department has done an excellent job in recent years finding impact players in the draft’s latter rounds and appear confident that the trend will continue.
Campbell will be the first to admit that it’s a challenging and time consuming task to find talented guys deep in the draft who can contribute each year and this year will prove no different.
But ask him what his favorite part of the combine is, he answered (jokingly), “My favorite part is still the 40 [yard dash]. [I] still remember [former National Football League cornerback] Deion Sanders running a 4.2 [40 yard dash].”
To the dismay of Campbell, Deion Sanders will not be running in Indianapolis this year and 4.2 40 yard guys are a rare breed, but maybe, just maybe there will be a Leon Sandcastle sighting.
Stay tuned as we continue our countdown to the draft coverage over the course of the next few weeks.
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