Sunday, April 27, 2008
Daily Patriot: Caleb Campbell
Maybe it was just me, but this year's NFL draft seemed to feature a lot of big names on the second
day. Sure, perhaps we've known for a while that John David Booty wouldn't be a starting quarterback in the NFL. We've known that Mike Hart is short and slow. We've known that Colt Brennan is a 180-pound rapist. But still, watching the draft reach its end and only hearing these marquee Heisman candidates' names within the final few picks was somewhat weird. On a personal note, I am highly displeased that Hart landed with the Colts. I hate the Colts.
And although we here at Sal Fasano's All-Stars pride ourselves on mediocrity, today's selection is not 2008 Mr. Irrelevant David Vobora, safety from Idaho drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the 252nd and final pick of the draft. Instead, we celebrate Caleb Campbell, the 218th selection overall by the Detroit Lions. Campbell is a safety with legit size for the NFL (6-2, 230) and will look to contribute at the very least on special teams in his rookie season. However, it is somewhat unique that he will have a rookie season at all because Campbell was drafted out of the Army football program. The Black Knights recently instituted a rule permitting their athletes to pursue professional careers immediately after graduation. However, nobody noticed at the time because Army sucks at sports and nobody expected anyone from West Point to get drafted. We were all happily surprised by Campbell's selection.
In a small and unimportant bit of analysis on my part, I would say that the Atlanta Falcons had the most successful draft. The Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, and the Washington Redskins also did very well for themselves. The Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars had somewhat turd-flavored drafts.