WR MICHAEL CAMPANARO, WAKE FOREST

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5’11” – 190 lbs. – 4.50e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 10 – 107 – 0 (10.7)
2011: 73 – 833 – 2 (11.4)
2012: 79 – 763 – 6 (9.7)
2013: 67 – 803 – 6 (12.0)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then contributed in a reserve capacity in 2010, also functioning as the team’s kick returner and, at times, as a running back. Started eleven of twelve games played in 2011, missing one to injury. Started nine of ten games played in 2012, missing two with a hand injury but earning second-team all-conference honors. Broke his collarbone while returning a punt in 2013 and appeared in just eight games.

POSITIVES:

•    Was a productive starter over each of the past three seasons for the Demon Deacons.
•    Overall height, weight, and speed are in line with acceptable figures for pro prospects.
•    Has worked in the slot, outside, as a kick returner, as a punt returner, and as a runner.
•    Possesses a nice burst, capable of getting up to full speed much quicker than average.
•    High-motor blocker with decent technique; motor helps obscure average size/strength.
•    Runs various different routes including screens, wheels, whips, curls, posts, flats, etc.
•    Reliable hands, doesn’t let many passes hit the ground, can catch away from frame.
•    Sound awareness in zone coverage, settles into soft spots rather than overrunning.

NEGATIVES:

•    Missed seven games over the past three seasons, build/style of play may contribute.
•    Probably won’t be much of a deep threat in the pros, quick but lacks blazing speed.
•    Hasn’t dealt with much press coverage, typically lined up a few yards behind the line.
•    Under six feet tall and doesn’t project as a possible vertical threat on fades and lobs.
•    Gets a little lazy and rounds off his routes a little bit when defenders are playing off.
•    Projects as more of a second or third receiver than a team’s primary receiving option.

SUMMARY:

Campanaro is a savvy, versatile receiver who has the look of a number two or three receiver who also helps on punt returns. He relies more on his suddenness and acceleration than pure speed, and may have some problems releasing if pressed by bigger corners, but is the type of player whose route tree is diverse enough that he’s open on a consistent basis, especially against zone coverage, where he does a nice job of settling into soft spots. He isn’t afraid to go over the middle and take a hit, but has been banged up over the years, with his style of play a potential contributing factor. Eerily similar to Patriots inside/outside receiver Danny Amendola.

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