Potential Eagles 2021 Draft Gems, Episode 15: Colby Campbell

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Colby Campbell, linebacker
College: Presbyterian
6’0, 230-pounds

Colby is the superstar linebacker for Presbyterian College located in Clinton, South Carolina. He will be entering his fourth straight year as a starter for the Blue Hose. In the 2019 season, he set a Big South record of 150 total tackles in a season. When going up against his best opponent in Kennesaw State, Colby had 20 tackles, which is a Presbyterian College record in a single game. In his career so far, he has accumulated 259 total tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and 1 interception.

What he could bring to Philadelphia is much-needed speed and the ability to get side-line to slide-line. He reminds me a lot of former Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks. A great athlete and tons of effort on each play. His specialty might just be his ability to cover tight ends and running backs out of the backfield. He also specializes in fundamental tackling, where he rarely misses wrapping up his guy. Colby has serviceable strength and power when delivering hits, which helps with this. I would feel confident in saying he is an instant upgrade over Nathan Gerry, who is a very inconsistent tackler and a liability in coverage.

Summary of why he would fit in Philadelphia: Colby can become a day one starter if we have preseason in the 2021 season. The lack of depth of the Eagles who are in a position where cap space is limited helps his case for starting if he performs well. Colby would be a UDFA (undrafted free agent). He can provide a spark with his overall will and incredible effort on each play. This is a no brainer for Howie to bring him in this upcoming draft.

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