Parris Campbell Selected By Indianapolis Colts with the No. 59 Overall Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

By Dan Hope on April 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm
Parris Campbell

Parris Campbell was one of the fastest players at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, and now he's officially an NFL player.

The Indianapolis Colts selected the former Ohio State wide receiver with the No. 59 overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Campbell is the third Ohio State player to be selected in this year's draft, following San Francisco 49ers first-round pick Nick Bosa and Washington Redskins first-round pick Dwayne Haskins.

He's the third Ohio State wide receiver in four years to be drafted in the second round, joining Curtis Samuel (No. 40 overall, Carolina Panthers, 2017) and Michael Thomas (No. 47 overall, New Orleans Saints, 2016). Ohio State has now had at least one second-round pick in every draft dating back to 2012.

Campbell was one of two Ohio State wide receivers drafted on Friday night, along with Terry McLaurin in the third round. Together, they are the 18th and 19th Ohio State wide receivers to be drafted in any round since 2000, surpassing LSU for the most among all schools.

Campbell set Ohio State's single-season record for receptions with 90 catches for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018, and is known for his explosive athleticism and big-play ability. He ran a 4.31-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, tying Samuel for the fastest time ever run by a Buckeye at the combine, and he had seven receiving plays of 30-plus yards this past season. A two-time captain for the Buckeyes, Campbell will also bring desirable leadership qualities to Indianapolis as well as the versatility to make plays as a ballcarrier and contribute on special teams.

It's the second year in a row that the Colts have drafted an Ohio State player in the second round, after drafting Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis with the No. 64 overall pick last year. It's the third year in a row that the Colts have drafted a Buckeye, as they selected Malik Hooker with the No. 15 overall pick in 2017.

The Colts have a fairly wide-open depth chart at the position behind T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess, so Campbell should have a chance to emerge as one of Andrew Luck's top three wide receivers in Indianapolis right away.

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