January 19, 2013; Carson , CA, USA; American linebacker Jordan Campbell (54) of New Mexico Highlands celebrates after making a tackle against National during the first half of the NFLPA Collegiate bowl at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Being productive as a starter, Jordan Campbell recorded 214 tackles, 51.5 tackles for losses, 17 sacks, 8 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries in only 22 games. That means he averaged 9.72 tackles a game. Not only that, but he broke the single season record for tackles for losses in 2011 with 28.5. Almost one-fourth ofCampbell’s tackles were tackles for losses, which is a crazy feat to think about when one takes into evaluation of how many games he played in and the type of production he had.
Coming out of college, Jordan Campbell is very raw but still contains many elements that a coach wants in his linebacker. Campbell has familiarity in playing in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defensive scheme. His work ethic is something that is continuous, so he never stops working hard. Toughness and strength are two very big things one can see while watching tape on Campbell. Closing speed and attacking from sideline to sideline are two things that Campbell does very well. He hustles to the ball carrier no matter what and never gives up on a play. However, he sometimes over pursues the ball carrier and struggles in pass coverage from time to time. Being raw,Campbell obviously has immense talent that the Bengals may have struck gold with.