It took just 4.35 seconds for Toronto’s Tevaughn Campbell to enter NFL Draft discussions.
Despite not participating in any NFL regional combines, his record-setting 40-yard dash performance at the 2015 CFL combine resulted in expressions of interest from several NFL teams as they prepare for the 2015 NFL Draft, which begins April 30 (photo Troy Fleece, CP).
Campbell is a two-sport athlete who grew up in Toronto playing football with the Ontario Varsity Football League’s Toronto Thunder and running track at Jean Vanier SS and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate. He then continued to put in long hours of training, on both the track and the football field, while at the University of Regina.
While at Regina Campbell won four CIS Canada West conference track and field medals (including Gold in the 2012 60m dash and Gold in the 20144x 200 m relay) and was a CIS Football second-team All Canadian in 2013.
The business student’s two-sport perseverance paid off at the recent CFL combine when he recorded the fastest ever electronically-timed result at the event. His 4.35 second dash is also the 10th fastest result at any combine – including NFL combines – since 2000.
Sportsnet’s Justin Dunk reported that NFL interest “came in about as fast as Campbell covered 40 yards, with the Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Rams, Colts, Jaguars, Packers, Lions and Redskins inquiring about the Toronto native. Teams were asking for film to further evaluate Campbell.” http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/nfl/nfl-evaluators-view-top-canadian-prospects/
The 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back felt he could have gone even faster.
“The time was good, but I thought I could do better,” Campbell told the Regina Leader Post’s Ian Hamilton after the combine, which was held in Toronto. “I was a little tired from the shuttle run and the three-cone drill we had to do before (the 40). I was a little stiff too, so I didn’t get my knees up as high as I wanted.” http://www.leaderpost.com/health/Regina+Rams+sets+combine+record+yard+dash/10930911/story.html
Campbell told both Hamilton and the CP’s Dan Ralph that he hopes teams realize he is not a track star who dabbles in football, but rather a football player you makes use of track and field speed.
“I wanted to show I’m a football player,” Campbell told CP’s Dan Ralph. “A lot of them ask, ‘Are you a track guy?’ I trained all year for this, two-a-days with football and track, so I was hoping to put down a fast time.”
Campbell also finished second among players at his position in both the vertical (38.5 inches) and broad (10 feet 9.75 inches) jumps.
“The one-on-ones were good,” Campbell told Hamilton after recording a pair of knockdowns and an interception in the combine. “I was the only one to get an interception, so that’s good. . . . I covered pretty much all the top-rated receivers and I think I did fairly well against them.”
In addition to manning his defensive back position at the University of Regina Campbell returned kicks and punts, finishing the season as the school’s all-time leader in average yards per kickoff return (21.2) and second in average yards per punt return (10.48).