Tommie Campbell is not a very big name and he didn’t play much at all last year, which makes sense seeing as he was a mere 7th round pick rookie. However, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray raised some eyebrows when he called Campbell his team’s 2nd best cornerback, at least in terms of technique. Campbell has all the measurables as well as he ran a 4.31 40 at 6-3 205 at the Division-II All-Star Game last spring.
Campbell was originally recruited by Pittsburgh, but was kicked out for academic reasons. He then spent 2 years as a janitor at the Pittsburgh Airport, before getting a shot at California University of Pennsylvania. His strong measurables helped him get noticed and the Titans are feeling right now like they might have unearthed a gem.
Jason McCourty is established as the team’s #1 cornerback with Cortland Finnegan gone as he’s the only returning starter, but Gray mentioned that Campbell would compete with Alterraun Verner for the #2 job. Verner did a great job in the slot last year and the Titans have expressed interest in keeping him there.
They could have easily pulled the trigger on Dre Kirkpatrick at 20 in the 2012 NFL Draft had he been there. Even if Campbell loses the battle for the starting job, he would seem to be the favorite for the nickelback job as Ryan Mouton is coming back from an Achilles tear and Coty Sensabaugh is just a 4th round pick rookie.