It would be reasonable for NFL scouts to look at former St. Vincent-St. Mary and Ohio State standout Parris Campbell’s stats from his junior to senior years as a Buckeye and hold a multitude of questions. Chief among them: What happened?

Campbell, 6 feet and 205 pounds, enjoyed an explosive final season as a wide receiver for the Buckeyes after only learning the position in college, more than doubling his production in his senior year.

Campbell, who played running back at St. V-M, earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference at wide receiver on the way to catching a school record 90 balls for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. The season prior, he caught 40 passes for 584 yards and three touchdowns. He expressed confidence he will continue to grow into the position.

“I think my ceiling is high for the position. I made the transition when I got to college. It was a struggle for me early on but I continued to work, and it got to the place I am now,” he said at the NFL combine last month. “But definitely I think my ceiling aside, I think I have a lot of potential to still reach for sure.”

That is what NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein says in his profile of Campbell.

“Teams know he's a gifted athlete, but he needs to add more polish as a route-runner to become a well-rounded target instead of a gadget slot,” Zierlein said. “His upside is bolstered by his traits while his special teams ability and talent with the ball in his hands should level out any bust concerns.”

OSU wide receiver coach Brian Hartline, a GlenOak graduate who played seven years in the NFL — six with the Miami Dolphins and a season with the Browns — agreed.

“I think we noticed a guy who was playing the game a lot faster,” Hartline said. “He was running routes a lot faster. He was starting to view himself as a route technician. He was starting to play the game like a true artist of the position and he was operating with purpose.”

At the NFL combine, Campbell displayed the one thing that can’t be taught — speed. He was clocked at 4.31 in the 40-yard dash, a number that tends to make NFL scouts salivate.

Consensus from various draft analysts gives Campbell a second-round rating, but a couple have him sneaking into the tail end of the first round. Campbell has said he would have no problem playing right up the road at FirstEnergy Stadium for the Browns.

He certainly benefited from the record numbers quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. posted in his lone season as Ohio State’s starter and a change in offensive philosophy, but he certainly worked at his craft, both he and Hartline said. In other words, he doesn’t want to be just known as a fast guy who catches the ball.

Playing wide receiver for the Buckeyes in former coach Urban Meyer’s offense offers challenges for those players looking to make it to the next level.

“Urban [Meyer] has a system and it works, but it makes it harder to evaluate his receivers,” an AFC personnel executive told NFL.com. “Mike Thomas was just OK in their offense and then he gets to the pros and he's great. Campbell is kind of raw, but that same thing could happen with him."

One of the things he’s worked on is eliminating the drops.

“It's always been questionable about my hands. But like I said, I've put in so much work,” Campbell said at the combine. “I'm so confident in myself, so confident in my hands to where I am today from where I stepped foot on the Ohio State University. It's a completely different player, a completely different person.”

Hartline saw that leap in production from the junior to senior season and gave him credit for having one of the lowest drop percentages on the team.

“His hands improved,” he said. “He was playing faster and I think he really began to embody not just an athlete playing receiver, but he was a fast guy playing the position in a technical sense, so I think he just became more of a true receiver.”

Hartline said he knows that whichever team drafts Campbell is getting a phenomenal young man who plays the game the right way, physically and mentally, but he also knows the drive Campbell has, seemingly implying that failure is not an option for him.

“If you ask him to do something, he’s going to do it,” Hartline said. “He’s not going to complain. He’s not going to ask why. He’s just going to do it and I think that’s a lost trait, a lost art.”

George M. Thomas can be reached at gmthomas@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByGeorgeThomas.