JACKSONVILLE – The dream became reality for Tyson Campbell early Friday night.
He summed up his reaction as follows:
"It's a surreal feeling."
For Campbell, that feeling came when the Jaguars selected him with the first selection of Round 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft – the No. 33 selection overall. He became the first defensive player selected by the Jaguars in this draft, the third overall.
Campbell, a cornerback from the University of Georgia, is a fast, versatile defensive back with the ability to play outside or slide over and play nickel. The Jaguars selected cornerback CJ Henderson No. 9 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft and signed cornerback Shaquill Griffin as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks last month.
"I was just waiting on the call," Campbell said. "I wouldn't say I'm surprised just knowing that I'm versatile and I can learn a new position. I can play and fit with any team, so I didn't come in expecting anything. I feel like with this defense I can fit in and play well.
"I trust my feet. I trust my hips. I feel like I can run with anybody."
Campbell said he primarily has played outside corner in his career.
"I feel like I can do it all," he said. "I do enjoy playing corner, but with my athletic ability and my knowledge of the game, I do feel I can play inside or play safety if needed. I can play all over the field."
Campbell (6-feet-2, 185 pounds), who played high school football at Plantation (Fla.) American High School, started 30 games in three seasons for the Bulldogs with an interception and 10 passes defensed. He also registered 99 career tackles and he had five passes defensed with an interception as a junior this past season.
"God blessed me with the opportunity to stay in my home state where family can have an opportunity not too far of a drive to come see me," he said. "I'm excited."
Campbell was recruited by Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer when the latter was the head coach at Ohio State University.
"Coach Meyer came to a football camp down at FIU – him and Saban were there," Campbell said. "We hit it off from there and always had a great relationship. Unfortunately, I didn't choose The Ohio State University, but I always knew me and Coach Meyer always got along way .It played out perfectly, so I'm excited.
"He gave me a hard time about, but we laughed about it."
The Jaguars on Thursday selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall and Clemson running back Travis Etienne No. 25 overall.