April 28, 2012
NEW YORK CITY - Former Cal safety D.J. Campbell was selected Saturday by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 216th pick overall. Guyton was the fifth Golden Bear taken following the earlier selections of second-round picks offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall), third-round pick punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall), and fifth-round pick Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall).
Campbell is the second Cal safety to be drafted in as many years following the third-round pick of Chris Conte (Chicago Bears - No. 93 overall) in the 2011 draft. Campbell is the first Cal player to ever be drafted by Carolina. Former Cal player Ron Rivera will be in his second season as the Panthers' head coach in 2012.
Campbell played in 46 games at Cal, including 38 of 39 during his last three seasons. He made 13 of his 14 career starts as a senior after spending most of his career primarily as a special teams player and reserve safety. Campbell finished his career with 110 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (-24 yards), 2.0 sacks (-17 yards), two interceptions that he returned 29 yards, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and 29 all-purpose yards.
In his lone season as a starter, Campbell earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior and ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles. He also added a team-high-tying two interceptions that he returned for 29 yards and two fumble recoveries, 2.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), five pass breakups and a forced fumble. All of his season totals as a senior were career highs, with the pair of fumble recoveries equaling his 2009 number. His 0.15 interceptions per game ranked tied for 24th in the Pac-12. Campbell posted a career-high 11 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-4 yards) and a fumble recovery at UCLA , while he had eight tackles in the final game of his career in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas. He had a memorable interception just before halftime at Oregon that he returned 29 yards.
Campbell played in all 12 games as a junior, including his first career start at Washington State, and posted 21 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-17 yards), 2.0 sacks (-17 yards) and two pass breakups.
He played in 12 of the team's 13 games all as a reserve as a sophomore, recording 14 tackles and recovering two fumbles to rank tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with an average of 0.17 fumbles recovered per game.
Campbell's first action came as a redshirt freshman when he played in 11 games off the bench and recorded four tackles.
Campbell was not invited to the 2012 NFL Combine but did post a solid all-around performance at Cal's 2012 Pro Day. Campbell had 22 bench press reps of 225 pounds that would have tied for first among safeties at the combine, ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and had 38-inch vertical leap that would have checked in second at his position, and a 10' 7" broad jump that would have tied for second.
Visit the 2012 Cal NFL Draft Central page for extensive coverage of the selection of former Bears selected in the three-day 2012 NFL Draft that continues through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. ESPN and NFL Network are televising the event live.
CAL FOOTBALL NFL DRAFT NOTES (THRU SELECTIONS OF SCHWARTZ, KENDRICKS, ANGER, JONES AND CAMPBELL)
Cal has had 26 first-round picks and 219 selections overall since the NFL Draft began in 1936.
Cal has had 41 NFL Draft selections and eight first-round picks in the 11 drafts that have taken place since head coach Jeff Tedford arrived prior to the 2002 NFL Draft.
Cal had four first-round picks in three seasons from 2009-11 with at least one in all three, but did not have a first-round pick in 2012.
Cal has had two players selected in the first or second round of each of the last three drafts and at least one player selected in the second round or higher in each of the past six seasons.
Cal has had three players selected in the first three rounds of each of the last two drafts.
Steve Bartkowski (1975) is the only Cal player to ever be selected with the first pick overall in the NFL Draft.
Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 10th overall, 2010) and Cameron Jordan (Saints, 24th overall, 2011) made Cal only the second team in the Pac-10 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other).
Cal became the first Pac-10/12 team in 40 years to have two first-round selections in the same year that no other Pac-10/12 team had a single first-round selection when Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 10th overall) and Jahvid Best (Lions, 30th overall) were both first-round selections in 2010. USC's Al Cowlings (Bills, 5th overall) and Sid Smith (Chiefs, 26th overall) were both picked in the first round of the 1970 NFL draft, while no other Pac-10 team had a first-round selection.