Just when it appeared the short yet solid Michael Campanaro had flown under the radar in this past weekend’s NFL Draft, the 5-foot-9 wide receiver, who once starred at River Hill, was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in Saturday’s seventh round.
In order to select Campanaro, the Ravens had to send a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the No. 218 overall pick in this year’s draft. The former Wake Forest standout joins a Ravens receiving corps that features Steve Smith and Torrey Smith but is in need of a slot receiver following the retirement of Brandon Stokley.
Campanaro’s football journey actually began in the backfield, where he racked up yards for River Hill as a running back. During his senior year, Campanaro rushed for 1,848 yards and totaled 34 offensive touchdowns to earn 2009 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year honors. He also shined on defense by intercepting seven passes (three of which he returned for touchdowns) and recording 71 tackles to lead River Hill to its second straight Maryland 2A state title.
At Wake Forest, Campanaro lined up at the slot receiver position and earned comparisons to Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos for his shifty moves and playmaking ability. Despite suffering a season-ending shoulder injury as a senior, Campanaro finished as the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 229 and ranks third-best in yards with 2,506.
Now, he will look to earn a spot on his hometown team.