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Michael Campanaro eyeing third round, will participate in Ravens' local Pro Day next week

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It's a busy time for Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro as his preparations continue for the NFL draft.

Following a prolific college career and a strong performance at the NFL scouting combine, the River Hill graduate and Clarksville native is hoping to be drafted as high as the third round.

"It's been really good," Campanaro said Sunday in a telephone interview. "My agent, Drew Rosenhaus, went to the owners meetings and he said about every team in the league has a third-round grade on me and that it's a strong possibility. He could definitely see me going late in the third round or early in the fourth round.

"I think I helped my stock after the combine. It's a deep receiver class with so many good receivers. I don't care where I go. I just want to go somewhere where it's a good fit for me. I'm just excited to see where I end up."

Campanaro is back home for the next few weeks after training most of this year in South Florida with Pete Bommarito.

Campanaro has also accepted an invitation to attend the Ravens' local prospects workout day next Monday at their training facility.

"I'm real excited to work out there for the Ravens," Campanaro said. "It's going to be fun. I've been there before once when I was younger. I met the receivers coach, Bobby Engram, at the combine and talked to him a little bit. He's a really good coach and a really good guy. The Ravens called a few days ago, so I'm looking forward to working out for them."

At the NFL scouting combine, Campanaro ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, registered a 39-inch vertical leap, a 10-2 broad jump, a 6.77 three-cone drill and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times.

His workout numbers were superior to Denver Broncos star slot receiver Wes Welker when he entered the NFL in 2004 and had a 4.65 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical leap and a 9-5 broad jump. Campanaro also had better numbers than New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola's 4.68 time and a 27.5-inch vertical leap when he was entering the NFL in 2008.

"I think I turned a lot of heads with my speed and athleticism," Campanaro said. "I don't think teams thought I would run that fast or jump that high. I think I helped myself out a lot. I was actually hoping to run a little faster, but I still think the 4.4 definitely helped me.

"I showed teams my athleticism is up there with the best in the league. Across the board, I felt like I had one of the best overall combines. I feel like I have the savvy to work the middle and perform the way the Welkers and Amendolas have as a slot receiver. What I do will translate to the NFL."

Campanaro caught a school-record 229 passes for the Demon Deacons and finished with 2,506 career yards and 14 touchdowns.

He held formal meetings at the combine with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, including Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, and also talked with Carolina Panthers receivers coach Ricky Proehl.

As a junior, Campanaro had 79 catches for 763 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 67 passes before breaking his collarbone. He was just a few weeks removed from starting running again when he was at the Senior Bowl.

Campanaro said he hasn't had any official visits yet.

"I don't think I have them because I did the Senior Bowl and the combine," Campanaro said. "Guys sometimes get team visits because they have character issues, and I don't think people are too interested in talking to me about that since I don't have any character problems."

With the draft pushed back to May this year, Campanaro is remaining patient and working out as he prepares for a busy spring that will include a rookie minicamp after the NFL draft, organized team activities and a full-team minicamp.

"I'm just working out and staying in shape and playing the waiting game," Campanaro said. "The draft will get here eventually. I'm having a little party down in Miami with a lot of friends and family coming down. After the draft, I'll start gearing up again and getting ready for minicamps."

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