S Vonn Bell: Drafted
Round: 2 (No. 62 overall)
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ridgeland (Georgia) High School
32 3/8-inch arm length
9 1/2-inch hands
16 reps on bench press
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 11 safety in the draft
No. 113 overall prospect
Ohio State Career: Bell came to Ohio State as the crown jewel of the 2013 recruiting class as the five-star safety garnered the No. 25 national ranking in the class, the highest of any Buckeye to sign that year. Though he cracked the two-deep as a freshman, he had to wait his turn behind senior starters Corey Brown and C.J. Barnett. Bell got his first start in the Orange Bowl that year, making a highlight-reel worthy interception of Clemson's Taj Boyd and registering seven solo tackles. He saw action in all 14 games as a first-year player.
Bell started every game as a sophomore and lived up to his five-star potential while helping the Buckeyes to the 2014 College Football Playoff national championship. The safety was second on the team with 92 tackles, the highest for an Ohio State safety since Mike Doss recorded 107 stops for the 2002 national champion Buckeyes. Bell added a team-high six interceptions on his way to earning honorable mention all-Big Ten honors.
While his numbers fell off during his junior year -- 65 tackles and two interceptions -- Bell was more widely recognized for his excellent play. The confident leader of the secondary, Bell was named a first-team All American by the Associated Press, Sporting News and SI.com while also earning first-team All-Big Ten honors.
Over three years Bell played in 42 games with 28 starts. Prior to departing for the NFL with one year of eligibility remaining he logged 176 tackles, 24 passes defensed and nine interceptions, including game-defining picks against No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and against Michigan in 2014. Bell had two career touchdowns for Ohio State.
Expert Breakdown: “I’ve got Vonn Bell right up there at the top of the second round. You’re getting a very steady player. You can play him in the slot or play him back. He tackles very well. There are times where you see him miss some plays, but in this draft there are two or three guys who are big hitters and I think Vonn Bell is one of them. He’s a very safe, very sound player and plays well in coverage. When he has to make a play, he’ll make a play.” – Bryan Broaddus, former NFL scout
Bell says: “You get the full package – a playmaker, a guy who can tackle in the open field, a guy who can make plays, a guy who just holds the whole the team together. You’re going to get a leader, another coach on the field. I’ve been a playmaker, I’ll always be a playmaker, I guess you just have a natural knack to it. It’s going to be a little harder in the NFL. You just have to have a little more film study, a little more preparation. If you always have that playmaking ability, it’s always going to stick with you.”