Blake Bell drafted by 49ers

Second player off the board from OU on Day 3 of the draft is tight end Blake Bell.

The transition is complete for former Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell. Once considered a can’t-miss prospect at quarterback, Bell has officially found a home at tight end.

Bell, who moved to the position last season, was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round and 117th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon.

Nobody would have blamed Bell if he had transferred from OU following the 2013 season. Once it became clear Trevor Knight would be the starter, Bell had two choices. He could stay at OU and find a new position. Or he could have tried to transfer and play quarterback somewhere else.

He chose the former, and now it has all paid off. Bell had 16 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns last season but surprised many with how well he performed at the NFL Combine in late February.

Bell also rushed for 24 touchdowns and threw for 12 more in accounting for 40 total touchdowns during his time in Norman. He will certainly go down as one of the biggest all-time fan favorites during the Bob Stoops era at OU.

Known as the ultimate teammate, Bell earned the Bob Kalsu Award at OU, given annually to the player that displays the most leadership and serves as motivator and role model for his teammates.


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