2008 Draft: We Have a Visitor

Each year, over two dozen draft prospects are allowed to visit each team facility. Of course, the OBR's friends are keeping a sharp eye to see who's coming by. Sobo, with a little help from his friends, talks about the first draft prospect visiting Berea.

Each and every draft season, NFL teams are allowed to bring in a limited amount of prospects into town for personal workouts prior to the selection process. In 2007, teams were allowed to bring in 30 prospects apiece.

In the coming weeks, potential draftees will be flying to-and-fro from NFL city to NFL city. These workouts are private and information is generally held quite close to the vest. Over the past two off seasons though, multiple confirmed visits eventually became actual selections by the Cleveland Browns: Joe Thomas, Brady Quinn, Eric Wright, Jerome Harrison, and Kamerion Wimbley.

TFYdraft.com's Tony Pauline has recently confirmed for the Orange and Brown Report that UNLV linebacker Beau Bell has a personal visit and workout scheduled with Cleveland. Bell is one of the top inside linebacking prospects in an overall weak crop. Scout.com's draft database currently has the former Rebel as the third ranked inside linebacker in the upcoming class.

Pauline had this to say about Bell: "A two-down defender best making plays up the field and really struggles in reverse."

Scout.com's draft expert, Chris Steuber's agrees with Pauline's view of the linebacker:

Strengths: Bell has good size and strength. He has great range and plays sideline-to-sideline; locates the ballcarrier quickly. He's a sure tackler who's always looking to deliver the knockout punch. He's dependable against the run and has the ability to get to the quarterback.

Weaknesses: Bell plays with great aggression and that's a cause for durability concerns. He's a hard worker who lacks elite athleticism. He plays stiff, doesn't have great ball skills and has to improve in coverage.

Injury issues could become both a problem for the linebacker and a boon for the Browns. A MCL sprain Bell suffered during the Senior Bowl prevented the prospect from playing in the game and working out recently at the UNLV pro day. During his junior campaign, Bell also suffered through a nagging ankle injury, only playing in 7 games total. Which makes his upcoming personal workouts all that more important to his draft stock.

The raw stats on Bell are impressive: 6-feet 1-inch tall, 244 pounds, 25 repetitions on the bench press at the Combine. 187 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks over the past two seasons in 18 games started.

With their needs at linebacker, a prospect with the upside and ability of Beau Bell is exactly what the Cleveland Browns would hope to land even with no selections in the first three rounds of the draft.


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