School: Wayne State
Position: Running Back
Projected 40-Time: 4.55
Star Rating: Grade: 77
Draft Projection: 3rd - 4th Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Bell is an intriguing prospect who has great size and plenty of skills to develop. He sees the field very well and has the ability to cut back in a small area to avoid defenders. He’s patient, waits for his blocks to develop and quickly hits the hole for a big gain. He’s a physical runner that delivers strong, stiff arms and runs low and hard to gain an advantage against the opposition. He breaks initial contact and is able to regain his balance and body control without breaking stride. He’s deceptively fast and can turn the corner. He’s a solid receiver out of the backfield and offers the quarterback a nice safety target.
Weaknesses: He gives effort in blocking, but has to improve his overall technique. He doesn’t possess elite speed and takes big hits.Steuber Says: Bell has rushed for over 2,000 yards the last two seasons and has dominated the competition at the Division II level. He rushed for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns this past year and won the Harlon Hill Award, which is given to the best player in Division II. This is a big off-season for Bell. He has to show that he can compete with the best players in the nation, and coming from the Division II level, I’m sure he’s ready to showcase his skills in front of scouts. The biggest question with Bell is his speed, and if he runs a high-4.4 or a low-4.5, he will receive third round consideration.
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