Vikings to Meet with Linebacker

The Vikings have scheduled a meeting with one of the top linebackers in the draft. See what he and his agent had to say about his situation and what Scout.com analyst Tom Marino wrote in his evaluation.

The Minnesota Vikings are among a handful of teams that have scheduled a visit or workout with UNLV linebacker Beau Bell.

Joe Flanagan, the agent for Bell, told Steve Guiremand of Rebel Nation on the Scout.com network that the inside linebacker has arranged individual meetings with seven teams, including the Jets, Cowboys, Saints, Vikings and Browns.

"I'm pretty happy," Bell said after his pro day on Monday. "I thought I could have done a couple things better than I did, but it is what it is. I've just got to keep learning, and when I take my visits let them know what kind of guy I am. They know what kind of football player I am. I just have to let them know what kind of person I am."

The 2007 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year declined to do many of the drills at the NFL Scouting in February because he was still bothered by a knee injury suffered at the Senior Bowl, and on Monday he was disappointed that he ran in the 4.9-second range when he expected to be about two-tenths of a second faster, according to Guiremand.

"I just think he's not built to be a sprinter. He's a football player. … When you watch him on film, he's a maniac," said Flanagan, the agent.

Flanagan expects Bell to be drafted somewhere between the second and fourth rounds, and Scout.com's Tom Marino, a former NFL scout, has Bell rated as a late-second or early third-round value and the fourth-ranked middle linebacker in the 2008 draft.

"Explosive hitter who plays hard and fast," Marino wrote in his evaluation of Bell. "Can leverage, play off and runs to the ball. Excellent speed and backside effort – motor runs on high all of the time. A big hitter – people go backwards on contact. Top (special) teams potential at the professional level. Felt he was marginal in pass coverage (tends to play straight-legged, limited reaction). Sustained an MCL injury in Senior Bowl."

Bell started all 12 games as a senior in 2007, and registered a career-high 126 tackles, which led the Mountain West and ranked 20th nationally. He also led the conference with five forced fumbles and had three sacks and 9½ tackles-for-loss.

Rebel Nation made the following observations about Bell's pro day: "He recorded a 28½-inch vertical jump and had a 9-foot-1½-inch standing broad jump. Perhaps his most impressive performance came in a position drill where he was asked to drop back into coverage, flip his hips and then go out and catch a pass. Twice Bell made impressive grabs of difficult passes that were thrown behind him and a third time he dove to snatch an errant throw."

Although Bell said his knee is 100 percent healthy, Flanagan indicated that the Senior Bowl injury has held him back in preparing for his offseason workouts, as he has been rehabilitating rather than training full-time.

Teams like the Vikings may want to get a final look at his knee in a couple of weeks before placing a final draft value on Bell.


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