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2013 NFL Draft: Best Players Available: RB Le'veon Bell

Jonathan Daniel

Editor's Note: I asked Hotwheelz to get a scouting report of Le'veon Bell ready for today, as the Broncos have shown heavy interest in the running back, who is projected for the second or third rounds. Thanks! - Monty

Bio: Bell was not heavily recruited coming out of High School despite rushing for 1,333 and 21 touchdowns in his senior season. He arrived at Michigan State as a two star recruit and established himself as the #2 back in a very crowded backfield. He rushed for 605 yards and 8 touchdowns on 107 attempts. He also had 11 catches for 97 yards. Despite his strong numbers, he did fade down the stretch and had 56 yards on 36 attempts in the last 7 games. He came back his Sophomore year and rushed for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns on 182 attempts only getting stronger as the year went on and ultimately overtaking Edwin Baker on the depth chart. With Baker declaring for the draft, it was Bell's job to lose. He didn't disappoint and rushed for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns on 382 attempts along with 32 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown.

Height: 6'1" Weight: 230

Combine Numbers:

40 yard dash

Bench Press

Vertical Jump

Broad Jump

3 cone

Shuttle

4.6 seconds

24 reps

31.5 inches

118 inches

6.75 seconds

4.24 seconds


Strengths: Big back that shows a decent amount of agility in the open field. Is nimble on his feet and can make defenders miss. Has a pretty good spin move and a strong stiff arm he likes to use. Can hurdle defenders who go low on him. Runs hard and fights for extra yards after contact. Knows how to move the pile and fall forward. Good receiver out of the backfield.


Weaknesses: Is a little on the tall side for a running back which gives defenders a good target to hit. Hasn't had a fumbling problem, but has a tendency to run loosely with the ball. Lacks vision and needs to improve his burst in order to hit the holes before they close. Sometimes gets sloppy with his technique in pass protection. Lacks the speed to break long runs and beat defenders to the edge.


Projected Rounds: 2-4


Role on the team: The Broncos have shown very strong interest in Bell and he would ideally take over for Willis Mcgahee as the team's main back. He showed that he can carry the load last year with nearly 400 touches. In an ideal world, he would get 20-25 carries while Ronnie Hillman can spell him with 5-10. He'll need to clean up his pass protection and improve his vision, but he has the potential to be the bellcow for us and close out games in the 4th quarter.

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