Prospect: Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan St.
By Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
February 17, 2013
Ht:
6-2 Wt: 244 40: 4.62

Strengths: Great size.  Playmaker.  Very elusive for being such a big guy.  Very athletic; with good jumping ability.  Makes good cuts.  Able to change direction quickly.  Able to turn a broken play into a positive gain.  Good footwork, able to stay on his feet.  Good awareness when blocking.  Tough runner.  Uses hands effectively.  Hits the hole hard with great toughness.  Also very tough to bring down, breaks arm tackles often.  Good motor.  Can be a capable receiver out of the backfield.  Able to return kicks.

Weaknesses:  Get lower; runs too high.  Sometimes tries to go for the big play and loses yards.  Does not show good burst.  Not a fast RB.  Field vision needs to be better.  Needs to keep his feet moving when engaged.  Has had a lot of carries over his college career.  Does not have a lot of potential.

Summary:  Le’Veon Bell is a very exciting back who has terrific size and is an unbelievable athlete.  I was really surprised at how elusive he is; he can jump defenders, squeeze in between tacklers, make something out of nothing.  It’s fun to watch.  I am concerned with his speed and burst though.  I did not see it a lot of film and I have concerns about this at the next level.  The amount of carries he has received over his college career really worries me too.  Bell is a playmaker though, with some serious skill that he will be able to bring to an NFL team next season.  I see him being a 4th round pick.

Draft Projection: 4th round