WR Purdue 6-0 212 JR #3
GRADE: 85 OVR RANK: 61 POS RANK: 9
ARM LENGTH: 31 7/8”//HAND SIZE: 9 ¼”//40YD: 4.65 (28%)//10YD: 1.56 (80%)
VJ: 33” (37%)//BJ: 9’10”(46%)//BP: ( %)//SS: 4.57 (7%)//3C: 7.14 (35%)
Projection: Solid starter who you may always be looking to upgrade but could do more in a West Coast offense with an accurate QB who builds trust with him. Early Round 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: Bell has some things that the Ravens look for in their players: he’s a gritty, tough guy who is a willing blocker and who plays with real football intelligence. But he’s athletically limited which the Ravens usually avoid at the position and the offense the Ravens run requires separators who can win more emphatically with speed and explosion. Bell is a very technically refined WR who wins in subtle ways and with play strength. His catch-point skills would fit well in the Ravens WR room but I don’t think he fits well with what the Ravens look for and is too similar to Rashod Bateman to consider at a premium pick.
Overall Fit 3/5
Majority X, but spent some time in the slot too, not a great offense/QB.
Before the Catch
He has very good technique in his release. Against soft press he’s able to use good footwork and change of direction to win with a single move in his first steps but he isn’t subsequently able to put distance between him and the DB due to a long speed deficiency. He is more able to put distance between himself and the DB when he’s pressed as he’s able to use his savvy and play strength to win more emphatically. He has good placement and power to clear his hands when challenged with a jam and also has perfected beating quick press with a slide step to avoid, combined with his hands.
When he’s able to combine his feet and his hands to release from press he can win in this early portion of the route by attacking leverage, but he is speed deficient and it does show immediately after the release when he can let more athletic DBs back into the route. Against off coverage, he doesn’t close the cushion quickly but he is technically very good and attacks DB leverage. When executing a space release he can foot fire or power skip to close the distance to the DB and set up his press release effectively. Once into the route, his posture, salesmanship and processing, with his play strength allow him to win consistently. He’s technically refined and this helps him to cover up for his lack of athleticism. He reads coverage, making subtle adjustments to his routes to get open against zone.
On hard-angle breaks, he executes a very good 2-step with great posture and snaps his head out of the break, even the better processors he faced could not read his intentions. He works a similarly refined vertical cut, stemming at the DB, breaking off his route as close as possible to him before turning his chin not his shoulder to look for the football. In nod and go breaks he can use his body movements to convince the defender he has other intentions. Everything he does in gaining separation throughout the route is done with precision. If he is challenged by a defender mirroring him closely he can use his play strength to get open, stemming one way before using his hands to get past the other. He does not accelerate well out of the break.
The Catch and after the Catch
Not much to say except he catches everything, with pluck-y hands, great hand positioning and manual dexterity, catches outside his frame both on the run and stationary with all types of ball. He has great body control and can contort himself in the air and dive to make catches. Understands body position and can use it to stay open despite his athletic limitations. As a YAC-getter he wins mostly with play strength and some elusiveness to allow him to turn form tackles into arm tackles that he will then run through.
Wins off press with technique and play strength. Wins at the break-point with processing and play strength. Athletically limited. Elite hands and body control.
JR: 133 Tgts, 93 Recs, 1275 Rec Yards (13.7 Ave), 6 Rec TDs FR: 128 Tgts, 86 Recs, 1025 Rec Yards (12.0 Ave), 7 Rec TDs
INJURY: Concussion – missed one game (JR)