RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State


Steelers, 2nd round. Mich. St.: Great size — big enough for a FB. Above-average hand size. Junior who has declared for 2013 NFL Draft.

Positives: Protects ball well through line. Patient and waits for blockers. Goes to ground for passes — good effort. Average speed. Good, natural hands catcher. Willing pass blocker. Gets low and churns well in short yardage. Above-average quickness, COD, agility for his size.

Negatives: Below-average burst. Seems slow to decide to hit hole. Tends to start runs too upright. Looks a little lost as a pass blocker. Slow in and out of breaks running routes.

Projection: Goes to a Steelers team that knows how to use big RBs like him. But he’s a lot like Jonathan Dwyer, who’s already on the team. I expect Bell to become the starter fairly immediately because of his hands and power, but I don’t think he’s a whole lot better than Dwyer. Has a nice combo of power, agility and hands that translates well to the NFL game. But I suspect he will be caught behind the line a lot in the NFL. If the Steelers can improve his decision-making speed and pass blocking, he could be a solid back. Draft as an RB4 with RB2 potential.

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