Weight: 230 pounds
Drafted By: Pittsburgh Steelers (2nd round, 48th overall)
40 Yard Dash: 4.52
Bench Press: 24
Vertical Jump: 31.5″
Broad Jump: 118″
Scouting Report/Player Notes
Bell is a huge, tough running back prospect who has a lot of upside at the NFL level in my opinion. As a junior for the Spartans, he’s carried the ball an unprecedented 350 times, and Michigan State has leaned on him almost too heavily to produce in their offense this season. In fact, his 350 carries this season are more than the 289 he had in his previous two seasons combined. I think at 244 pounds, it could be easy for Bell to let his weight get away from him, and I think his ideal playing size in the NFL could be around 230-235 pounds. He has really good agility for a big guy, and the only reason he’s got such a low yard per carry average this season is the insane number of carries he’s taken on. This is a guy who can be really effective between the tackles, but he also has some breakout ability and can make big plays down the field. I think he could be similar to a bigger version of Willis McGahee at the NFL level, but time will tell. He has really good burst to the second level and hits the hole hard. I really like the way this guy runs and his ability to put games away.
Career Highlights (via MSU athletics site)
CAREER NOTES: Powerful and explosive three-year letterwinner rushed for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns in 40 career games . . . finished his career ranked among MSU’s all-time leaders in rushing TDs (sixth with 33), rushing attempts (sixth with 671), rushing yards (seventh with 3,346) and all-purpose yards (ninth with 4,114) . . . had 12 career 100-yard rushing games, which is eighth most in MSU history . . . talented all-around back had 78 career receptions for 531 yards (6.8 avg.).
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: In three bowl games, had 206 rushing yards on 53 carries (68.7 ypg.; 3.9 avg.) . . . named Offensive Player of the Game in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl after rushing for a game-high 145 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries in MSU’s win over TCU . . . rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries (2.8 avg.), including TD runs of 8 yards and 1 yard, in the triple-overtime win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl; also had five receptions for 39 yards . . . his 1-yard TD against the Bulldogs with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the score at 27 and sent the game into overtime . . . had 13 rushing yards on four carries vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.
Video Highlights (via YouTube)