2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 12, 2013 @ 17:44:55 PDT

 


Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell offers a bruising style of play to the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 2012 season, Bell's only full-time campaign as a starter, resulted in 1,793 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He added 32 receptions and a score through the air. Bell, a junior, had 34 offensive scores to his credit in three years with the Spartans.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
A mixed bag

Strengths

  • Strong build (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) with a thick lower body
  • Deceivingly good footwork for his size
  • Powerful initial pop
  • Competent picking up a blitz, largely due to his size
  • Productive with a nose for the end zone
  • Pretty good receiver
  • Can really stick a foot and get out of a cut
  • Effective spin move

Weaknesses

  • Suspect vision to find cutback lanes
  • Was not a fumbler in college but can be carefree carrying the ball
  • Can struggle to get low because of his height
  • Lacks breakaway speed (4.54-second 40) and big-play ability
  • Can be impatient and hesitant as a runner - sometimes he is running down his blocker and others he is too slow to pick a hole
  • Questionable stamina
  • Below-average instincts

Expected draft placement

Bell could sneak into the late second round (Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers) or fall into the early fourth, depending on how the draft shakes out because of the lack of need for the position right now.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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