NFL Draft Pick 2:16 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

by Nicholas Minnix on April 26, 2013 @ 17:32:17 PDT

 


The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Fantasy analysis: Rashard Mendenhall is long gone, and Jonathan Dwyer isn't good for much more than a backup role, despite what he did in a couple of starts in 2012. The Steelers have gotten away from the bruising running game in the past few years, but this selection could be a sign that old is new again.

Bell has the size of an old-school featured back with the nimble feet of a rusher considerably smaller and a nose for the end zone. Shades of the Bus? His running style leaves him with a few questions to answer, but he may very well be a good fit for Pittsburgh's attack, especially if it's one that involves pounding the football a little more often.

The placement of Bell and his propensity to score TDs make him the likeliest player at his position -- perhaps overall -- to make an immediate mark for fantasy owners. He'll likely be a mid-round pick, at least.

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The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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