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2015 NFL Draft: A Scout's Eye View: Blake Bell TE Oklahoma

Blake Bell TE Oklahoma 6'6 252 33 1/8" arms 10" hands

Combine Results: 4.80 40 yard dash, 14 bench reps, 33" vertical jump, 9'8" broad jump, 4.32 20 yard shuttle, 11.81 60 yard shuttle

Scouting Overview: Bell is surprisingly advanced as a run blocker, plays with outstanding leverage, keeps his hands inside, keeps his legs churnning at the point of attack and has terrific natural strength.... Most 6’6 TE’s have issues with pad level, but Bell displays great flexibility, bends at the knees, gets underneath his man and drives his legs.  he gets a surprising amount of movement as a blocker and seems to have a good feel for angles.....  Bell has very strong, soft hands and impressive hand/eye coordination....You expect a former quarterback who has only played the position one year to be a major project, but Bell doesn’t seem to be nearly as much of a project as you’d expect......In a tight end class severely lacking in depth, Bell is easily one of the five best tight ends in the class of 2015, he’s not a day one starter, but he can be a contributor right off the bat and a future in-line starter in a couple years at the longest.  At 6’6 he’s a big inviting target over the middle, he doesn’t have blazing speed by any means, but he possesses above average athleticism for a tight end and plays much faster than his 40 time would indicate, he's defintely a threat after the catch with his size and elite strength as a runner...As a former quarterback, Bell has an understanding of the passing game most tight ends never will since he's been on the other end of the passing game for so long, he knows what a quarterback is thinking and knows when and how to come back to the football when his passer is in trouble...  Expect Bell's stock to rise big time in the last days leading up to the draft, it would certainly not be a stretch to see him become the third TE selected after Maxx Williams and Clive Walford, late in the third round or early in round 4.


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