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New York Jets Draft Profile: Le'Veon Bell

As draft day gets closer and closer, we take a look at the young prospects that the Jets are visiting with, to see if they would be a good fit. Tonight is no different.

In tonight’s spotlight, we are taking a look at a guy from Michigan State that the Jets have one of their pre-draft visits scheduled with. The Jets have taken an interest in this guy, so we do as well. Spotlight on running back Le’Veon Bell.

MEASURABLES

Bell comes in at 6’1″, 230 pounds. He put in a “not too shabby” 4.60 second performance in the forty yard dash at the NFL Combine. His 6.75 second performance in the cone drill led his position, and prospects have had a history of NFL success when performing well in that drill, just coincidentally.

Take a look at his profile, courtesy of NFLmocks.com.

Here are his stats while at Michigan State:

SEASON ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD
2012 350 1648 4.7 40 11 30 154 5.1 20 1
2011 182 948 5.2 35 13 35 267 7.6 45 0
2010 107 605 5.7 75 8 11 97 8.8 35 0

Here are some highlights to get things going, from a 2012 matchup for Bell against Boise State:

PROS: The first word that comes to my mind is “agility”. It’s an important trait for any NFL running back, and everything about Le’Veon Bell screams it. The way he can change direction, the way he can stop on a dime, his ability to juke, and/or spin. Bell can make people miss in open space, and it is all about agility. His speed with the football in his hands is great, and the fact that he can catch it out of the backfield makes him a valuable WC style player.

CONS: This was tough for me because I have rapidly become a fan of this young player. The only thing I noticed on the tape is that occasionally, he has a tough time breaking off of first contact to obtain yards after contact. Not always, just sometimes.

Bottom line for me is that I would love to see the Jets take a shot on this guy in the middle rounds.

Thoughts?

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