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Report: Steelers Privately Worked Out Michigan State RB Le\’Veon Bell


D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Monday on Twitter that that the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of five teams to put Michigan State running back Le\'Veon Bell through a private pre draft workout.

Bell, who measured in at the NFL combine at 6013 and 230 pounds, posted a 4.62 40-yard dash, 1.58 10-yard dash, 2.61 20-yard dash, 4.39 20-yard shuttle, 7.06 three-cone drill, 32 ½-inch vertical jump, 9’3” broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times.

In 40 games at Michigan State, Bell rushed for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns on 671 carries. He also chipped in 78 catches for 531 yards and a touchdown in addition.

Bell is regarded as the best all-around running back in the draft by a few of the top draftniks, and it is not surprising that the Steelers have interest in him now that Rashard Mendenhall has left via free agency this offseason.

On tape, Bell displays the patience and vision to excel in a zone-based scheme and that could come in a handy under new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. this upcoming season.

There is no word as of yet if the Steelers intend on bringing Bell to Pittsburgh as a pre draft visitor, but it will not be surprising if that ends up happening.

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year Class Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2010* FR 107 605 5.7 8 11 97 8.8 0 118 702 5.9 8
2011* SO 182 948 5.2 13 35 267 7.6 0 217 1215 5.6 13
2012* JR 382 1793 4.7 12 32 167 5.2 1 414 1960 4.7 13
Career 671 3346 5.0 33 78 531 6.8 1 749 3877 5.2 34
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 4/8/2013.

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  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Big Strong RB that DBs do not want to take on in the second level. I like him.

  • RW

    I like him as a complementary back, not a feature one, though. I’d really like if he were a bit faster. Seems like he makes some nice cuts initially but is hesitant to make a second move once he reaches the second level (other than putting his shoulder down). I’d very much like to have an every down RB who can handle the load. Who knows, though, maybe he’ll surprise me.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I like the running style, but his vision isn’t great. He had some times that I see on the tapes where there is a hole, he just doesn’t hit the available hole.

  • http://twitter.com/GeneralZY Cecil

    with the rule changes, I am not sure if this type of back is going to be all that productive, that “fear” factor that he may instill in DBs may be lessened from now on.

  • steeltown

    I like this kid, but we dont need another 230lber.. we need a 200-210lb RB with speed and elusiveness to compliment Dwyer and/or Redman

  • http://www.facebook.com/davide.fontana.357 Davide Fontana

    i would take jamison from rutgers

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Valid Point.

  • Jay Dee Miller

    not feeling it…..We need rb,wr and just about everything else.I like Lacy a lot more

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    I can’t see us drafting a running back before the 3rd rd., and I think Bell will be gone before then. If we get a receiver in the 1st. rd, and Bell is still around, then I’d be happy taking him or any other running back the Steelers like with our 2nd rd. pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    In the clips you have up, he does not pass protect very well. He is willing enough it would appear, but he rarely squared up well and often misidentified where the pressure was coming from. He also didn’t catch a pass that I saw. Out of 5 thrown to him, 1 was picked, another the defender had time to close, and out of three catchable he dropped them all. He appears to have decent, not great, vision. A really nice stiff arm and strong enough, but we have short yardage backs. I like C. Micheal MUCH better for us.

  • Cody Younkin

    We need a more elusive, shiftier back. This guys is a Dwyer Clone. we need a different style runner.

  • Cody Younkin

    Also I would take Ball in the third or Barner in the 5th.

  • Addison

    Dave who would you rather see in Black and Gold. Trade up for Lacy in the 2nd or value Bell in the third.

  • David Edward

    That’s exactly what I think Steeltown. My guy for that is Gio Bernard, or if gone, then Jonathan Franklin. If they want to wait to third day, Kerwin Williams in the 4th or 5th.

  • steeltown

    Yes, I like Gio and Franklin.. though I think Gio will be long gone before we select in the 2nd Rd he’s probably the best all around back in the draft, but Franklin could be had in the 2nd-3rd Rd area

  • David Edward

    I’m with you on that…I think Gio may be the next Ray Rice. If it were possible, I’d like to see them get the UNC teammates Cooper and Bernard, but I think Cooper will be gone before 17 and Bernard before 48

  • steeltown

    Agreed

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