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Steelers 2013 Second Round Draft Pick – Michigan State RB Le\’Veon Bell


The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Michigan State running back Le\’Veon Bell with their second round pick of the 2013 NFL draft.

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LE’VEON BELL
Tailback
Michigan State University Spartans
#24
6:01.3-244
Columbus, Ohio
Groveport Madison High School

OVERVIEW
One look at Bell’s frame, power and inside rushing ability, and you can see why Spartans fans and National Football League scouts have likened the junior to a former Michigan State All-American ball carrier, T.J. Duckett, who also tipped the scales at close to the 250-pound level, yet showed great ball carrying skills.

The university has had decent success in producing “blue collar” type running backs in recent years, as Duckett would hear his name called in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. It was not until the 2009 draft that another MSU running back would enter the pro ranks, when All-American Javon Ringer was taken in the fifth round by the Tennessee Titans.

The player that Bell replaced in the starting lineup last season, Edwin Baker, enjoyed an All-Big Ten Conference campaign in 2011 before being selected in the 2012 draft by San Diego in the seventh round. With his big, solid frame, it is very hard for initial tacklers to bring Bell down in isolated coverage. He is an all-out battler taking on defenders when running between tackles, as he has a nice array of moves, along with the lateral agility to spin away from traffic and turn the corner.

Bell showed marked improvement in recognizing the cutback lanes and does a nice job of executing precise jump cuts, combining a low pad level and a strong lower body frame to easily drive through arm tackles. He is a very physical ball carrier, especially after contact, as he consistently leans forward, stays low in his pads and uncoils with force to rock his opponents back on their heels when fighting for extra yardage.

With his wide frame and broad shoulders, Bell is a load to bring down in the open field. Once he gets past the second level, he has that extra gear needed to pull away from the crowd, and while he lacks breakaway speed, his 25 touchdown runs during his last two seasons are further evidence that he can “take the ball to the house” on a regular basis. He is very effective at keeping his knees up and sidestepping trash, but when defenders converge on him, he can break free by delivering a bone-jarring stiff-arm.

Prior to arriving at Michigan State, Bell lettered three times on the gridiron at Madison High School, where the Groveport, Ohio product also excelled in basketball and track-&-field. A teammate of former Michigan State and New York Jets safety, Eric Smith, Bell first earned postseason honors as a sophomore, as the All-Ohio Capital Conference second-team choice scored nine touchdowns with 789 yards on the ground. The following season, he amassed 1,100 rushing yards with thirteen scores, again receiving All-OCC recognition.

Bell’s senior campaign was his finest, as he accounted for 1,750 all-purpose yards en route to finding the end zone 25 times. The Super Prep and Prep Star All-Midwest pick and first-team All-OCC choice rushed 200 times for 1,333 yards (6.7 ypc) and 21 touchdowns that year. His best performances in 2009 saw Bell carry 30 times for a career-best 336 yards and four scores vs. Dublin Jerome and he also gained 228 yards on 26 attempts and scored four more times vs. Marysville.

Bell enrolled at Michigan State and would spend his next two seasons playing behind Edwin Baker at tailback. He received midseason Doak Walker Award (nation’s top running back) consideration and was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman squad in 2010. Despite not starting any of the thirteen games he played in, he was the team’s second-leading rusher with 605 yards and eight touchdowns on 107 carries (5.65 ypc). He added 97 yards on eleven receptions, 142 yards on six kickoff returns and 844 all-purpose yards for the Spartans.

Bell received the team’s Most Outstanding Underclass Back Award and was named to the College Football News’ Sophomore All-American team in 2011. He began the season behind Edwin Baker before taking over starting chores for the final six contests. He led the Spartans with 948 yards on 182 attempts (5.21 ypc), as his thirteen rushing touchdowns rank eleventh on the school season-record chart. He was third on the unit with 35 catches for 267 yards and returned a kick 31 yards to generate 1,246 all-purpose yards.

Bell’s 2012 campaign was one of the finest in team history. Named the Spartans’ MVP, he added All-Big Ten Conference first-team and All-American honorable mention accolades, as he produced the second-best rushing season at MSU, gaining 1,793 yards, leading the league and ranking third nationally with an average of 137.92 yards per game on the ground.

The winner of the College Football Performance Awards’ Elite Running Back Trophy, Bell also ran for twelve scores on 382 carries (fourth-highest on the Big Ten season-record list), caught 32 balls for 167 yards and had 2,024 all-purpose yards, the fourth-best mark in a season by a Spartan, as his average of 155.69 yards per game was second-best in the Big Ten and ranked 14th in the nation.

Bell was presented the trophy as the 2012 Elite Running Back of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards at halftime of a Spartans\’ basketball game in December. Chants of “one more year” rained down as Bell stood at midcourt. “It\’s so emotional,” Bell said of the moment. “It\’s crazy how Spartan Nation really likes Le\’Veon Bell. Being here these last couple years meant everything to me. It was a great moment out there and I just wanted to do it for the fans. Of course I couldn\’t win anything without my teammates. My teammates helped me get to this point. The coaches of course put me in the right situation. It\’s a total team effort.”

“There\’s no question that Le\’Veon Bell had a special season, as he rushed for nearly 1,800 yards while leading the Big Ten and finishing third in the nation in rushing,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. “While his rushing total is notable, it was his physical durability that was most impressive, as he carried the ball over 380 times. Not only did he carry the load, he got stronger as the season progressed and consistently produced big numbers. This is a well deserved honor for a complete back. His pass-catching ability and pass protection can\’t be overlooked.”

Within 36 hours after Michigan State defeated Texas Christian, 17-16 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, a game where Bell rushed 32 times for 145 yards and a touchdown, the MSU tailback, tight end Dion Sims and defensive end William Gholston all announced that they would forgo their senior seasons and enter the 2013 National Football League Draft.

Bell and Sims made their decisions public on Thursday, January 3rd, while Gholston followed suit the next day. It marked the first time Michigan State has had multiple underclassmen enter the NFL Draft since 1999 (defensive end Dimitrius Underwood and running back Sedrick Irvin). The Spartans had a disappointing season, especially on offense (ranked 108th among 120 major colleges in total offense), but the one aspect of the attack that did shine was Le\’Veon Bell.

“As hard as it was to leave Spartan Nation, it was even harder to pass on such a great opportunity I have in front of me!” Bell said. “But I love and thank Spartan Nation for everything! I will always be a Spartan!”

Once an unheralded recruit, Bell emerged into a star for the Spartans as a junior. He closes out his career ranked eighth among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players with 671 rushing attempts, sixth-best in school history. He finished seventh in MSU annals and ninth among active players with 3,346 rushing yards. His 33 touchdown runs are also sixth-best on the school career chart (16th among active FBS performers) while ranking ninth in MSU history with 4,114 all-purpose yards.

CAREER NOTES
Bell appeared in 40 games for Michigan State, starting his final nineteen contests…
Carried 671 times for 3,346 yards (4.99 ypc) and 33 touchdowns for the Spartans, as he also caught 78 passes for 531 yards (6.81 ypc) and a score…Added 219 yards on eleven kickoff returns (19.91 avg), 18 yards on three punt returns and completed his only pass attempt for 29 yards…Recorded one solo tackle and scored 204 points behind a total of 34 touchdowns…Touched the ball 763 times for 4,114 all-purpose yards, the ninth-best total in school history, as he averaged 102.85 yards per game…His rushing attempts rank sixth in school history behind Lorenzo White (1,082; 1984-87), Javon Ringer (843; 2005-08), Tico Duckett (836; 1989-92), Blake Ezor (800; 1986-89) and Sedrick Irvin (755; 1996-98)…His 3,346 rushing yards are surpassed by just Lorenzo White (4,887), Ringer (4,398), Tico Duckett (4,212), Ezor (3,749), Irvin (3,504) and T.J. Duckett (3,379; 1999-2001) for seventh in school annals…Bell’s 33 rushing touchdowns placed sixth on the MSU all-time record chart, topped by White (43), Jehuu Caulcrick (39; 2004-07), Irvin (35), Ringer (34) and Ezor (34)…His 34 total touchdowns tied Blake Ezor for fifth in school annals…In nineteen games as a starter, Bell carried 477 times for 2,309 yards (4.84 ypc) and nineteen touch-downs, an average of 121.53 yards per game…In three bowl games, Bell gained 206 yards on 53 carries (3.89 ypc/68.67 ypg)…Michigan State went 18-3 (.857) when Bell scored at least one rushing TD (2010: 5-0; 2011: 7-1; and 2012: 6-2).

2012 SEASON
Bell was named to the All-American Super Sleeper Team by The NFL Draft Report, a squad consisting of the most underrated player in college football at each position…Added All-American honorable mention from Sports Illustrated and received fourth-team accolades from Phil Steele…The consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice and Doak Walker Award semi-finalist was the recipient of the College Football Performance Awards Elite Running Back Trophy; winners of the award are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams…Was voted Most Valuable Player (Governor\’s Award) by his teammates…Won the Big Ten overall rushing title, averaging 137.92 yards per game, which also ranked third in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision…Became the first Spartan to win the Big Ten overall rushing title since Tico Duckett in 1990…Totaled 1,793 rushing yards, the second-highest single-season mark in MSU history and the fifth most in the nation in 2012. The only Spartan to rush for more yards in a campaign was Lorenzo White (2,066 in 1985)…Ranked first in the FBS in carries (382), which also ranks third most in a MSU season and fourth in the Big Ten record book. Spartans carrying the ball more in a season were Lorenzo White (419 in 1985) and Javon Ringer (390 in 2008), as that duo was joined by Darnell Autry of Northwestern (387 in 1995) as the Big Ten rushers with more attempts than Bell’s…Ran for twelve touchdowns and scored 78 points…Caught 32 balls for 167 yards (5.22 ypc) and a touchdown, adding 46 yards on four kickoff returns, 18 yards on three punt returns and also completed a pass attempt for 29 yards (vs. Texas Christian)…Finished second in the conference and 14th in the nation with an average of 155.69 all-purpose yards per game, as his total of 2,024 yards rank fourth on the school season-record chart, surpassed by Devin Thomas (2,590 in 2007), Lorenzo White (2,094 in 1985) and Javon Ringer (2,051 in 2008)…Just the 13th player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, Bell gained 922 of his 1,793 rushing yards (51.42%) after contact, which ranked first among all NCAA FBS running backs, and broke sixteen tackles…Recorded eight 100-yard rushing games, second most by a Spartan in a season (Lorenzo White holds the school record; eleven times in 1985)…Bell was one of just four players in the FBS in 2012 to record three 200-yard rushing games (Toledo\’s David Fluellen, Air Force\’s Cody Getz, Western Kentucky\’s Antonio Andrews), as he also became just the second Spartan to record three 200-yard rushing games in a season (Lorenzo White: school-record four times in 1985)…During the 2012 regular-season, Bell was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times – vs. Boise State; Eastern Michigan; Minnesota…The Columbus, Ohio, native produced the top single-game total in the NCAA FBS this season for carries (44 vs. Boise State) and eighth-most rushing yards (266 vs. Minnesota)…Ran 32 times for 133 yards vs. Northwestern…Gained 188 yards on 36 carries and scored two touchdowns vs. Nebraska…With 77 yards on 21 carries in MSU\’s 16-13 overtime victory at Wisconsin, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing milestone for the first time in his career. Bell became the 13th running back (21 times combined) in Spartan history to record a 1,000-yard rushing season. His first career touchdown reception came on a 5-yard shovel pass from Andrew Maxwell with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter and sent the game into overtime tied at 10…Rushed 29 times for 140 yards and a score vs. Iowa, as it marked his second-straight 100-yard rushing game vs. the Hawkeyes (20 rushes for 112 yards in 2011)…Ran for a game-high 121 rushing yards on 37 attempts in MSU\’s 31-27 win at Indiana. The 37 carries were the second most in his career (44 vs. Boise State)…Set career highs for receptions (8) and receiving yards (58) in a 17-16 loss to Ohio State…He earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for 253 yards on 36 tries with a score vs. Eastern Michigan. His 253 yards mark the seventh-highest single-game rushing total in school history…Scored on first-half runs of one and seven yards, as MSU rolled to a 24-0 halftime lead en route to a 41-7 win at Central Michigan…Named CBS Sports Heisman Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 210 yards on a career-best 44 carries vs. 24 Boise State. Bell outgained the entire Boise State offense, 210-206, and 84 of his 210 yards came after contact. His 210 rushing yards also were the most by a Big Ten running back in a season opener since Purdue\’s Ralph Bolden in 2009 (234 vs. Toledo) and the most by a Spartan in an opener since T.J. Duckett in 2000 (219 vs. Marshall). He also had six catches for 55 yards vs. the Broncos…Rushed 35 times for a career-high 266 yards – the most by a Big Ten player this season – and a touchdown vs. Minnesota, as the Spartans became bowl eligible for a school record sixth-straight season. Bell was named CFPA National Running Back of the Week and Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his career day vs. the Gophers. His 266 rushing yards are the sixth-highest single-game total in MSU history. He carried the ball eight consecutive plays (for 51 yards) and capped off an 11-play, 57-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter that iced the game for the Spartans. He also ripped off runs of 26, 40 and 30 yards vs. the Gophers while accounting for a career-best 275 all-purpose yards – the ninth-best single-game total in MSU history…
Selected Offensive Player of the Game after accounting for 187 combined yards (rushing, passing and receiving) in the Spartans\’ 17-16 come-from-behind win over Texas Christian in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. He carried 32 times for 145 yards vs. the Horned Frogs, with 107 of those rushing yards coming in the second half including a 4-yard touchdown run that gave MSU its first lead at 14-13 with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter. His 32 rushing attempts and 145 rushing yards mark the fifth-highest single-game bowl totals in Spartan history. He became the first Spartan back to post a 100-yard rushing game in a bowl since Javon Ringer carried 21 times for 101 yards vs. Boston College in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl. Bell also completed a 29-yard pass to TyQuan Hammock to set up MSU\’s first touchdown and caught two passes for 13 yards.

2011 SEASON
Bell was named All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention by the league’s coaches and media…College Football News selected him to their Sophomore All-American Team (honorable mention) and he was the recipient of his team\’s Most Outstanding Underclass Back Award for offense…Led the Spartans and ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rushing with 948 yards on 182 carries (5.21 ypc), as he started the last six games at tailback…Also led team and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns with thirteen, which rank eleventh on the school season-record chart…Had a team-best ten rushes of 20-plus yards, as he ranked second on the squad in all-purpose yards with 1,246 (948 rushing, 267 receiving, 31 kick return)…Finished third on the team with 35 receptions for 267 yards (7.63 ypc)…Once he joined the starting lineup, Bell carried 95 times for 516 yards (5.43 ypc) and seven touchdowns, an average of 86.00 yards per game…Rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries, including touchdown runs of 8 yards and one yard, in the triple-overtime win over Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl, as he also had five receptions for 39 yards. His 1-yard touchdown vs. the Bulldogs with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the score at 27 and sent the game into overtime…Recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. Wisconsin, collecting 106 yards on 18 carries, including a 6-yard score…Ran for 86 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown, on 16 carries at Northwestern…Was named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 112 yards on 20 carries, including a 25-yard score vs. Iowa, as he also had two catches for 49 yards…Again selected Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for a season-high 165 all-purpose yards vs. Minnesota, with 1- and 35-yard scoring runs, as he had 15 carries for 96 yards and five receptions for 38 yards vs. the Gophers…Posted 114 all-purpose yards vs. Wisconsin, 87 yards on 16 attempts and four catches for 27 yards…Earned Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors after tying his career high with three rushing touchdowns while leading MSU with 81 yards on eight attempts vs. Central Michigan.

2010 SEASON
Bell earned Big Ten Conference All-Freshman honors from ESPN.com and Rivals.com, and was a midseason addition to the Doak Walker Award Watch List…Appeared in all thirteen games as a true freshman ranked second on the team in carries (107), rushing yards (605) and rushing touchdowns (8), as he averaged 5.65 yards per carry…28 of his attempts resulted in either a first down or a score, including three gains of 20 or more yards…Added eleven catches for 97 yards (8.82 ypc) and six kickoff returns for 142 yards (23.67 avg) while generating 844 all-purpose yards, an average of 64.92 yards per game.

INJURY REPORT
2012 Season…Outside of being slowed by an ankle sprain during 2012 spring drills, Bell has never missed any games due to injury.

AGILITY TESTS
4.62 in the 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…Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times…30-inch arm length…9 3/8-inch hands…74 ¼-inch wingspan.

HIGH SCHOOL
Bell attended Madison (Groveport, Oh.) High School, where the lettered three times in football for head coach Tim Brown, and also excelled in basketball and track-&-field…A teammate of former Michigan State and New York Jets safety, Eric Smith, Bell first earned postseason honors as a sophomore, as the All-Ohio Capital Conference second-team choice scored nine touchdowns with 789 yards on the ground…The following season, he amassed 1,100 rushing yards with thirteen scores, again receiving All-OCC recognition…
Bell’s senior campaign was his finest, as he accounted for 1,750 all-purpose yards en route to finding the end zone 25 times…The Super Prep and Prep Star All-Midwest pick and first-team All-OCC pick rushed 200 times for 1,333 yards (6.7 ypc) and 21 touchdowns that year…His best performances in 2009 saw Bell carry 30 times for a career-best 336 yards and four scores vs. Dublin Jerome and he also gained 228 yards on 26 attempts and scored four more times vs. Marysville.

PERSONAL
Sociology major…Son of Lisa A. Bell…Born 2/18/92 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio…Resides in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/alejandro.caballerooropeza Alejandro Caballero Oropeza

    Why Lacy not?

  • Guest

    Wow, left Eddie Lacy on the table…oh well, so much for SEC backs being better.

  • Steelers32

    Like the pick …. but at 48?

  • hergieburbur

    BAD pick in the second. I really like Bell, but he would be there in the 3rd, maybe the 4th even. Terrible value here.

  • PenguinsCup

    I’m losing faith in Colbert. This is the only team in the NFL that doesn’t want speed. UGH

  • hergieburbur

    We should trade every 2nd round pick while Colbert is GM.

  • Steelers32

    thats what i am thinking… if they wanted to go that way they could have gottem a reciver or saftey or brown at ILB first

  • RW

    Way too early.

  • hergieburbur

    Jonathan Franklin would have been better value here as well. As would about 6 other guys.

  • danconstan

    Bell would have been around in round 3…

    Would have taken Keenan Allen or Lacy

  • steeltown

    I really like Bell… but not at 48th overall… I hope they know something I don’t

    On a side note: Never missed a game due to injury and had almost 2,000 all purpose yds in 2012

  • Guest

    Yep, totally agree…reach in the second = no playoffs for the Steelers again in 2013

  • hergieburbur

    Based on their 2nd round history, I am not so sure.

    He would be there in the 3rd at at a minimum.

  • steeltown

    He’d be gone by the 4th… but it is possible he’d be there in the 3rd.. I like Bell, but this seems to early

  • Nolrog

    You really think a single 2nd round pick playing his rookie year is the difference between playoffs and no playoffs?

  • Dominic Johns

    I can not believe that just happened. If they prefer bell then that is fine but in the sake of a smart business decision please trade down to get as much value as possible. I don’t think there was another team even looking at bell in round 2.

  • $19122620

    Holy crap, we had our selection at any RB in the draft besides Giovani Bernard and we pick stinking Bell! Pretty crapping disappointed! Passed on Franklin, Lacy, M. Ball. Heck I would of rather them drafted Arthur Brown and wait to draft RB in the 3rd if they were going to draft Bell 48th overall.

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • Nolrog

    Lacy was there. I fully expected him to have been the pick.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Either shoot me or Colbert please!!!!

  • $19122620

    No doubt. I can’t believe they went that route. Had such a man crush on Franklin. They basically had an opportunity to have to awesome picks in the first two rounds and sort of blew it.

  • Steelers32

    <-Opens beer its going to be a long night

  • hergieburbur

    I think he’d be gone by OUR 4th, yes, but I think he could have slipped into the early 4th.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I quit drinking but this will make me start again…lol

  • Nolrog

    Colbert’s 2nd round history is terrible. Should have traded out of the 2nd and picked up another 3rd and 4th or something.

  • hergieburbur

    I said that last night, we should just dump all of our 2nds.

  • Andrew Weatherstone

    Not really, but if 1st rounder is not going to see the field, the second, unless he is a real impact player (Lacy) then there is no hope…I am so sick of hearing “Steelers “system” is sooooo complicated that rooks can’t start and then I see the Pats rooks starting and making the playoffs…when are we going to wake the f up?

  • steeltown

    I do like almost 2,000 all purpose yds in 2012 as a full time starter and 13TD’s each of the last two seasons

  • hergieburbur

    Bell is a RB. No doubt he will see the field. Considering their styles, Redman is pretty much on notice.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    THe Pats def has been atrocious at times and inconsistent. It helps that they have Tom Brady as a safety net.

  • hergieburbur

    He’s a TD machine, and he was one of the RBs on my list, but my list went more like:

    2: Thomas, Brown, Greene, Lacy, Franklin
    3: Bell, Bailey, Swope, Swearinger…

  • Steelers32

    like the pick just think another need could have been addressed at 48 and Bell in 3rd…
    Well they got who they wanted I guess
    Would have loved to seen Allen in that spot

  • Andrew Weatherstone

    so sick of seeing other teams…Seattle, Pats, SF, others…start and play rooks for their first year and hear that Steelers are “too complicated” for rooks to start…when the heck are we going to see some “play” for the bucks folks are payin for tickets????? C’mon man!!!

  • danconstan

    they did take mendenhall before Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles in 2009 do you are right on…

  • steeltown

    I thought it would be Allen

  • zyzak

    Great pick Bell

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    I think Allen was taken off the board once they reported the drug test issue. I think we would have taken Woods if he was there.

  • steeltown

    True

  • Andrew Weatherstone

    atrocious = playoffs….I will take it over sitting at home in JAN

  • danconstan

    Yeah, should have gone Allen and then Bell in the third. Don’t know what WRs will be left in the third although Steelers have done well with WRs in the third…

  • Guest

    Agreed

  • SteelersDepot

    Audio from Haley added above

  • steeltown

    Would love Aaron Dobson or Swope

  • hergieburbur

    Not at 48 it wasn’t.

  • SteelerDave

    I’m okay with this pick but we best land Swope in round three or I’m cracking open some jack.

  • danconstan

    and passed on a bunch of good NTs, Keenan Allen, and one of the last good safties…

  • Stephen Dale

    Arthur Brown ( ILB) would have offered better value at a need position and could have selected this big, slow RB in a later round. Another Mike Tomlin ( I want) selection….Don’t think Colbert is anything but a figurehead in the Steelers organization…..

  • hergieburbur

    My hope now is that with this screwy draft, one of the guys I targeted in the 2nd falls to the 3rd. That would balance it out for me.

  • Guest

    Yep

  • hergieburbur

    I am pretty sure you have it backwards at this point. Most of what I hear is that Tomlin doesn’t have all that much pull when it comes to drafts anymore.

  • $19122620

    Bell had 100 more carries than Franklin last year but only the same amount of rushing yards. 2012 Bell 4.7 yards a carry, Franklin 6.1 yards a carry. Let’s draft Bell!

  • hergieburbur

    I think you mean 100 more?

  • Guest

    Pass the crack pipe!

  • David Edward

    As just about everyone else said…likeBell but not @48. You need to trade down there since Lacy and Franklin were still on the board. Not good value.

  • http://twitter.com/dericklyoung Derick L Young

    LaMarr Woodley???

  • Russian Steel

    I think pretty much everyone agrees that pick sucked ass. If they were dead set on taking a RB, why not Lacy or Franklin who look better on tape? Unless they think Bell’s line sucked or something. Sure he’s strong but really looks slow. I can’t find one run greater than 15 yards… Obviously this year sucks for RBs. And they took a guy who would have easily fallen to us in the 3rd.

  • dgh57

    This will make everybodies night: The Bengals are having a way better draft than we are! TE-Eifert, RB- Bernard and just now DE-Hunt!!!

    Part of the plan should be to draft better than the teams in your own Division

  • Guest

    Steelers fans, welcome to the 1980’s = mediocrity….where the heck is Mark Malone!!!

  • hergieburbur

    The line thing probably put Bell over Lacey for them, but not sure on Franklin. And it doesn’t matter because you are right, he was a third.

  • hergieburbur

    The Bengals and Ravens are both killing it. Us not so much.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    That def had little to do with their path to the playoff. But I will say they really did play decently when they made the SB run in 2012. But they were still a bottom 10 defense this year. You dont need to ask much from your defense when your offense jumps ahead so quickly.

  • mokhkw

    Me2. I don’t see this guy as an improvement over Redman or Dwyer tbh. Still can’t believe we used a 2nd on him.

  • hergieburbur

    He’s the same guy, but maybe a little better. We let Brown and Thomas, both of whom were higher value at positions of bigger needs. Best Player Available my ass.

  • Andrew Weatherstone

    Bottom 10, top 10, who freakin cares…it the O that matters in the NFL these days, to quote John Madden “I think that the team who scores the most points will will the game today” (Pick your game, he said it every time) ..go back and look who had the top 5 D last year, Pitt – No playoffs, Denver – lost to Ravens, SF – lost to Ravens, Seattle – lost to SF, Bears – No playoffs…when are we going to wake the F up and realize that offense wins???

  • hergieburbur

    Your premise breaks down as soon as you realize Baltimore’s offense finished in the bottom half of the league.

  • rizzo29

    Sounds like the FO might have started to drink to early today

  • $19122620

    On the press conference, one interviewer said Steven Jackson compared Bell to himself. I guess I can see some similarities. Height, weight, and overall style. Jackson is clearly a better blocking back, and receiver out of the backfield. I guess even if Bell were to turn out to be a poor mans Steven Jackson I could live with that. This is hopeful thinking kicking in, and me trying to find some positives since he’s a Steeler now!

  • dgh57

    Yes, Ravens just took Author Brown after taking S- Elam last night!

  • Andrew Weatherstone

    Yeah probably, but I still don’t like the fact that they passed on Lacy

  • hergieburbur

    Frankly, while I see why they took Jones, I would prefer the Raven’s draft.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    It seems that everyone seems to be hating on this pick. I think they were dead set on drafting him and maybe they didnt want to risk the run on RBs that will prob happen in the third. Plus we sent the whole front office to his pro day just like with Jarvis Jones.

    But here are some things to consider

    1) everyone says we should have traded down….Maybe no one wanted to trade for it Im just saying

    2) Everyone thinks we should have taken a WR or Safety. Maybe the team is dead set on a group of safetys in the third and Allen has character issues.

    3) Lacy…has a NAGGING hamstring injury..maybe Woodley scared them away.

    Also hopefully this means will take away Redmans tender before he can sign it and then use it to bolster depth.

  • Bill Bob

    This sucks , Mike Tomlin is going to destroy the steelers with his picks , Kevin Colbert is a yes man he is kissing Tomlin’s ass . He is the GM and should make the picks independent of the coach just get the talent and let the coach coach. Can you say 5 and 11 next year . He is slow can’t get to the outside and that limits what a defense has to worry about , plus he lacks power for a big guy.

  • grw1960

    Worilds wa a 3d round reach picked in the 2nd round. If he turned out so well why did the Steelers waste a pick on Jarvid Joooooones.

  • steeltown

    He’s better than Redman.. I think him and Dwyer are very similar, that’s not necessarily a bad thing

  • Andrew Weatherstone

    16th and very lucky…A. Boldin was blocking in the back on that “amazing” 4-29 play in SD…and it wasn’t called…yet Willie “False start” Colon was called for “cursing the ref” in 2013…amazing!!!!

  • hergieburbur

    Redman signed it a few weeks back.

    Bouchette said we were trying to trade up, but nobody would let us, for what that is worth. Personally, the way WRs and RBs are falling, there will be plenty of talent there in the 3rd.

  • David Edward

    I’d glady take either Bengals or Ravens picks at this point

  • Guest

    Yeah, if you want to draft players who you already have on the mediocre roster

  • Andrew Weatherstone

    He already signed it

  • Russian Steel

    I loved the Jones pick and defended it to the haters of that one, but this one I just don’t get at all. He’s somewhat painful to watch on tape. Reminds me of Tony Hillis with the hurdling which is cool, but 2nd rd??? Maybe 6th rd I’d like it as a depth pick and let him compete with Dwyer who I think looks better on tape and seems faster. Maybe after the Jones pick Colbert and Tomlin got high/drunk and lost all ability to reason.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    O yea he can still be cut. Tenders arent guaranteed.

  • RW

    We’re going to live with that mistake for a bit.

  • gdeuce

    he’s way bigger than Dwyer

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    what a money pick for them. I thought they would have gotten him at 32. Didnt think he was going to fall that far.

  • hergieburbur

    Yeah, I meant to add that. They have to cut him instead.

  • SteelerDave

    Sure does sound like it

  • Andrew Weatherstone

    Redman and Dywer on notice…too bad we could have gotten a shifty, change of pace baller…Lacy

  • gdeuce

    Denver would have taken Bell in the 2nd if we didn’t

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386312652 Drew Krotzer

    Funny, your “professional” evaluation of Bell is nothing like the one I just read. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.

  • Russian Steel

    Loved the Jones pick, hate this pick. It’s like the Joker is our GM. Very twisted.

  • RW

    I really hope we draft someone like Jawan Jamison in the 6th as another back to add. I just don’t think Bell is going to cut it. Maybe I’m wrong.

  • hergieburbur

    We can’t afford another back now. We have other needs. Plus, they just added two in the past few hours.

  • hergieburbur

    Bell is a solid RB, I think he will do well, but he’s a third. We could have gotten Brown or Swearinger and still ended up with Bell.

  • rizzo29

    maybe they have their eye on a punter in the 3rd

  • danconstan

    This almost has less value than the Cowboys center pick…It’s sad that I can start comparing our drafting to the cowboys….

  • WilliamSekinger

    huh well would you look at that. End of the 2nd and most of the RBs are off the board. Guess Bell wouldn’t have been there in the 3rd for the Steelers pick after all.

  • hergieburbur

    Micheal was never on their board. Lacy is the only other one on their board that is gone. Franklin, Ball and others are still there.

  • Guest

    Wow, Pack gets Lacy, we get Bell…lets see…Lacy in the Pro Bowl in 2014-5, Bell selling insurance…oh well.

  • hergieburbur

    Nah, we at least have that. The Cowboys pick was a 3rd at best.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Not saying I wasn’t surprised by the Bell pick, but there is a run on RBs right now…not sure Bell would have lasted to the 3rd. AND, we were not the only team looking for a RB to pass on Lacy.

  • WilliamSekinger

    You’ll never convince the armchair GMs.

  • Russian Steel

    Is it just me, or does Todd Haley sound dumber and dumber as the podcast goes on? I mean the moron actually said that one of the great things about Bell is that he’s young…WTF. Obviously you ass hat…most people drafted out of college are young. I can’t believe this.

  • WilliamSekinger

    He’s younger than most coming out of college. He came out as a junior

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Tell me about it. If he doesn’t rush for two TDs in his first game, they’ll call him a bust.

  • hergieburbur

    Not at all. Even if we missed him, so what? I like him, but we have bigger needs and RBs can be found all over the draft. Bell was one of maybe 4 RBs I wanted, but not at 48.

  • dgh57

    No, someone from the Bengals or Ravens slipped into their War Room and spiked their punch bowl!!

  • rizzo29

    He also said he,s a 3down back he,s out there on 1st 2nd 3rd down, well no sh$t Haley’s a friggin genius

  • hergieburbur

    Here’s the problem with the “run on RBs” logic. Safety and ILB are bigger needs than RB, and they are going off the board pretty quickly too.

  • Guest

    Fat, lazy, rich…yep, dump him.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Really? did you watch any games last year? #1 rated defense -vs- a joke of a running game. Not 1 RB could stay healthy or perform last year and the entire offense suffered for it.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    But a better S at their position than Bell is at his? And right now, all the safety help we REALLY need is depth. Our starters will still be Clark/Troy.

  • Guest

    Yeah and the #1 rated defense lost how many games…TN, Oakland…on and on…stats mean nothing, wins mean everything

  • WilliamSekinger

    How many games did the running backs lose last year?

  • StrengthOfVictory

    RBs lost the Browns game almost single-handedly. The BROWNS.

  • Crazy Bone

    This guy has change of direction equal to a dump truck. This organization is going downhill quickly.

  • hergieburbur

    We didn’t have the #1 defense where it counted: scoring. We also were horrible at generating TOs. On top of that, if you haven’t noticed, this isn’t the same defense as last year and there is NO depth at several key positions. Ike, Troy and Clark have at max two seasons left and we have precious little behind them. Nothing at safety.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004470630995 Tom Jackson

    Am i the only Steeler fan who doesn’t complain about everything they do i love the people on here who act like there a gm news flash your not so shut up and let the Steelers do there job instead of complaining every move they make.

  • Steelers32

    ok if somehow they had a feel of the following teams picks and they wanted Bell it was a good call, since his selection most of the backs have been picked off.

    If they were locked in as he was there guy they took no chance, It’s an impact pick for the offense, let them work, but god they can drive you nutz

  • RW

    True forgot about Howling.

  • WilliamSekinger

    If we had had any kind of running game AT ALL the defense wouldn’t have been on the field as much and hence even better.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Keenan Allen is faaaaaaaaaaaaaalling. Like a stone.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Ball is gone.

  • Russian Steel

    yeah that was another good one. can’t wait to see the super awesome plays this genius will devise with Bell and Howling. Maybe through Haley’s magic they can put them on the field at the same time and fool the opponent into thinking we have one back with Howling’s quickness and Bell’s strength.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Would rather take a safety in the third. A lot of WRs seem to be falling now. Patton, Rodgers, Bailey, & Allen still out there.

  • hergieburbur

    That is tenuous logic at best. You act like the ground game was the keep to all of our offensive troubles last year. you can’t be that naive.

  • Guest

    ughhhh

  • hergieburbur

    I am pretty sure Allen is off our board. We got burned by a smoky WR before…

  • hergieburbur

    If they get one of the few remaining solid safeties or ILBs that were rated possible 2s, then I will be happy. Otherwise, this makes me pretty nervous.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    True, but I would LOVE to get Stedman Bailey. We’ll see where they go.

  • hergieburbur

    I would love Bailey too, but, unless I am mistaken, Thomas, Thomas and McDonald are the only solid safeties left that fit us.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Yes and there arent too many teams that need Safety in front of us. Also you arent high on Sharko?

  • hergieburbur

    I am, but I am higher on P Thomas. I think he is more of a ball hawk.

  • danconstan

    It’s a board for posting…If we all “shut up” there would be no discussion. If you don’t want to read about people’s complaints, then just don’t….

  • hergieburbur

    He also didn’t hesitate to complain about people complaining…

  • rizzo29

    Just the other day you were complaining about mclendon

  • Russian Steel

    I agree. There were probably 5 backs better than him. Like Lacy, Christine Michael, etc

  • hergieburbur

    Michael I think was off their board because of character.

  • Steelers32

    kinda hoping for Allen or Rodgers then TJ Mac

  • StrengthOfVictory

    A public speaker Honey Badger is NOT.

  • hergieburbur

    Mac is gone. Allen is a big ? with the drug test and injury, but has huge upside.

  • hergieburbur

    Or any kind of speaker at the moment. Though he is pretty choked up.

  • rizzo29

    how long you give for his next arrest

  • StrengthOfVictory

    July/August

  • hergieburbur

    I think he’ll make it through the first year or so on good behavior, then revert.

  • rizzo29

    That,s sounds about right

  • hergieburbur

    Thomas, Thomas, Greene, any will work. Watch them take Barkley…

  • $19122620

    Thanks, so danged ticked I can’t think right, haha!

  • Nolrog

    Nose tackle is not a positon of need. Allen is still on the board at 12 in the 3rd; plus he has a failed drug test.

  • hergieburbur

    Yeah, I am thinking safety.

  • Steeldub69

    Not so sure about that pick

  • $19122620

    One last negative comment and I’m done. If we wanted a L. Blount clone then why didn’t we offer a later round pick to the Bucs for Blount himself!?! Pretty sure they would let him go for cheap!

  • hergieburbur

    Some had him in in the 2nd, but he IS a project.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Who would you want between Wheaton, Rogers, and Bailey?

  • hergieburbur

    Wheaton or Bailey if we go that way, but I hope we don’t. I could live with it though.

  • Steelers32

    So much for Allen
    Rodgers/ Swope
    AJ Klien maybe..

    they may go to Bray

  • hergieburbur

    Shit, I hope not.

    Saefty I hope.

  • hergieburbur

    Wheaton, Apparently.

  • hergieburbur

    Wheaton, not my choice, but it will do.

  • hergieburbur

    I highly doubt it.

  • danconstan

    so much for the RB run….

  • Dan

    I guess this is a time will tell pick. I was disappointed that we didn’t pick Lacy or another higher ranked RB, but he was productive. Maybe Bell is better, but he seems kinda tall. No other great running backs come to mind that were 6’1″+.

  • danconstan

    awesome….we now have three short WRs that are basically clones. Hope Plaxico has something left in the tank…Sorry, I’m done with the negative comments and this draft…At least we got Jones…

  • danconstan

    his first pay check…Really though, I actually with the guy the best of luck….

  • rizzo29

    Same here time for him to man up,if he doesn’t nobody to blame but himself

  • danconstan

    Especially since our top two backs are already sort of Blount clones…now we have three clones, each 230+ and, ironically enough, each taller than our top three WRs.

  • danconstan

    He didn’t fail a drug test. He had a lot of water in his system which is suspicious, but not necessarily an indicator of drug use.

    I agree there are bigger needs than NT, but I’d rather take a good player at a position of less immediate need than reach one whole round and maybe even two rounds for a RB who is basically a clone of our other top two RBs…

  • Brian Stokes

    The same things was said when the steelers picked Franco Harris over Lydell
    Mitchell!!! we all know how that worked out!

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Man i agree with you i am completely stoked to have L. Bell and now Wheaton

  • Douglas Andrews

    my point exactly William

  • Douglas Andrews

    Hey William if we had an semblance of a running game would could have covered up for the loss of BR and at least won a couple of games while he was out instead of having to rely heavily on Leftwich or Batch

  • hergieburbur

    And when Mendenhall fell everyone said how great it was. Look how that worked out. We can find individual anecdotes to prove anything, what’s your point?

  • Don

    Eric Dickerson 6-3. Jim Brown 6-2. OJ Simpson 6-1. Franco 6-2. Adrian Peterson 6-2. Steven Jackson 6-3….

  • Don

    Yeah, that seems to be pretty much the consensus.

  • mikeg

    safety is a bigger need but im ok with the Bell pick because (1) had we waited til the 4th-5th, we would be getting just another “almost good enough” RB like we already have on the roster. Dwyer and Redman are not consistently starter capable and (2) AR2 has been pounding the table for a more productive running game. (3) With our investments for early OL, coupled with this pick, we should have a much improved running game that keeps Ben ON THE FIELD and out of 3rd and long situations especially w/o a deep threat. (4) Keenan Allen’s knee may have put him in question to contribute immediately like we need a WR to do. (5) this safety class is deep. (6) A Saftey or ILB will not see the field this fall nearly as much as the Bell and Wheaton. (7) Bell ran behind an OL that isnt in the same class as the one Lacy ran behind. I am born and raised in Birmingham and have seen a lot of alabama football and Lacy had terrific blocking and injury questions.. This is a good forum for shudda, cudda, wudda but I understand why they did what they did.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Rookies usually don’t start on defense, they start a lot on offense. Bell will have a fair shot to start week 1. Also, a lot of people say RB is the easiest position to start as a rookie. I think it’s pretty likely he starts week one. I’m not really a fan of Dwyer or Redman. Bell had insane production in college and is obviously durable, hopefully that translates to the NFL. Idk if he was picked too high or not. Many players went in way different spots than anyone predicted.

  • hergieburbur

    That’s one. Behind the Steel Curtain did a writeup on this earlier
    today and rated Colbert as average in the 2nd. Only, their methodology
    neglected to factor in how much of their impact was for other teams. So
    lets look:

    2001: K. Bell – Great rookie season, best LB to come out of that draft. Only, much of it was for KC.
    2002:Randel El – Above the average for that year, but no second contract
    with the Steelers. A lot of his impact was for someone else.
    2003: Alonzo Jackson- BUST. Lance Briggs was still available
    2004: Ricarco Colclough – swing and a miss
    2005: Bryant McFadden – Pretty spot on the average, but left in FA
    2006: No Pick, traded for Holmes. Didn’t work out but it gets a pass.
    2007: Woodley – one of the two best DE/LBs in the draft
    2008: Sweed – What?
    2009: Traded back for Wallace, Urbik and Lewis, none of which are on the team.
    2010: Worilds: They just drafted his replacement
    2011 and 2012: Gilbert and Adams: too soon.

    Not all that impressive.

  • hergieburbur

    RB is definitely the easiest spot to start as a rookie. It is also, not coincidentally, the easiest position to find talent at late.

  • gdeuce

    they took Monte Ball after we took Bell, and they were looking at Bell as much as we were

  • http://twitter.com/dericklyoung Derick L Young

    then I ask you to look at other teams 2nd round and get back to me when you find any team that hits every 2nd round pick because that is what you and some expect, so it seems. I also did not realize picks are good ones ONLY if they stay on your team for their entire career……

  • hergieburbur

    Maybe, maybe not. But they are close enough players that there wouldn’t be a huge difference if we did end up with Ball in the third instead. Thanks for the down vote though.

  • WIINGY

    No chance at Bell in the 3rd.

  • hergieburbur

    Actually, the article DID look at other teams second round picks, and found Colbert to be just about right on the average. But, as I said, it factored in performance with all of the teams players played for, not just us. When you factor in their impact for us, you have to down grade him.

    “I also did not realize picks are good ones ONLY if they stay on your team for their entire career……”

    Don’t be stupid. Nobody said that. But when you spend a top 64 pick, you expect to get a player for more than 3-4 seasons. Only ONE of Colberts 7 picks that have been due for a contract have gotten a second one. With the Jones pick, Worilds is on notice and not likely to be retained next year. Randel El earned one, but got overpaid elsewhere. That is a terrible success rate. You build a team through the draft, and you don’t do it by only getting guys for 3-4 years at a time.

  • hergieburbur

    Easy to say now.

  • SteelSpine

    Altho fans apparently still assume Bell would be available later they had also assumed the group of safeties after Vaccaro would all be available for us to pick from in 3rd round. For the same reason that bunch of safeties were grabbed higher in rounds 2 &1, the RB LeVeon Bell would not have been available at our 3rd pick. For the same reasons WE wanted any of those safeties after Vaccaro, other teams TOO had been wanting those safeties. Same with Bell, in his case for the toughness reasons other teams had been talking Bell up too. I will say the drafting of Bell did not use BAA theory in this round.

    My only negative on this pick is minor: I thot we need a speed-type back someone more-different from Redman & Dwyer. But, our RB has to be his own blocker, because our run-blocking SUCKS until proven otherwise. James Leonard’s post above describes Bell exactly. I think Bell can restore the roar to Heinz field.

    As to need for a speed back, we got fast Willie as a FA so there’s hope we’ll still get one to be in the mix.

  • SteelSpine

    Fair point. At the moment Mendy was drafted, he had Steelers-type back written all over him & I thought Steeler fans will love him. Turns out he was not a tough-enough Steelers-type back, did not include toughness in his arsenal of runs, so turns out I & many were wrong on that one.

  • TsarPepe

    I see in Bell the vintage style running back of the Walter Payton type. The closest equivalent, for me, in today’s NFL is a guy named Arian Foster down in Houston. Not a track star, just an absolute stud with great ability to change direction and hit the hole. Such a perfect Steelers pick!

  • SteelSpine

    Fans still assuming Bell would be available later had also assumed most of the group of safeties after Vaccaro would all be available for us to pick from in 3rd round. For same reason many of those safeties were grabbed higher in rounds 2 &1, Bell would not have been avail at our 3rd pick. For same reasons we wanted those safeties after Vaccaro because we thought they will be steals, other teams coveted those safeties. In the RB Bell’s case other teams had been talking Bell up for the same reason I thought he was a Steeler-type back. I agree tho the drafting of Bell did not use BAA theory in this round.

    My only negative on this pick is minor: I thot we need a speed-type back someone more-different from Redman & Dwyer. But, our RB has to be his own blocker, because our run-blocking SUCKS until proven otherwise. James Leonard’s post above describes Bell exactly. I think Bell can restore the roar to Heinz field.

    As to need for a speed back, we got fast Willie as a FA so there’s hope we’ll still get one to be in the mix.

  • hergieburbur

    Myself included.

  • http://twitter.com/dericklyoung Derick L Young

    don’t be stupid lol ok but did you know getting a second contract from the Steelers period is hard, you can complain about the second round specifically all day but the fact is he has been great with the draft hence the rings. won by HIS drafted players. and guess what, ur last sentence is funny since you claim that is what he and the Steelers do and YET they win a LOT. so that is dumb to say.

  • Dan

    Ahh, I guess some of those guys were above average. :)
    Thank you.

  • hergieburbur

    No, I did not say that is what the Steelers do, pay attention. I said that is what they do in the second. Nearly all of their now WR 2nd round picks get a second contract, as do many other players. How do you think we have so many aging vets in the first place?

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