Report: Steelers Showing Interest In S Vonn Bell

Vonn Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers are showing interest in another Ohio State Buckeye. I hope you were sitting down for that.

Though the specifics are unclear, Rand Getlin says the Steelers have met with safety Vonn Bell in some fashion.

Bell does not appear to be one of the four prospects reported to visit the team today, though it obviously doesn’t mean there can’t be a visit scheduled for the future.

A 28 game starter, Bell recorded 65 tackles, 2 interceptions, and a recovered fumble in 2015. His best year came in 2014 where he picked off six passes in 15 games. He was a First-Team All-American this season. Unable to work out at the Combine, he turned in a 4.51 40 and a 30.5 inch vertical at Ohio State’s Pro Day, according to

He is viewed as NFL Draft Scout’s #1 overall safety and projected to be a second round pick. Pittsburgh has taken a Buckeye in five of the last six drafts.

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  • Jeff Papiernik

    Here is how I rank the obtainable safeties in this draft (excludes Jalen Ramsey).

    1. Karl Joseph
    2. Darian Thompson
    3. Keanu Neal
    4. Vonn Bell

    Unsurprisingly, the Steelers have shown interest in all of them. Any one of these would be a great second round pick. Take the highest rated one that’s left when pick #58 comes along and I would be thrilled.

  • vasteeler

    i like bell a lot but i dont think he makes it to #58

  • PittsburghSports

    That’s kinda how I’m thinking about it, as far as grabbing who’s left in rd 2. Out of those four I think Bell is the most versatile, and because of that he just might be the 1st Safety drafted.

  • pkeats86

    This would be my rankings as well. Only thing I might change is I have Joseph and Thompson as 1a and 1b because I can’t decide between them.

  • Ike Evans

    Funny enough…..the only one of those guys i think is there at 58 is your 1st name

  • Rotten Sircus

    I love all the kids that come out of Ohio St. ..I wouldn’t be mad if we got Vonn Bell !!!

  • Timothy Rea

    How awesome would it be to go CB in round 1 and S in round 2. Would shut up the fans for a while.


    Maybe for a minute or until they allow their 1 st TD and be labeled a bust

  • Spencer Krick

    This is exactly what’s going to happen.

  • Spencer Krick

    Really any one of those guys would be fantastic in round 2.

  • RickM

    It sure does look like their intention is to draft a Safety in Round 1 or 2. But it seems a bit of a dilemma for the Steelers. None of Joseph, Thompson, Neal or Bell appear to be great value at #25. But which ones will be available at #58? I hope they’re doing their homework to project the current Safety needs of other teams in Round 2, and those teams’ draft visits, to get some sense of how much of a run on Safeties there’ll be in that round. I’d hate for them to be left out in the cold after all these Safety visits.

  • Carlos

    The NFL game is a tall order for any rookie at those positions… fans will complain anyway when they mess up

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Well they can’t control who other teams select. Kind of a crap shoot. But they are at least doing their homework on safeties who can be had in later rounds in case there is that run on safeties in the second round. Simmons, Green, Byard can all be obtained with later picks.

  • RickM

    It’s not a matter of controlling who other teams select. It’s looking at the other teams’ needs and then doing a best guess as to whether these 4 guys will go between 26 and 57. Every team in the NFL knows the Steelers need Safety, CB and D-line help. My assumption is that the Steelers are looking at the other teams top needs as well and calculating whether the guy(s) they like will be available at 58. There’s no guarantee, but it’s not a crap shoot. Teams in the first two rounds almost always draft the BPA at a position of need.

  • William Weaver

    Any chance for one available in rd 3?

  • falconsaftey43

    5 safeties went in first 2 round last year, only 3 if you don’t count the guys that ended up playing CB in NFL. 4 in 2014, 5 in 2013. So seems like around 4-5 safeties go in the first couple rounds. Should have a really good chance of one of those safeties being there.

  • Sack Master

    I think, and fear, it is quite possible that none are available at 58.

  • Ike Evans

    Thats possible too

  • RickM

    Good info, thanks. It sounds like it’ll be dicey at 58. I assume the Steelers’ will have a ranking for the Safeties they like (no idea what it will be). If they really 2 of the 4 guys better than the other two and they’re gone, it’ll be interesting to see if they go for another position. I wish we picked 10 spots higher in Round 2. Then we could control our own destiny. Oh well, as long as we get a good D player at any position.

  • Sdale

    How do you run a 4.51 and have a 30″ vertical?

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    You just do.

  • PaeperCup

    Haha….Realisticly, neither of them would likely play a prominent role in the defense first year out. We may need to accept that we may be looking at Allen, Golson, Gay, Golden, Mitchell for a good part of the year. Unless one of the rookies come out firing.

  • PaeperCup

    I agree with your statement falcon. The likely hood of all those guys being gone by the second is slim. Still possible, but we’d have to see 4 safeties taken in the second alone. I don’t think there’s a safety on the board with true first round talent. Do the teams behind the Steelers in the first need a safety? Something to consider.

  • PaeperCup

    I like it. I like Thompson a little more, but I may consider them 1a and 1b. I am torn between Neal and Bell. What one does pretty well, I wish the other did better.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Cb1rd safety 2rd. DLine3rd!!

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Unlikely. Ramsey is the only Sefety likely to be selected in 1st round. So we would have to see a huge run on the Safety position in the upper half of the 2nd round for all the others to be gone. And he neglected to list Sua’ Cravens, who would be a great 2nd Round to fill both OLB or Sefety. And if that occur…then that would mean a person at a different position of high quality would be in a free-fall.

  • Ike Evans

    Runs happen every year in the draft at several positions….a run happening is extremely likely….its a trend…especially when a grouping of players all have simmilar grades

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Gotta Luv Harolds!!! (Cave Creek, AZ)

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Best available in first 3 Rounds NT, Safety, CB.

  • Big Joe

    Some have him in 2nd Rd, others in mid-20s. Kind of hard to tell where he’ll shake out but won’t be there at 58.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    And there is Sua’ Cravens who is a 2nd Round grade as well not on that list. So I predict we’ll see a quality Safety available in the 2nd round. If the Steelers don’t take a Safety with the 2nd pick…that means someone fell & they are using BPA selection.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    All those names will be gone by time the Steelers are picking in the 3rd. The only way they acquire one of those names after 58 is by trading up.

  • Ike Evans

    Didnt say their wouldnt be a quality safety….just said theres a possibility the guys listed would be gone

  • LucasY59

    forgot Cockrell… agree a rookie will have a limited impact

  • PittsburghSports

    I know, I always get a little nervous when I see a poor Vertical, just like Senquez Golson last year. It displays power and explosive strength, and overall athleticism. It’s one of the most underrated tests.

  • Steve Johnson

    They resigned Robert Golden, I think the F/O will go DT/CB with the first two picks. Then look for an OLB in the 3rd. It wouldn’t surprise me if they look for an OLB in the 1st.

  • Steve Johnson

    Sounds good to me.

  • Tom McConnell

    Add a guard. I have D-lineman, CB/S, G/C. But I see your logic.

    Mine is simply that picking a talented D-lineman in 1st can strengthen that front seven. Either DB position adds depth there. The next priority must be a Guard/Center. Though I thought Wallace played ok last year, a more talented backup for Pouncey and interior line is going to be important.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Karl was a monster… but got hurt. Darian is now back in the discussion. Keanu Neal can easily lay down the thump, and Vonn Bell is hands down the most instinctive (excluding Jalen Ramsey). Question is, which one do they pick? In addition, should all be gone by then, would Pittsburgh consider going for Justin Simmons or even TJ Green?

  • Ask Questions Later

    Kinda like how corners, offensive lineman, and edge rushers slug it out every year fro supremacy?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Depending on the players, it would ABSOLUTELY shut me up for a while indeed.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Anybody who has read my comments knows I am a fan of this kid. I love his versatility, instincts, experience, and competition he’s played against. I wish he was 6’0 or 6’1 but 5’11 1/2 is fine. He is a fine character guy by all accounts who has a light-hearted streak if you read his twitter. But I normally don’t fall for Buckeyes… but he fills a need. Like everyone else though, should we actually take him 1. And if not, will he be there for us in rd 2???

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think Vonn Bell has a great skill set my problem with him is I believe he has some immaturity which had me drop him down on the list.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    I think a 4th round OT/G would fit the bill for the Offensive Line. Then, use the 6th on WR. 7th & 7th both on depth at other positions of need (LB, DE)

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Resigning Golden is a good singing, but it doesn’t address the Allen departure that will occur in the very near future. Thomas hasn’t, as of yet, demonstrated that he can effectively cover & the Steelers D (for a long time) revolved around the skill set of the Safety position. I predict they add a very good (not great) Safety earl in this draft.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Obviously by Round 3, you are giving up some skills quality (Sharko Thomas is good example)…but they would fill in the Defensive depth nicely with young tallent. I don’t expect the Defense to improve too much this year, but long term it would be a good start.

  • Tom McConnell

    There’s where I would disagree, from what I read the dropoff between 2nd & 4th round tackles is pretty severe. There are 3 or 4 guard/centers that would be a step up from Wallace that could be available in the 3rd. I also think that guard is weaker than tackle since they signed a tackle.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I have pretty high hopes as I think we draft as many as 5 defensive guys. (Though I bet 4 given our track record.) I would like 2 CB’s, 1 S, 1 DT, I OLB, 1 WR, and 1 OL. But I doubt it.