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2022 NFL Draft Profile: David Bell

David Bell, WR, Purdue Boilermakers, 2022 NFL Draft

Bell's combination of size and savvy should appeal to NFL teams

Few wide receivers were as productive as David Bell was last season, which is why he shouldn't last too long in the 2022 NFL Draft. Coming from the same school that produced Rondale Moore, Bell may be a different type of receiver, but his size and route-running ability should help him be a productive pass catcher in the pros.

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David Bell Draft Profile

College: Purdue
Class: Jr.
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210

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Strong Points

Bell is a big-bodied and highly productive receiver. He’s more polished than most of the receivers at the top of this class, often tasked with lining up on the boundary and creating his own separation as opposed to being schemed open. He has the body control to change directions. He uses his frame effectively on in-breaking routes and has the strong hands to make plays in contested-catch situations. He runs hard after the catch.

Weak Points

Bell’s speed is more of the buildup variety; he won’t threaten defenses vertically. His big plays tended to come on over routes, finding voids in zone coverage. He isn’t overly sudden and occasionally has difficulty escaping physical press coverage.

Summary

He’s likely more of a possession guy, but Bell’s size and savvy as a route-runner could make him a quality No. 2 receiver.

Final Grade: 2nd Round

YearGRECYDSYPCTDR-ATTR-YDSTD

2019

12

86

1,035

12.0

7

3

12

1

2020

6

53

625

11.8

8

0

0

0

2021

11

93

1,286

13.8

6

3

39

0

Career

29

232

2,946

12.7

21

6

51

1

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