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tBBC Vonn Bell Will be the Steal of the NFL Draft

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. Vonn Bell Will be the Steal of the NFL Draft
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    This discussion may seem premature – but we shall have it regardless.

    The NFL Draft is scheduled to begin Thursday April 28th of 2016. We already know the top order – which leads off with the Tennessee Titans followed by the Cleveland Browns, the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, the SF 49ers, and Jacksonville Jaguars – and so on ….

    Tennessee will either use the top pick to protect Mariota – or trade it – even though some Mock Drafts have the Titans picking either Laremy Tunsil OT of Ole Miss or Joey Bosa. Cleveland needs everything. But QB appears to be the smart way to rebuild. The Chargers need some help on Defense, but more so upfront – though their glaring need is wide receiver. The Jaguars are the first team that appears with a pressing need for a strong safety. Most Mock Boards though seem consistent in the Jags taking a Cornerback.

    The sixth overall pick of the Baltimore Ravens too show a need for a strong safety. Some of the Mock Boards have them going for a Cornerback as well, though I have seen a consistency of Jayron Kearse of Clemson getting a chance in the Crab Cake Capital of the World.

    In all of the Strong Safety Rankings analyses that I have seen and reviewed thus far in this infancy stage of the upcoming draft the top ranking goes to Jayron Kearse. The second ranking is consistent as well with Vonn Bell of The Ohio State University. Duke’s Jeremy Cash (a one-time Buckeye) appears at number 3 on majority boards.

    The NFL when they look at safeties they do so in a breakdown of three categories. First, is the player a true deep-middle free safety? Is he a “box” player who has the capacity to strongly lend support against the run? Or is the player simply best at a cover – 2 scheme?

    Safety needs vary from team to team. A Rex Ryan scheme up in Buffalo certainly requires a different skill set than the scheme outlined in New England. Cincinnati’s needs for a safety are different than that of the Vikings. The point is detail to a player’s abilities which is essential in the formation of a wonderful relationship with the team that will take a chance on him.

    Vonn Bell plays a tough and physical style of football. His ball-skills is awesome and admired by opposition (Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson: “Everyone talks Joey Bosa – and with rightful cause. But take a look at Vonn Bell. He is the real deal that will take you out of your game.” Oct. 4th, 2015)

    I read that one scout in the NFL who asked not be named said of Bell: “On film his display of NFL range and vision, the quickness to see plays unfold, his reactive athleticism in a read are keys to his explosive results. He has the hips and footwork to shadow receivers and the complete versatility to redirect and assist on the run in a favorable arrival to the contact point.” He added. “He’ll find a home in the NFL. Even if it begins at the wrong house he’ll find another home and settle well into a prosperous career.”

    Some in the NFL say he is at the developmental stage and will need work. But even those have admitted they’d love the opportunity to help teach and mold him.

    At The Ohio State University Vonn Bell came in as a highly ranked high school player from Rossville, Georgia. Many had believed he’d be heading for Georgia, or even Tennessee. But the surprise came when he announced he’d be playing in Columbus. As a freshman he mostly played as a nickel defensive back off the bench. He eventually earned a starting safety job as a sophomore in 2014 and tied the Big Ten lead with a total of six interceptions – finishing second on the team with a total of 92 tackles and third in passes defended with 12. This year in 2015 he would amass a total 63 tackles, 41 of which were solo, 22 assisted. He would end the year with 2 interceptions, one of which he returned 16 yards for a TD against Minnesota on Nov., 17th.

    A couple projections that I have seen have Vonn Bell drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are emerging with a promising future on the defensive side of the ball. With their front seven they have shown enough trench work to make even Rex Ryan smile sincerely. And cornerback Stephon Gilmore has emerged as a star. Adding Vonn Bell into the mix would only strengthen an already young and strong defense. It makes sense. It also seems very Rex.

    Wherever Vonn Bell ends up in the NFL (my fingers are crossed that he’ll last until the Bengals pick) he will be an impact player immediately. The confession of some scouts that he was at a developmental stage is merely, as they admitted, at a perfect place to learn to catch up with his greatness.

    Look for whoever gets Vonn Bell to have a defense that will improve within that first year. And whatever uniform he wears – know that they got the steal of the draft.

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