After drawing a rousing endorsement from Bucky Brooks earlier in the month, Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell has appeared on the Jets’ radar. Aaron Wilson of Scout.com notes Gang Green, among a host of other teams including serious suitors such as the Steelers and Broncos, has scheduled a visit with the 6’2″ 230 pound bruiser.
Bell showed soft hands at the NFL Combine catching the ball out of the backfield and was able to shed approximately 20 pounds from his frame during weigh-ins. Similarly to former Jet Shonn Greene, Bell is known for his power and North-South style of running. However, he has the ability to be much more elusive than Greene especially when it comes to eluding defenders in the open field as he is able to utilize his quick feet. Built into his repertoire is an effective spin move and stiff arm.
There are some concerns regarding his ability to survey the entire field and make the proper adjustments and his pass blocking abilities tend to be inconsistent. His size also limits his speed, particularly his first step, as Brooks noted.
Bell was projected to be a third round pick in next month’s draft however, with his stock quickly on the rise he may be snagged as early as the second round. He has drawn a wide range of comparisons from Stephen Jackson to LeGarrette Blount to Chuck Muncie (Yes, we’re going old school).
Below are some highlights, written, via Aaron Wilson, and on video:
He rushed for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and was named All-Big Ten Conference.
He averaged 4.7 yards per carry and caught 32 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown.
Bell has run the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds and has a 31 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 9-10 broad jump.
As a freshman, Bell rushed for 605 yards and eight touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Bell rushed for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Bell rushed for 1,333 yards and 21 touchdowns as a high school senior.