David Bell

David Bell

Measurements
  • Height
    6007
  • Hand
    9 2/8
  • VJ
    33
  • Weight
    212lbs
  • Arm
    31 7/8
  • Speed
    4.65
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Brian Friedland - Scout
David Bell
  • Overall Rank
    40
  • Position Rank
    8
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    21.5 Years
  • Team
    PURDUE

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2019 12 86 1,035 12.0 7 3 CAR, 12 YDS, 1 TD
2020 6 53 625 11.8 8 8.8 REC/G
2021 11 93 1,286 13.8 6 8.5 REC/G

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Looks smaller than 6-2, but size is adequate regardless. Didn't miss a single game at Purdue due to injury, but could fill out his frame a little more. Length is adequate and isn't a hindrance to his play on the field.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Gritty player who isn't afraid to put his shoulder down and try to gain more yardage (makes up for lack of make you miss ability). Above the line instincts as he is able to sit in zones and properly leverage physical corners in order to create separation for himself. Has room to grow here if he gets better at improvising when the play breaks down. Adequate effort/motor as he is inconsistent in this area, especially when it comes to blocking.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Bell has adequate speed and explosiveness, but he is a tough player to stop once he gets going. He shows an above the line ability to break leg tackles (AT Iowa/Q2/10:24), but struggles to power through players. Bell has outstanding body control, particularly on deep balls where he is able to adjust to poorly thrown balls (AT Iowa/Q3/13:25). His body control shines the most when he is going up for a contested catch. Change of direction is adequate as Bell doesn't win with shiftiness when it comes to creating big plays. Rather it is more his toughness that allows him to break out of tackles rather than making opposing defenders miss on their tackle attempts. Bell has above the line flexibility and bend as he does not look very stiff on his routes and can leverage corners to create openings in coverage.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    8
  • Flexibility/Bend
    7
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 6.5

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Bell did not return any kicks during his time at Purdue. Off of the line, Bell struggles to create separation due to adequate speed and explosiveness. He has to use his hands a lot to help create separation for himself. Release is adequate while his suddenness is also adequate, but it does look choppy when he is playing more physical corners. Route running is above the line and has the chance to be one of his best traits at the next level if he is able to get a little more polished there. He had a knack for getting open at Purdue. Ball skills are above the line, but Bell did have some poor drops. Run after the catch ability is adequate, but he flashes above the line with his ability to break out of tackles. Vertical threat ability is adequate with Bell not having the long speed to beat defenders off the LOS. Perimeter blocking is adequate and is fine for the NFL level.

  • Ball Skills
    7
  • Suddenness
    6
  • Release
    6
  • Route Running
    7
  • Run After Catch
    6
  • Vertical threat
    6
  • Perimeter Blocking
    6
  • Return Ability
    5
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
David Bell came into Purdue as a four-star recruit from Warren Central High School. He started in every single game during his career, with the exception of this past year where he decided to not participate in Purdue's bowl game against Tennessee. Immediately, Bell's impact was felt as he stepped up when Rondale Moore got hurt in 2019 and recorded 86 REC for 1,035 YDS and 7 TDS. These numbers helped Bell to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an AP Freshman All-American for the 2019 season. Despite a COVID-19 shortened season, Bell was still able to compile 53 REC for 625 YDS and 8 TDS in just six games, earning himself First Team All-Big Ten honors. 2021 was arguably Bell's best as a Boilermaker as he set career-highs in receptions (93), receiving yards (1,286), and yards per catch (13.8). He was named a First Team All-American, a First-Team All-Big Ten receiver, and he was awarded the Richter-Howard Award for the best receiver in the Big Ten. Bell is a WR2/SLOT who wins with his outstanding body control, above the line route running, and his ability to break leg tackles in the open field. He has a chance to elevate himself if he becomes more proficient in the slot and is able to improve his release off of the LOS.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Iowa
  • Oct - 16 - 2021
  • Did an excellent job of displaying some potential YAC ability while also having his way with anybody defending him. His route running was outstanding in this one, and Bell ended the game with 21.8 Y/C on top of a single-game career-high 240 receiving yards
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Notre Dame
  • Sep - 18 - 2021
  • Struggled to get free of the corner shadowing him and had to rely too much on his contested catch ability to be effective in this one
Best Trait
Body Control
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