Photo of Joel Bell
  • 5.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'7" Height
  • 315LBS. Weight


Bell won all-conference honors in each of his three seasons as a starter at left tackle for the Paladins, although his future may lay on the strong side in the NFL. He was also named an All-American as a senior due to his pass protection and run-blocking skills. Relatively inexperienced in football after living in Egypt and Croatia (his parents were missionaries) until returning to the United States in 2001, Bell is a potential swing tackle with loads of upside. Had an arm span of 34 inches and a hand span of 10 3/8 inches at the combine.



Strengths: Prototypical height, excellent physique and good strength with room on his frame to grow. Dominated defensive ends at the FCS level using his size and solid athleticism. Good initial kick-slide, then uses his long arms to hold off most defenders. Latches onto smaller ends and drives them backward or puts them on the ground, and plays through the whistle. Better feet and straight-ahead quickness in space than expected for his size; can get out in front of screens and get to linebackers at the second level. Able to get the outside shoulder of his man and provide a nice seal on the edge. Durable. Weaknesses: Fires off the ball but tends to lunge at defenders, especially on the second level. Does not bend his knees enough and is a bit slow in lateral movement when pass protecting, but got away with it against lower-level competition. Must sustain blocks longer in pass pro and on the run. Needs to improve his punch as he is inconsistent knocking his defender off balance. Will miss quicker defenders in space, and is a bit slow to react when they change direction. Comes out of his run stance high, which is expected due to his height. May have trouble staying low in short-yardage situations against shorter defensive ends. Does not recover quickly when on the ground.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.