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Kahlil Bell (RB)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 212
College: UCLA
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: San Anselmo, CA
High School: Marin Catholic
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Overview

Although Bell is a strong one-cut back with loads of potential, he had an injury-riddled and generally ineffective career with the Bruins. He played in only 25 games over the past three seasons, starting 14, because of a suspension (2006), torn right ACL (2007) and high ankle sprain (2008). As a senior, he averaged 2.8 yards per carry playing hurt behind a young, constantly rotating offensive line. His 10 catches for 65 yards did not showcase his talents, either. If his legs are healthy and his mind is right, teams running a zone-blocking scheme could find him to be a great bargain as a late pick or free agent. Had an arm span of 31 1/2 inches and a hand span of 10 1/4 inches at the combine.


High School

Lettered in football as a running back and defensive back for coach Ken Peralta at Marin (CA) Catholic HS ... SuperPrep All-California (No. 67 player) ... Three-star selection by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 55 player in California by scout.com ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... Third-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) ... First-team All-State Small Schools (Cal-Hi Sports) ... As a senior, he was named all-league on both offense and defense ... Selected Back of the Year and Regional Player of the Year ... Had more than 6,000 yards of total offense for his career ... Set school records for most rushing yards in a season, most touchdowns in a season, most carries in a season and highest average per carry ... Led Bay Area in rushing with 2,292 yards and 31 touchdowns ... As a safety, he made 70 tackles and five interceptions ... Also had 160 receiving yards and averaged 14 yards per punt return ... Two-star selection by rivals.com ... As a junior, he was named Back of the Year, Player of the Year and all-league ... Preseason No. 47 player in CA/NV/HI by SuperPrep ... Preseason No. 58 player in West by scout.com ... Rushed for 1,682 yards and 24 touchdowns ... Also had 125 receiving yards and averaged 12.5 yards per punt return ... As a sophomore at Montgomery HS, he earned All-State underclass honors while rushing for 1,642 yards and 19 touchdowns ... Also had 135 receiving yards and averaged 12.9 yards per punt return ... Named all-league and All-Sonoma County ... Also lettered three years in basketball (coach Rick Winter) and in track (triple jump) ... In basketball, his team won three league titles and the North Coast Section championship in his senior year ... Averaged 14 points, four assists and five rebounds per game as a senior ... As a junior, he averaged nine points and four assists per game.


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Analysis

Positives: Stout frame with good overall musculature. Powerful one-cut runner who, when healthy, can carry the load. Good initial quickness to get to and through the hole. Can lower his shoulder and run through tackles. Delivers the blow. Good stiff arm. Good leg drive for short-yardage situations, which could be even better with a lower pad level. Tough to bring down. Fights for extra yardage by keeping his legs churning and can break away after being apparently stopped. Runs with a chip on his shoulder. Can cut in space and gain yardage in chunks. Surprising balance for a big back. Soft hands out of the backfield. Coaches say he has matured into a team leader during his career.


Negatives: Bit of a bull in a china shop. Marginal vision. Too often runs into the backs of his own blockers because he lacks patience. Runs a bit upright and can get himself in trouble when running laterally and not getting square. Lacks breakaway speed. Has struggled with durability throughout his career. Torn right ACL among the injuries that require a medical check.


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