Photo of Blake Bell
Drafted By: 49ers

Combine Results

Grade
5.32 ?
  • 4.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.81 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The "Belldozer" is a converted quarterback who is a bruising runner after the catch. He is still counting his steps as a receiver but San Francisco can use him in jumbo packages near the goal line as he develops into a more well-rounded player. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'6" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 252LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Played the first three years at Oklahoma as a quarterback. Threw for 5,992 yards and 69 touchdowns coming out of high school, while being invited to play in Under Armour All-American game. In 2011, came into games in goal line packages. Nicknamed "Bell-dozer" for his physical, straight-ahead running style. Named Insight Bowl Offensive MVP. In 2012, tied for team lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. In 2013 made eight starts at quarterback. Missed two games with a concussion. Switched to tight end during spring practices in 2014. Made eight starts with 16 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns. Missed one game with a knee strain. Was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks good on the hoof with a frame suited to add just a little more weight. Former quarterback with a feel for space when running routes against zone. Confident pass-catcher with ability to run through safeties and maximize each catch. Plays with competitive spirit and very coachable. Improved by leaps and bounds as a blocking tight end. Keeps hands inside and plays with wide base and ability to sustain in pass protection. Had reps in which he held his own against Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman.

Weaknesses

Extremely raw in new position. Takes some awkward angles to blocks in space and is learning how to play with better body control. Currently lacking as a drive blocker and edge sealer. Limited as a route runner. Tape shows game gets fast for Bell as he continues to learn nuances of position. Separation comes from scheme of route ability at this point.

Draft Projection

Round 5

Sources Tell Us

"Personally, I don't really think much of his chances to make it as a tight end because he's too far behind where he needs to be. I did think he looked better by the end of the year so maybe I'm wrong." -- NFC North scout "I really like what I saw from him as the season went on and then post season. I think he'll be one of the three best tight ends to come out of this draft." - NFL tight ends coach

NFL Comparison

Joel Dreessen

Bottom Line

A newly converted tight end who was a short-yardage specialist and red-zone brute for the Sooners as a quarterback. Bell was looked over by scouting community during the regular season, but he has flashed sure hands and shown improvement as a blocker and could have an NFL future if a team is willing to be patient with him.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.

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