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Cleveland Browns Comprehensive NFL Draft Review: David Bell, WR Purdue

The Cleveland Browns selected a prolific, but athletically limited wide receiver in David Bell from Purdue. Using historical data plus the tape, projecting Bell's ability to succeed in the NFL and the role he will play with the Browns.

With their third selection of the third round, the Cleveland Browns used the 99th pick on wide receiver David Bell out of Purdue. He was the first of two receivers the Browns added in the 2021 along with Michael Woods II out of Oklahoma.

Bell has won countless awards during his collegiate career, but perhaps the most impressive include being named a consensus first team All-American for his junior season, being named Academic All-Big Ten as a sophomore and the Richter–Howard Receiver of the Year in a field that included Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jaxon Smith-Njigba all playing at Ohio State.

Athletic Profile

Age: 21 (Born December 14th, 2000)

Height: 6' 7/8"

Weight: 212 lbs

Arm Length: 31 7/8"

40-yard dash: 4.65 (4.71 at Pro Day)

Broad Jump: 118"

Vertical Jump: 33"

3-cone: 7.14

Shuttle: 4.57

Bell has good size relative to his height. He's also got pretty good explosion, which is important as it means he has one winning physical trait. Bell's not fast or particularly quick, but he shows good strength for the position. His age is also good.

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While Bell can't be entirely ignored as a boundary receiving threat, he's more likely to be find consistent success in the slot. That is where his power and footwork would allow him to do the most damage, overpowering smaller slot defender while being slippery enough to cause problems for bigger ones.

On the perimeter, he could be effective particularly in the red zone. His strength should allow him to create separation while being nifty enough with his footwork to find holes in the defense. His hands, concentration and ability to use his body should also help. Still, between the 20's, if his ability to run routes effectively translates into separation in the NFL, he could be a player who extends drives.

Still, most of the routes where he's enjoyed the most success can be run from the slot. He should be able to run slants, hitches, drags and sail routes. Bell could also be a nice option working to the sideline. replacing an outside receiver's spot on the field. It's also possible Bell could be an interesting target for slot fades and corner routes

His strength and physicality should translate into becoming an effective blocker, something he was rarely asked to do for the Boilermakers. That could also open up some opportunities off of play-action and quick dump offs where he has room to run.

Bell's production is the biggest reason he should find success in the NFL. Whatever his athletic limitations, he found a way to produce consistently. His lack of speed and agility could prevent him from ever making the Pro Bowl, but his explosion provides additional reason to believe he can be a long term starter and productive player for the Browns.

The Rest of the 2022 Draft Class

Martin Emerson, CB Mississippi State

Alex Wright, DE UAB

Perrion Winfrey, DT Oklahoma

Jerome Ford, RB Cincinnati

Michael Woods II, WR Oklahoma

Isaiah Thomas, DE Oklahoma

Dawson Deaton, C Texas Tech