As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.
Blake Bell (TE), Oklahoma
6’6” | 252 lbs.
16 rec, 214 yds, 4 TD
What scouts are saying:
"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." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
"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." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears need a long-term answer at tight end and they don't currently have much depth beyond starter Martellus Bennett. Bell, a converted quarterback, is very raw at the position, but he's athletic and can fill multiple roles in an offense, with experience as a rusher and passer in addition to receiver. With a fifth-round projection, the Bears could do worse than taking a chance on a guy like Bell that late.