2013 NFL DRAFT PRIMER: Big, bruiser running back from Michigan State visits Dallas Cowboys

2013 NFL DRAFT PRIMER - Big, bruiser running back from Michigan State visits Dallas Cowboys - LeVeon Bell - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

IRVING, Texas – Le’Veon Bell could fit the Dallas Cowboys’ need for a bruiser as backup running back, capable of handling a full load at any point.

That’s why the Cowboys are one of two teams, along with the Jets, that the former Michigan State star running back said he’s visited so far. Bell was one of 30 players to take a pre-draft visit with the Cowboys.

“The running backs coach (Gary Brown) was very impressed,” Bell said on 105.3 FM The Fan. “He loved the way I can catch the ball. He loves the way I move, especially being a bigger guy. He loves the way I can get in and out of my cuts. I did my thing at Pro Day and in my individual workouts with the Cowboys, and I’m going to continue to impress.”

Bell made his first trip to see the Cowboys facilities this offseason and said he had a great two-day visit, describing the stadium as “unbelievable.” He talked to owner/general manager Jerry Jones, as well as executive vice president Stephen Jones and head coach Jason Garrett.

“They said they want another guy there to be a No. 2 guy who can eventually compete for a starting job,” Bell said. “They said basically they want two starting running backs. That’s what they’re looking for, and I feel like I can bring that to any team in the NFL.”

Bell, who ran for 1,793 yards last year, is on most draft boards as a third or fourth round pick, but he’s been told he could go even higher. He said he’s heard he could even jump into the first round, because of everything he can add to a team.

“I’m the biggest guy of all the backs, probably, height and weight, I can catch the ball out of the backfield just as good as any back,” he said. “I can get tough yardage just as good, if not better, than any back. There’s a lot of things that I can bring to a team. I played a lot of special teams, punt returner, kick returner. There’s a lot of things I can bring to a team, so much value. I’m a bigger guy, so pass protection would be a big plus for me, being able to block bigger linebackers and defensive ends at times.”

The running back grew up in Ohio, but he always watched former Jets running back Curtis Martin, even though his family consisted mostly of Steelers fans.

The Steelers and Jets are among the teams that have shown interest in Bell, along with the Cowboys, Colts and Texans. But Bell, who has friends who are Cowboys fans, doesn’t have a preference in his location or his role. He just wants an opportunity.

“I’m OK with whatever role,” Bell said. “I just want to get drafted and get into camp and compete. Once I compete, I just want a fair chance.”


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Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell looks forward to taking the next step in his football career on “Path to the Draft.”


DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is a player that the Dallas Cowboys could realistically take.

Looking for a second back to compliment starter DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys watched Bell at his Pro Day and hosted him at Valley Ranch as well.

How did the trip to Dallas go for Bell and what have the Cowboys told him about the possibilities of drafting him?

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound back explain to us why he believes he’s one of best backs in the draft. Plus, Bell tells us the craziest question he got at the NFL Combine.

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4 responses

  1. Im with it. IF he gets to a nice 245lbs. Lots of possibilities including FB. The dual threat of Murray/Bell could be killer.

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    1. Not so sure about 2nd round. Unless the boys work up a deal involving multiple picks in the second. He may be gone by round 3. If availible-take him. As long as the guard position is addressed in the opening round.

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      1. I’d love a scenario where Dallas could nab one of the top 2 rated OGs in the first round. Bell could also be considered an ‘indirect’ improvement to the OL if his FB skills are high (and he replaces Vickers on the roster). I’m OK with a 2nd round selection, but ideally, he’ll fall into their laps in the 3rd round.

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    2. Definitely like his upside, size, and attitude. I’m OK with whatever weight the Dallas Cowboys coaching and conditioning staff recommends for him. If they intend to use him primarily at FB, then like you, I’d feel better if he added that extra 15 pounds.

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