BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year last season after totaling 126/9.5/3, intercepting four passes, and breaking up three more. Junior-year totals included 76/9/4 when he struggled with an ankle injury.
POSITIVES: Strong, hard-hitting linebacker who stands out in run defense. Disciplined, scrapes well in the box, and uses his hands to protect himself. Displays a quick first step to the action, rarely off his feet, and weaves through traffic to get to the ball-carrier. Strong at the point and holds his ground against blocks even when taking on opposing linemen. Squares into ball-carriers and wraps up when tackling.
NEGATIVES: Struggles in coverage or when required to make plays moving in reverse. Not considered a team leader or a hard worker.
ANALYSIS: Bell is a productive linebacker with a good degree of upside potential. He has the ability to be a starter at the next level if he makes football a priority and does more than rely on his natural skill.