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TBN Draft Profile: Vonn Bell

Measurables:

Height- 5’11”

Weight- 199 lbs

Arms- 32 3/8″

Hands- 9 1/2″

Combine/Pro Day:

Bench- 16 reps

4.51 40

30 1/2″ vertical

Year G Solo Ast Tot TFL Sacks Int TD PD
2013 8 16 3 19 1 0 1 0 0
2014 15 56 35 91 2 1 6 0 6
2015 13 43 22 65 1 0 2 1 9
Totals 36 115 60 175 4 1 9 1 15

The Dallas Cowboys have been continuously linked to Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey to help their need in the backend. It is that mentality and thought process that led TBN to Ohio State’s Vonn Bell. Bell is a player the Cowboys likely look at because much like Byron Jones he has position flex. He played a lot as the single high safety for the Buckeyes but also saw plenty of time as a nickel cornerback. Throw out the labels on this kid, he can play as a box safety.

What this team has lacked is good safety play. Such as taking correct angles or not missing tackles. Bell looks like that safety in both regards. His ability to process the information quickly and make decisions decisively is probably his best asset. Although sometimes inconsistent with that.  Once Bell reads the play he has good click-and-close ability. He charges downhill relatively fast. He doesn’t have burner speed but he is no loafer on the field either. You aren’t going to find Bell out of position.

Bell also has the length that should satisfy the threshold that this team obviously has for their secondary players. The issue you will find is he can get a bit handsy in coverage. You could definitely expect illegal contact and pass interference calls with him until he cleans up his tendencies. He can create turnovers which is something this secondary wasn’t good at in 2015.

Vonn Bell is probably one of the safest picks the Cowboys could make at 34. He won’t be special but at the same time he won’t get you killed.

About Patrick Conn

Patrick Conn is the lead NFL Draft analyst for TBN. Over the past three years he has worked with Inside The Star, Blogging The Boys, and Fansided. His work has even been published on SI.com. Patrick has been on ESPN East Texas discussing the Cowboys and the NFL Draft. Follow him on twitter @DraftCowboys.

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