Dynasty Draft Profile: Kenny Bell
April 20, 2015 | Chad Scott
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Kenny Bell is an interesting prospect not many are talking about in dynasty. To be fair, this class is loaded with wide receiver talent and Bell doesn’t come with the same fanfare others do – coming from a school who ran the ball over 60% of the time in each of his four seasons.
But Bell has skills.
It’s no coincidence Bell leaves Nebraska as their all-time leader in receptions (81) and receiving yards (2689). He’s also #9 all time in the Big Ten for average kick return yards (25.0) on 51 attempts.
So why aren’t people talking about him more?
If you dig beneath the surface instead of looking at just box scores, Bell was ninth in the entire country in YPRR (yards per route run) with 2.5 (Per PFF). That particular stat is important because it directly correlates with efficiency versus pure volume. Bell wasn’t receiving a ton of targets in Nebraska’s run-first offense, but when he did, he capitalized on nearly every opportunity.
His physical profile isn’t elite like others in his class, but it’s not terrible either. Standing 6-foot-1, 197lbs, Bell is long and lanky.
He scored well at the NFL combine as well – finishing third in the vertical jump and 3-cone events; fourth in the broad jump – suggesting the now 23 year-old prospect has great vertical and leaping ability to bring to the NFL.
Before you dismiss this has hyperbole, GIF me some time to state my case…
Bell is a very apt blocker on the outside despite his long, slender physical profile. He consistently stays (aggressively) on his blocks and is often seen downfield blocking when run plays go for chunk yardage. On a side note, Bell could have been called for holding on more than a few occasions and will in the NFL when his hands ‘grab’ the outside of defender’s shoulder pads:
He can beat you deep instantly. Bell and Nebraska’s passing game were no doubt aided by a great run game with Ameer Abdullah, but Bell can pop the lid off and get behind defenders in a hurry. NFL Network’s, Daniel Jeremiah, tweeted:
‘He has another gear when the ball is in the air. Great vertical stretch option in 3rd round area.’
He gains separation in the blink of an eye versus one-on-one and you can see his vertical gift when going up for the football. These connections weren’t always there, but it was more about quarterback play than that of Bell’s ability.
Demonstrates good body control and timing with QB on this back shoulder throw:
Also, really good balls skills *side smiles*:
Bell’s 3-cone time also suggests he’ll be above average in making defenders miss in small areas. While I didn’t find a GIF of this, do what I do… ask Rich Hribar…
Aside from ho-hum career production numbers (in total), Bell’s lack of consistent hands may be his undoing in the NFL. For every spectacular catch there seems to be a downright dirty drop mixed in:
While Bell’s deep game is on point, his short-intermediate game needs some work. He has a tendency to look rigid within his routes and stays tall when trying to navigate through zones. While this is a catch, the uber-robotic feel of him concerns me when translating to the NFL:
I’ll give Bell the benefit of the doubt as Nebraska isn’t accustomed to churning out NFL receiving talent, but nonetheless, it’s worth noting and something he will need to work on during and after the draft process.
In dynasty, Bell’s rookie ADP of 35 (3.11) is just about right until we reach draft landing spots. In fact, there may be some occasions I’d draft Bell in the early third rounds of drafts depending on the sharks in your league.
Hopefully a team like the Bills don’t draft Bell so we’re not saying “Who killed Kenny?” this time next month…