There is certainly a lot of mystery and intrigue in the upcoming NFL Draft. For now Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is the top-rated player in the FOX Sports NEXT NFL Draft Top 100. Joeckel narrowly edges Eric Fisher for the top spot. What will happen with Jarvis Jones, Star Lotulelei, and Matt Barkley? Here's an in-depth look at all 100 players.
"It would be really cool, a dream come true [being drafted first overall]," said Joeckel last week in Indianapolis. "But the way I'm just looking at it, I want to get there. I am definitely striving to be the No. 1 pick, going through this entire process and playing this season and all that kind of stuff. But my dream is to just play in the NFL. I know, being the No. 1 pick, after that, it doesn't really matter. You've got to go prove yourself in the NFL."
Fisher finds himself at No. 2 overall. He was clearly the top prospect at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., back in January. Fisher had a terrific combine and his stock continues to climb, although he can't go much higher.
"I'm working to be the No. 1 tackle," Fisher said. "That's not up to me in the end. That's up to coaches and general managers, but that's what I'm working for."
The Mystery Men
What you see is what you get with Joeckel and Fisher. They are 1a and 1b. There is no drama. There are no red flags, a checkered past or a recent serious injury. But there are with a plenty of others inside the top 25 and it's these players where the mystery and intrigue captivates the draft/evaluation process.
Headlining this list is Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, the No. 3 rated prospect. Jones is the top pass rusher in this class. His production as a Bulldog the last two seasons was superb. Simply put, he was the best defensive player in the best conference in America, the SEC. Think about that for a minute.
But there was a reason why Jones left the Trojans and transferred to Georgia. He has spinal stenosis. USC wouldn't clear him to play, but the Dawgs did and he was incredible in Athens. Will there be the same sort of ambiguity by NFL team doctors as they assess his condition, or will it simply scare away everyone in the top half of the draft altogether? Could he plunge like DaQuan Bowers did two years ago? Even if Jones performs well at Georgia's pro day, it may not matter. Regardless, he's one of the elite prospects in this draft.
"I only had one incident," said Jones at the NFL Combine. "A stinger at USC in '09, my freshman year. I never had any symptoms after that. I played two years of SEC football, red-shirted, practiced every day, never had any symptoms. So I feel that I'm healthy. The doctors felt that I was healthy today. So I'm excited."
Checking it at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively are Dion Jordan and Dee Milliner. Jordan is a defensive end/outside linebacker prospect from Oregon while Milliner is a cornerback from Alabama. Both of these defensive standouts worked out with torn labrums at the NFL Combine. At this time it doesn't appear that their injuries with affect their draft status, but you never know once a player has surgery. Jordan will have surgery this week while Milliner's will be on March 12.
How do you properly put a ranking on Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei? It was discovered in Indianapolis that this Ute had a heart condition and he was withheld from the combine testing. You can bet that Lotulelei's heart will be tested and re-tested between now and draft day, as every team will want to get a handle on his condition and the potential consequences of selecting this defensive tackle. Of course, Lotulelei is a surefire top five guy if healthy.
Then you have USC quarterback Matt Barkley. He could have entered last year's draft. Had he done so, he would have likely been the third quarterback taken behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Barkley elected to stay, USC stumbled this season and Barkley injured his shoulder. The big day for Barkley will be USC's pro day later this month. If he throws well enough he could really rise up the charts. If he does not, he could slide into the second round for sure. Barkley is currently No. 18 overall and the No. 2 quarterback behind Geno Smith of West Virginia.
"I'm 100 percent on track with my rehab program," Barkley said. "It's been a slow process. I've had to be very patient at times with the rehab that I've been doing. But I've been in great hands under Dr. (James) Andrews, Dr. (Neal) El Attrache on the West Coast and Dr. (James) Tibone. I believe in the plan that's set. By March 27 on my pro day, I should be perfect to throw."
Georgia has another linebacker that has a big asterisk next to his name in Alec Ogletree. He has all the ability in the world to be a top 15 selection. But his off the field actions in Athens got him a four-game suspension this past season and he recently had a DUI. Ogletree is the No. 22-ranked prospect as things stand right now.
"I'm a good person at heart," Ogletree said. "Everybody makes mistakes. I feel real bad about the situation. I'm learning from it and I'm moving forward."
It's not all about red flags and medical conditions. There have been a handful of prospects that have shot up the draft charts. Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has been one of the hot names for about six weeks now. Floyd is currently No. 4 overall while Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack is No. 5. Another high flyer of late is BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. The No. 8 overall prospect, Ansah is new to the game but is showing the ability to catch on quickly. He could be this class's Jason Pierre-Paul.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson had a strong showing in Mobile and then tested off the charts at the NFL Combine. He's No. 9. Coming in at No. 10 is the freaky good athlete Barkevious Mingo from LSU. This defensive end has all the physical tools and athletic ability, but his production has not quite matched up to his measurables. Nevertheless, Mingo's upside is as good as anyone in this draft class.
Notables and Numbers
Two big names from SEC are South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Lattimore is battling rehab as he sustained that horrific knee injury this past October versus Tennessee. Meanwhile, Mathieu, who almost won the Heisman Trophy one year ago, was dismissed from the LSU football team this past offseason and didn't play at all. So it was imperative that the Honey Badger interview and test well at the NFL Combine. He at least ran well with a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. Both Lattimore and Mathieu made the top 100 and they sit in the 90s.
Florida State defensive ends Cornelius Carradine and Brandon Jenkins are both coming off injuries. Jenkins injured his foot in the Seminoles opener and didn't play the rest of the season. His backup was Carradine. He had a super season before it was ended short because of a torn ACL in the season finale against the Gators. If things look good for both of these young men health-wise, they could shoot up the rankings over the coming weeks. Right now, Carradine is No. 69 and Jenkins is No. 80 in the 100.
SMU defensive end Margus Hunt was one of the huge winners of the the NFL combine. This 6-8, 277-pounder tested off the charts and checks in at No. 44 overall. Meanwhile, another kid that turned heads at the combine was Arkansas Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead. He ran an unofficial 4.65-second 40-yard dash that was changed to 4.71. His stock could really rise with a big pro day. Armstead is No. 88.
You can't talk about the 2013 draft without mentioning Manti Te'o of Notre Dame. The troubled linebacker from South Bend is No. 30 overall at this point.
A total of 18 of the top 30 prospects are offensive or defensive linemen or rush outside linebacker prospects. And 37 of the top 100 prospects are from the SEC. Thirteen are from the Pac 12, 12 from the ACC, 10 from the Big 12 and eight from the Big 10.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Joeckel is leaving A&M early. He won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top offensive linemen. Joeckel started all 39 of his games for the Aggies. He's your prototype left tackle that's long with great feet. Joeckel's pass pro is ahead of his run blocking. Still needs to work on bulking up and getting stronger.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Fisher arrived at Central Michigan as a 250-pound tight end. Like Joe Staley before him he transitioned to the left tackle position and added 56-pounds. This is a tall, agile and athletically gifted prototype left tackle with still lots of room to grow and develop.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Jones shocked many and signed with the Trojans. After sustaining a stinger during his freshman season it was discovered he had spinal stenosis. Jones left USC because their team doctors would not clear him to play. But they did at UGA, where Jones starred in the SEC. Over last two seasons he racked up 44 tackles for a loss and 28 sacks. Will his medical issue scare away teams at the top of the draft? Just remember what happened with Clemson's DaQuan Bowers.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Floyd was the nation's top rated DT coming out of high school. Mainly played defensive end his first two years in Gainesville before moving inside this past season. Floyd gets off the ball in a hurry and is very athletic for his size. He's strong and uses his hands well. Floyd would be much further along with three years at the d-tackle position. But he has also shown he can play the 5-technique in a 3-4 scheme.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Warmack is a powerful and punishing offensive guard at the point of attack. He helped pave the way for the Alabama rushing attack the past three seasons. Warmack has a great lower body, strong punch and good feet. Warwack is nasty and tenacious and considered one of the top offensive guard prospects of late. Believe it or not Warmack as a longer reach then Joeckel and Fisher.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Jordan signed with the Ducks to be a hybrid TE/WR but was moved to defense. He made an easy transition and starred at OLB/DE showing super versatility and even covering receivers in the slot and tight ends. Jordan sustained a torn labrum and had surgery last week. It's expected that he should be ready for training camp if there are no additional issues with the injury. Jordan's is a super athlete with a great first step and speed off the edge. His upside is sky high.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Milliner had 22 passes defended this past season and comes into this draft at the top corner prospect. He participated at NFL Combine with a torn labrum. This is a player with a good combo of size/speed and he certainly answered any question he had regarding his speed at the NFL Combine with a great forty. Milliner can flips his hips and run/change directions very well. He finished with six career interceptions and 38 passes defended in three years as a starter at Alabama.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Ansah came to BYU from Ghana, Africa. He tried out twice for the Cougar basketball and was cut each occassion. So he went out for football. Ansah started out on the special teams before becoming a starting defensive end this past season. Ansah was also a walk on with the BYU track team. He has had a meteoric rise up the draft charts. Like Jordan, his upside is immense.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Johnson started 23 times at right tackle and then left tackle for the Sooners after coming over from Kilgore College, where he first played quarterback then tight end. He came to OU as a defensive end before moving over to offensive tackle. Johnson had a very good week at the Senior Bowl and blew everyway away at the NFL Combine, running a 4.72 forty.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Mingo is a freaky good athlete that didn't start playing football until his junior high school season. He has a long frame with a ton of room to bulk up. Mingo was 2nd team All-SEC as a sophomore despite only starting three games. He has a very good first step and speed off the edge. Mingo looks like a 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL. At this time his measurables out pace his prior production as a player but you can't ignore his enormous pro potential.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Lotulelei's (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay) signed with BYU as a defensive end but failed to qualify because of academics. He starred as a freshman at Snow College but gave up on football after blowing up to 350-pounds and losing passion for the game. But he then missed the sport and made his way to Utah. Lotulelei lived up to his first name the past two seasons for the Utes. It was discovered that he had a heart condition at the NFL Combine. His draft status is unknown until doctors can get a handle as to what exactly is wrong. If all is okay he will find his way back in the top five.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Werner was an exchange student from Germany that attended Salisbury School in Ct. He picked the Seminoles over the Ducks. Werner was a main contributor for three years at FSU, starting the last two. This past season was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after recording 13 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss. Werner gets off the ball very well and plays with a great motor. He may be the safest selection of all the defensive ends.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Patterson was an elite receiver out of high school but had to first attend Hutchinson C.C. because of poor academics. There he was a JUCO All-American who ran a 10.33 100 meters. Patterson signed with Tennessee and made a huge impact for the Vols offense and special teams. At his size ran a 4.42 forty and vertical jumped 37", broad jumped 10'8" at NFL Combine. This is an explosive athlete at the wide receiver position but he's still has a lot to learn about playing the position.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Cooper is a very athletic offensive guard prospect with a great lower body. He's also strong up top. At NFL Combine he put up 33 reps on the bench press. Cooper played virtually all four years in Chapel Hill but did battle some injuries. He is a very good blocker on the move. He can play either guard position as well as center so his versatility adds to his value.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Smith played all four seasons in Morgantown and this past year passed for over 4,200 yards, 42 touchdowns and six interceptions. Smith possesses a good arm and can make all the NFL throws. While he's not RG3 or Michael Vick, Smith has good speed and athletic ability. This kid is a solid leader who doesn't lack confidence. Smith's pro day at West Virginia is on March 14th and he could vault up the first round with the big showing.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Richardson signed with Missouri but had to attend JUCO because of academics and played two years at College of the Sequoias. He resigned with the Tigers in 2011. Richardson had a good final season at Mizzou with 75 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He has a good first step and athleticism on the inside. If Richardson ever learns to play every down with great effort he has the potential to be an inside force on Sundays.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Rhodes came to FSU as a receiver but quickly moved over to the defensive side of the ball. He's a big and physical cornerback who started for three seasons in Tallahassee. Rhodes excels in press coverage but needs to work on his zone play. He showed the NFL that he can run with the forty times he posted in Indy at the Combine. The Seahawks have shown the rest of the league that big corners can be a force in the NFL. Rhodes's stock should continue to climb.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Barkley had a big junior season one year ago and would have likely been the third quarterback taken in last year's draft. But he elected to stay for senior campaign and had a rough fall. Barkley suffered a shoulder injury and just recently began to throw. With a good pro day later this month he will push himself well into first round of draft and perhaps be the first quarterback taken. Up to as many as seven teams are looking for signal callers and Barkley is a guy with four-years of college experience playing in a pro-system and he has a great pedigree.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Fluker is a massive right offensive tackle. He was a starter in Tuscaloosa the past two seasons. Fluker is a powerful OL with massive 10.5"hands and 36 3/4" arms. He's very adept at sealing off and collasping the edge in run game. Despite his size can bend and move and get to the second level. Fluker does need to continue to work on his pass pro skills. Look for teams to start evaluating him as a left tackle. Fluker could continue to climb up the rankings.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Vaccaro shined in Austin, capping his career with 92 tackles and two picks this past season. This safety is a good athlete who displays very good cover skills and is very good in the run support game and playing in the box. His aggression sometimes leads to overrunning a play and missing some tackles in space.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Ertz had a monster season for the Cardinal, catching 66 passes for 837 yards and six scores. This is a physical tight end that is deceptively athletic. Ertz blocks well in-line and continues to get better in this part of his game. As a receiver Ertz has good but not great speed. But Ertz has soft hands and is a nice route runner. He and Tyler Eifert are basically 1a and 1b in this draft.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Ogletree could slide in the draft because of his off the field issues. He was suspended in Athens for four games this past season and recently had a DUI. Ogletree is a dynamic athlete that used to play safety before converting to middle linebacker. He has terrific speed and still has plenty of room to add weight. This is a kid that can make a ton of plays in the open field. It seems as though his stock is on the decline and it's not because of his ability as a player.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Austin is an electric player with the ball in his hands. He came into Morgantown as a running back but made the switch to slot receiver. He's also a dynamic return man. Against the Sooners in '12 Austin compiled a school record with 572 all-purpose yards. Austin ran 4.34 forty at NFL Combine. More teams in the league are using a slot receiver in base personnel. Given that fact and his kick return abilities makes him even more valuable. Austin is the most explosive player in the draft.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Trufant earned All-Pac 12 honors this past season after recording one pick and eight pass breakups. He played virtually all four years for the Huskies, He has good size and runs well. Trufant is also good in run support. He ran sub-4.4 forty at the NFL Combine and cranked up a great short shuttle of 3.85. With a premium at this position he will most likely work his way into the first round of the draft.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Jones saw immediate playing time at UCLA as a true freshman. He missed the 2010 season with a fractured right foot. Jones played both inside at tackle and outside at end for the Bruins. He has a good frame, long arms, and gets off the ball quickly. Jones has the versatility to play in a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme. His value at a premium position continues to rise.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Eifert had a team high 50 receptions for 685 yards and four touchdowns for the Fighting Irish. He won the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end. Eifert has great hands and is terrific in the air. He uses his body well. Eifert continues to develop his run blocking skills. In today's pass happy NFL Eifert should excel and fit right in with a team in need of a pass catching tight end.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: In his three years in College Station Moore racked up 26 sacks and 45 tackles for a loss playing in both the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. Moore has a very good get off and speed on the edge. Can he follow in the footsteps of former A&M star Vonn Miller? His scheme versatility should help his draft stock but he did not test well at all at NFL Combine and teams have questioned why he was not prepared to perform in Indy. Moore needs a bounce back at the Texas A&M pro day on March 8th.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Watson is the feel good story of this draft. From Manchester, England and growing up in a tough environment, he escaped the streets and found his love in sports. He went from soccer, to boxing, and then to basketball, earning a scholarship to Marist College in the States. Watson next wanted to try football and Saddleback College in Calif. gave him a shot. From there he earned a scholarship to FSU and now he's on the brink of being one of the first OTs taken in the Draft. It's an amazing story. This is a raw tackle with super ability.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Williams only played one year of high school football. He walked on at Coffeyville C.C. and then earned a scholarship to North Carolina. He is quick for his size and tough against the run. This is a guy that could be a good anchor in the middle in a 3-4 scheme or be a three-technique in a 4-3. Coaches that have been around him say that he's an even better teammate and person off the field and has incredible character and work ethic.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: On Saturday of the NFL Combine Te'o met with the media for the first time, answering all questions regarding the girlfriend hoax. He couldn't have handled the press conference any better, showing humility and maturity in talking about the controversy. As a player, Te'o has great leadership, plays with outstanding instincts and a terrific motor. He capped off senior season with 100+ tackles and seven INTs. But Te'o was smaller weight wise than scouts thought and didn't exactly run and test as well as everyone thought he would.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Allen was the top safety recruit in high school but selected Cal over Alabama because they wanted him as a receiver. He is deceptively fast because of his long strides. Allen can go get the ball in the air. He set a school record with 205 receptions, is third with 2,570 receiving yards and seventh with 17 touchdown catches. He also excels as a punt returner. Allen is pushing Patterson for the top receiver selection. He missed the NFL Combine last week because of a sprained knee ligament so you could see his stock rise or fall after his pro day.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Lacy patiently waited his turn behind Mark Ingram and then Trent Richardson. He had a terrific junior campaign where he finally became the starter, leading the Crimson Tide in rushing with 1,322 yards rushing and 17 scores. This is a powerful back with deceptive quickness in the open field. Lacy could possibly be the third consecutive Alabama running back taken in the first round.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Wreh-Wilson missed most of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He bounced back as a fifth year senior to earn team MVP honors. Wreh-Wilson didn't start playing football until his last year in high school. This is a big corner with long arms, good speed and skills. He had a terrific showing at the Senior Bowl.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Woods is one of the more polished receivers in this draft. He was a three and out guy at USC after being the top rated WR in the nation. Woods had a magnificent sophomore season with 111 receptions. He has good speed and hands and has the potential to be a No. 1 WR but more likely a No. 2 in the NFL. He's not blessed with great NFL size but don't let that fool you. Woods has shown that he can be a monster at this position.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Elam went three and out in Gainesville. This is a very instinctive safety that is always around the ball and making big plays. Elam is tough against the run and stout in coverage and at this best playing in the box. While Elam lacks the ideal size to play the safety position he makes up for it with his outstanding play making abilities. Elam showed during his high school and college that he's just an overall super football player.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Hunter has rebounded nicely from a 2011 ACL injury sustained early that season versus Florida. He has elite size, runs well and can jump through the gym. Hunter was a track standout in the high jump. With his size and athleticism Hunter could turn himself into a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. Hunter tested well in Indianapolis and his stock continues to go up and up.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Minter racked up huge numbers this past season, recording 130 tackles and 15 tackles for a loss at LSU. He's a middle linebacker very adept at sifting through the traffic, disengaging blockers and finding the ball. He can play inside-out and takes good angles but best in the box when things come right at him. Minter still needs to work on drops in coverage and his play against the pass.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Lemonier was first team All-SEC as a sophomore when he recorded 13.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks. He will likely be asked to switch from defensive end to rush outside linebacker in the NFL. Lemonier has very good speed, is long and has already added weight this off-season to bulk up. He's now 255-pounds.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Cyprien had a very eye opening performance all week in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl. This is a big striker that can line up in the box and also play the pass in coverage. He also plays with very good range. Don't let him being from a mid-major like Florida International fool you. This kid can play and play both safety positions.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: For many months during his recruitment Brown was considered the top prospect in the nation in his class. Brown originally signed with Miami before transferring to Kansas State. He red-shirted his first season in Manhattan and then played two terrific years for the Wildcats. Brown is one of the fastest/quickest 'backers in this draft. He can play inside or out. He's the older brother of Eagles running back Bryce Brown.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Banks came to Starkville as a safety but made the switch to cornerback during his sophomore season. His best year was in 2011, where Banks had five interceptions, three sacks and forced three fumbles. He possesses outstanding size for the position, is tough in the air and excels in run support. The Mississippi State pro day is March 6th. With a better showing, particularly in the forty he could very likely work his way into the first round. Big corners that can run and really play the position are just too hard to find.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Over his final two seasons in Raleigh, Glennon threw for over 7,000 yards, 62 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. Glennon has a big arm and throws an exceptional deep ball. This is huge signal caller that lacks mobility and below average foot quickness. Still, there are plenty of elite quarterbacks that come to mind that are strictly pocket passers in the NFL. Certainly Glennon can one day become one of those guys.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Okafor finished the last two seasons with 29 tackles for a loss and 19.5 sacks. He had a good week in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl and had some impressive reps against Cenral Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. He may not be elite at this point in any one phase of his play but Okafor is solid against the run and as a pass rusher.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Hunt tore up the NFL combine, running a 4.6 forty, had 38 reps on the bench pressed, 34.5" vertical jump and a broad jump of 10'1". Hunt, from Estonia, is a former shot put and discus winner in the 2006 Junior Track and Field Championships. Hunt went to work with the SMU track coach in 2007. There, he was convinced to go out for football. Hunt blocked an NCAA record nine field goals over his career. You can't ignore his measurables and his 6-foot-8, 270-pound frame. It's just that right now his production and play as a defensive lineman don't match up.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Jones is a versatile talent who played all five positions on Alabama's offensive front. He capped off his career with the Crimson Tide as their starting center this past season. Jones has a good base and footwork. He's smart and a likely guard or center in the NFL. Because he can play multiple positions on the offensive front adds to his value. Jones is at his best at guard or center.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Buchanan came into his final season for the Illini vastly underweight due to his jaw being wired shut prior to the season. He had a super 2011 year, recording 64 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, and 7.5 sacks. This is a long defensive end with decent speed on the edge. Buchanan has his moments at the Senior Bowl.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Short showed his versatility for the Boilermakers, playing different interior line positions. He almost declared for draft after last year but stayed. Good move on Short's part because he had a nice 2012 season and his stock is higher today than one year ago. Short's versatile and can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3. Short is smart, strong and has a good first step.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Reid is yet another All-American from the LSU secondary. This is an athletic safety that finished his career with six interceptions. Reid can also come up and thump you in run support. He has the ability to play both safety positions and looks like he has a very good future on Sundays.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Nicknamed Nuke, Hopkins set school records with 82 receptions, 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. He also had a touchdown reception in 10 consecutive games. Hopkins always played second fiddle to Tiger star Sammy Watkins. This is a good route runner with terrific hands that can go get the football. He's also a terrific athlete that was a three-time all-state basketball player and even played a year for the Clemson basketball team.
Jamie Newberg's Notes: Bell was a thoroughbred this past year, carrying the ball 382 times for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's a powerful back with the footwork of a smaller runner. Bell runs a tad high and lacks elite speed. He has good balance and vision. He proved while a Spartan to be a go-to who can carry a run game. Bell can be a steal for one NFL team.
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