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Player Profile: David Bell

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 205 lbs

School: Purdue

NFL Comparison: Chris Godwin

Why you’re drafting him…

Bell is THE most underrated wide receiver in the 2022 draft class. He has been consistently awesome throughout his college career and is getting no respect. In 29 collegiate games, Bell has caught 232 balls for 2,946 yards and 21 touchdowns… Yes, he averaged over 100 yards per game over the course of 29 games. Bell is a very smooth route-runner (with a massive route tree) that gains great separation and has an impeccable eye for the ball. The adjustments that he makes right before the catch is honestly beautiful to watch. He was peppered with targets over the three years he spent with Purdue which shows that he’s more than comfortable with being the focal point of an offense. With his size, sure-hands and route-running ability there is absolutely no reason to think that he can’t potentially be the best receiver to come out of the 2022 class.

Needs to improve…

He’s going to need to shut up the haters. This isn’t something he can improve on, but is something I need to call out. Many fear that his usage in college won’t translate to the NFL, but I really do think he’s a good enough player that he’ll be able to prove his worth very early in his career. For something that he actually can improve on, I’d love to see work on his run after the catch. He’s not one of those guys that is “a big play waiting to happen” but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad player. However, lacking the ability to make that homerun play may limit his touchdown upside… but I think he’ll make up for it in yards.

Prediction for 2022 NFL Draft…

I would love to see Bell go on day one (and he might) but the hype just hasn’t picked up around him yet. There is a loose possibility that he could be selected to the Chiefs or the Packers at the tail-end of round one, but I’d say that going early on day two would be the more likely outcome. 

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

Some people may say I’m crazy for this, but Bell deserves to be, at worst, a top-7 pick in 1QB drafts. This won’t sound so crazy if he lands with the Chiefs, but it will take a stellar landing spot like that for Bell to get the hype that he deserves. If he lands in a less favorable spot, like Detroit or New York, he could end up slipping and becoming one of the best “steals” of your rookie draft in the late 1st or early 2nd round.

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