Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell Improves Draft Stock at NFL Combine

By Connor Muldowney
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State‘s Le’Veon Bell is surprised about the draft projections for himself at running back. He knows what kind of player he is and the skills he brings to the table coupled with his illustrious career at Michigan State should place him higher on NFL draft boards. He said:

“I’m really surprised that I’m projected so late considering the production I have had and all the things that I can do and bring to the table. When I hear the projections, I really am surprised by it, but I’m just going to keep trying to continue to work and get better and really show people what I’m able to do.”

The junior running back was the Spartans’ leading rusher for the past two seasons and has played his entire career trying to prove people wrong.

It’s almost unreal that this guy was a two-star recruit just three years ago and not many people gave him a chance to compete at the collegiate level. What did he do once he stepped foot in East Lansing? Oh, he just rushed for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns, including a 1,793 yard season in 2012.

He led the Big Ten in rushing in 2012 and looked to be a top draft prospect– at least that’s what he thought.

What better place to prove himself than the NFL Scouting Combine. He said his goal was to prove doubters wrong with a strong combine performance and he did just that.

Before the combine, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock projected Bell as a fourth-round pick due to a lack of speed. A strong combine performance including a 4.6-second 40-yard dash later, NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks named Bell the most complete back in the class ahead of Alabama‘s Eddie Lacy.

Bell may now be a second or third round draft pick and future starter in the league. Not bad for a former two-star recruit.

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