2013 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Targeting RB Le'Veon Bell?

By Andrew Fisher
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

You never know who the Dallas Cowboys might target in the NFL Draft. You never know if Jerry Jones has his sights set on a player, or if he might want to trade up like last year. While there are some rumblings of that this season, the odds are that the Cowboys will stay put at No. 17. Most project they will target a defensive lineman or a safety, and likely leave any upgrading to the skill positions, for later in the draft.

The Cowboys don’t need any receivers, but they are down a running back after letting Felix Jones walk in free agency. It’s pretty clear that DeMarco Murray is the man in the Dallas backfield, but he’s yet to prove he can stay healthy. These couple of factors are leading many to believe the Cowboys will select a running back at some point in this year’s draft.

One such player that could be on his way to Big-D is RB Le’Veon Bell.

The former Michigan State Spartan recently made a two-day visit to Dallas and met with team personnel, including Jones. He was impressed with his visit, and made the following comment on his experience:

“The running backs coach was very impressed. He loved the way I can catch the ball. He loves the way I move, especially being a bigger guy. He loves the way I can get in and out of my cuts. I did my thing at Pro Day and in my individual workouts with the Cowboys, and I’m going to continue to impress.”

I think the key here, is that Bell is a bigger back, something the Cowboys could use. Bell could very much provide some thunder to Murray’s lightning, as he weighs in north of 230 pounds.

The Cowboys are one of only two teams to bring in Bell for a visit, so it’s pretty clear they’re seriously interested. Bell figures to go in the second or third round, and Dallas holds a pick in each one. Whether he’ll still be available at the No. 80 spot, is unclear, but I wouldn’t count on it. Is the No. 47 spot too much of a reach for Dallas in round two? We’ll find out soon, but I think there’s a very good chance Bell finds his way to Big-D next season.


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