I have no idea what’s going to happen with DeVante Parker. Grier said that he has listened to some calls on teams that are interested in Parker. Who knows if that’s true or not? It’s a good way to drive up the price for a guy who would probably fetch no more than a 4th round pick. My guess is that he is getting calls about Parker. Just a feeling.
What once was a weakness for the Dolphins is now a strength. Miami traded for Tyreek Hill, signed Cedrick Wilson, resigned Preston Williams, and has Lynn Bowden coming back from his year-long injury that probably wasn’t a year-long injury which also wasn’t his call to be out all year. Oh, and the record holder for most catches in a season for a rookie, Jaylen Waddle, is there as well.
With that all being said, it’s never a bad thing to keep reloading with guys that gain yards and who can put the ball in the endzone. Sort of a big deal in football. And with the draft as deep as it is at receiver, a player the caliber of David Bell would be a fantastic selection at the back end of the 3rd round.
David Bell played his college ball at Purdue. In three years, Bell had 2,946 yards on 93 catches with 21 TDs. Keep in mind that 2020 was a shortened season so his stats were lower. Purdue isn’t really an offensive juggernaut but Bell stood out as a guy that they needed to get the ball in his hands and the defense knew that. Bell still produced even when everyone knew the ball was going his way. That matters to me.
At 6’2 205 205LBs, Bell has the size to rome the middle of the field and has a knack for fighting for the ball in traffic and coming down with it. Bell can also be lined up outside the numbers and do well out there. That’s sort of why I like him. He, potentially, could be a possible DeVante Parker replacement in a year when I definitely think Parker will be gone.
A red flag that popped up was that Bell ran a 4.65 in the 40 at the NFL combine. That’s not great for a wide receiver. My counter to that is that if you watch any of his tape or highlights you will see a player that scoots.
I watched this guy play against some of the best Big 10 teams quite often and he typically always delivered. I watched him against Ohio St. this past year. Ohio St. couldn’t be stopped offensively but David Bell had a very nice game.
A player compy that I have for him, and I fully understand this is going to annoy some people, is Jarvis Landry. No, I’m not saying that Bell is as good as Landry. Bell plays with a physicality that almost seems like he seeks out contact. I love that in a receiver. I also think, even with that slower 40 time, that Bell has shiftiness to him that is mesmerizing. That was one thing I was enamored about with Landry, his ability to fake people out of their shoes while doing it slowly. It was like staring at one of those Magic Eyes visuals. I think Bell has a little of that in him and I want it on Miami.
Ultimately, I like what I saw from Bell when I watched him and the fact that he did it at Purdue makes him shine a bit more to me. I also just have a gut feeling about him which makes up a big part of my draft formula. You have to trust the formula.