Michigan State Star Le'Veon Bell Will Declare for NFL Draft

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2013

Le’Veon Bell is taking his talents to the 2013 NFL draft.

According to Diamond Leung of MLive.com, the Michigan State running back has informed his coach of the decision and the junior will be eligible to be selected this coming April.

"He's all in," mentor Donis Toler Jr. said Friday. "I talked to Coach D [Mark Dantonio] last night, and it's tough. Obviously, there are pros and cons, but a young man had to make a choice that's best for him and his family, so that's the most important thing.

Bell has hired an agent and is expected to fall anywhere from the late-second to mid-third round when he finally comes off the board on draft day, but plenty could change in the nearly four months leading up to the event.

The Spartans superstar finishes his three-year collegiate career with 671 rushing attempts for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. He was also an asset in the passing game, hauling in 78 receptions for 531 yards and a score.

At 6’2”, 244 pounds, Bell is an absolute bruiser of a back, but also possesses some finesse and agility. His career average of 5.0 yards per carry is a testament to that ability, and few tailbacks project to go higher in the 2013 draft.

B/R’s own Matt Miller only has Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina, Gio Bernard of North Carolina and Alabama’s Eddie Lacy higher on his big board, and there’s a strong chance Bell sneaks ahead of at least one of those players.

Due to his immense size and high upside, Bell has a ton to gain by putting together a great performance at his pro day and at the NFL draft combine in late February.

Don’t sleep on this kid becoming an early draft pick and making a name for himself at the next level.


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