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Blake Bell NFL Draft 2015: Scouting Report, Grade for 49ers Round 4 Pick

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STRENGTHS

A former starting quarterback at Oklahoma, Blake Bell earns respect for making a selfless move to tight end before his senior season. Bell has natural footwork and is a top-tier athlete at tight end. He’s a power player with good body control and leg drive to get into his routes and pick up yards post-catch. He played some in-line tight end, showed a willingness to block in the run game and is athletic enough to play some fullback or H-back, depending on the system. Bell showed sure hands and a determined development throughout the season at tight end. He committed to the position and improved steadily.

WEAKNESSES

Bell is the most raw of all the tight ends in this class. The Oklahoma offense protected him as a route-runner, and he needs time to familiarize himself with a full route tree. He doesn’t flash great breakaway speed and may need to lose some weight if asked to be a move tight end so that he can gain quickness. Bell is not ready to be an in-line NFL blocker and needs to be coached up on angles, leverage and hand placement.

PRO COMPARISON: Troy Niklas, Arizona Cardinals

An athlete with a big frame and soft hands, Bell is an even comparison to Troy Niklas in terms of style and upside.

2014 STATISTICS

Receptions: 16
Receiving Yards: 214
Touchdowns: 4


FINAL GRADE: 5.45/9.00 (Quality Backup)

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