When the Pittsburgh Steelers made Le’Veon Bell their second-round pick, there were several other backs still on the board who were more highly rated and viewed as better prospects. As it turns out, Bellwas the Steelers’ top-rated running back in the draft, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. When he looked at tape of some of Bell’s toughest games, he came away very impressed with what he saw:
The games where the back isn’t necessarily getting those big holes, so you can see what he’s really capable of doing on his own. Because, as we know, in the NFL the holes are a lot smaller. This is a big guy that can play like a big back, and yet also can get outside some and catch the ball.
Many questioned the Cleveland Browns’ draft strategy last year when they drafted former Baylor receiver Josh Gordan in the second-round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, but Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. liked the moved, and recently said he would have projected Gordon to be a late first or early second-round pick in this year’s draft:
I don’t see him getting past 41 where Buffalo took Southern Cal wide receiver Robert Woods, so I think he would have been a top-five wide receiver in last year’s class. It’s just tough to find that kind of size, speed and athletic ability.