2015 NFL Draft: Late Round Hidden Gems Bengals Could Select

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This year’s crop of tight ends means Blake Bell will likely fall into the later rounds of the NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

TE Blake Bell

Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell is a raw prospect.  He was a short-yardage specialist for the Sooners as a quarterback, but has transitioned to tight end.

Bell offers great size (6’6″, 260 pounds) and has solid hands.  He also is a very capable blocker as one can see when watching video of him.  He will remind many fans of Ryan Hewitt as he lined up as an H-back often for the Sooners offering solid lead blocking.

The downside to Bell, other than his need for coaching, is his lack of athleticism.  He could turn out to be a very technically sound player who can do what is asked of him, but won’t ever gain separation from defenders with athletic ability.

Because the Bengals currently possess some capable tight ends, they would have the necessary time to develop a raw player like Blake Bell.  NFL.com compares him to Joel Dreessen, but I believe his ceiling could be much higher if he fulfills his promise; maybe, finishing as a player similar to that of Heath Miller. Bell could be a promising player for the Bengals who are in need of a solid blocking tight end who offers versatility.

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