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Browns Make a Deal With Dallas; Move Up to Take ILB Bell


It took them awhile, but Phil Savage must have gotten tired of waiting, as the Browns moved up in round four and finally made a pick in the 2008 Draft, taking UNLV inside linebacker Beau Bell.  Bell is a player the Browns had been looking at, so taking him was not a shock.  The team made a deal with Dallas (their 4th in two years) to move up to take Bell.  He is somewhat known as a player that can’t stay healthy, so his durability is going to be key.  Here below is Scouts Inc. take on Bell:

Strengths: Reads keys, locates the ball carrier quickly and rarely gets caught out of position. Aggressive, has good initial quickness and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. Tough, shows a strong punch, uses hands well and can shed blocks quickly. Works from whistle to snap, takes sound angles to the ball and makes big plays in pursuit. Shows good awareness and reads quarterback’s eyes when asked to drop into zone coverage. Showed improved ball skills during senior season and can make the occasional big play in coverage. Uses an effective swim move to get past blockers quickly, shows good closing speed and is a relentless pass rusher. Protects legs and can get over cut blocks. Wraps up upon contact and is a reliable open field tackler that flashes the ability to knock the ball loose.

Weaknesses: Occasionally allows blockers to get under pads, hasn’t shown elite lower body strength and can get driven back when teams run right at him. Fast enough to run with most tight ends or backs but appears stiff in coverage, takes too long to open hips and is vulnerable to getting beat deep when put on an island. Slowed by a groin injury in 2005, missed four games with a sprained ankle in 2006 and sustained a knee injury during Senior Bowl practice so durability is a concern.

Overall: Bell appeared in 29 games in his first three seasons at UNLV (2004-’06), registering 194 tackles (17.5 for losses) and 7.5 sacks. As a senior, Bell started all 12 games at weak-side linebacker and finished the season with 126 tackles (9.5 for losses), three sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass breakups and four interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown). He was hindered by a groin injury early in the 2005 season and missed five games in 2006 because of an ankle sprain. Bell’s lack of prototypical athletic ability and problems staying healthy can’t be ignored. However, he’s an instinctive run defender who tackles reliably, can get to the quarterback when asked to blitz and can hold his own in zone coverage so he projects as a fourth round pick.

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One Response to “Browns Make a Deal With Dallas; Move Up to Take ILB Bell”

  1. Dan Taylor says:

    I really like this move. I think Bell is a tough addition. I can see him being a big help. The trade with Dallas for their #111 pick I do not like. We gave up our 3rd round pick (2009) to the Cowboys and took Martin Rucker, TE from Missouri. We already have 4 TE’s listed on the roster. In my opinion, not a good move.

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