Running back Le'Veon Bell was the first Spartan selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, as the Columbus, Ohio, native was selected in the second round (No. 48 overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bell led the Big Ten and ranked third in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing at 137.9 yards per game in 2012. He becomes the third Spartan running back to be drafted in Mark Dantonio's first six seasons as head coach, joining Javon Ringer (2009: Tennessee Titans - fifth round) and Edwin Baker (2012: San Diego Chargers - seventh round).
Bell becomes the highest-drafted offensive player from Michigan State since wide receiver Devin Thomas was selected in the second round (No. 34 overall) by the Washington Redskins in 2008. Michigan State has had at least one player chosen every year since the inception of the common NFL Draft in 1967.
A first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) and Doak Walker Award semifinalist, Bell rushed 382 times for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 1,793 rushing yards ranked fifth in the NCAA FBS and marked the second-highest single-season total in MSU history.
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