Feb. 24, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Running back Le'Veon Bell delivered a solid workout on Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Lucas Oil Stadium, producing top 10 times among running backs in both the three-cone drill and also the 20-yard shuttle.
Bell was the second Spartan to test for the on-field workouts at the NFL Combine. Defensive lineman William Gholston will test on Monday, and cornerback Johnny Adams is set for Tuesday. Tight end Dion Sims tested on Saturday.
Bell's top event was the three-cone drill, as he took third with a time of 6.75, ahead of several other notable running backs, including Kenjon Barner of Oregon, Michael Ford of LSU and Montee Ball of Wisconsin. Bell posted a time of 4.24 in the 20-yard shuttle, which ranked 10th.
Bell was also a top performer in the bench press, tying for ninth with 24 reps of 225 pounds.
Most of the talk at the combine surrounding Bell, the third-leading rusher in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012, involved his time in the 40-yard dash. Bell ran a 4.60 in the event on Sunday, tying for 15th out of 33 running backs.
The Columbus, Ohio, native recorded a broad jump of 118.0 inches and a vertical jump of 31.5 inches. He did not participate in the 60-yard shuttle.
Bell's workout did not go unnoticed.
He was rated the No. 4 player who stood out during Sunday's workouts by NationalFootballPost.com. In addition, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay was also impressed.
"I thought Bell had probably I would say in the top three (among running backs) in terms of all-around workouts when you combine the fact that he's 230 pounds and 6-foot-1," said McShay. "He ran a 4.60 officially (in the 40), some guys I talked to had him in their timing in the low-to-mid 4.5's. The 4.60, that's good - at 230, you check that off.
"The vertical jump was good, the broad jump was good, he caught the ball very well too, and that's something you see on tape, so that just confirmed that even though he's a guy who's bigger and a physical back, that you can flex him out in the slot and he's comfortable doing what a lot of guys that are usually at 200, 205 pounds are able to do. I think he's moving up. The more tape I study of Le'Veon Bell, the more I really believe that he belongs in day two, and maybe even round two.
"I think it helps a lot," McShay added when talking about Bell's background of playing in a pro-style offense. "You can't have enough versatility in the league right now. The passing game is so important, so as a big back that can protect, and a big back that can move around and do different things and create mismatches, it certainly will help. I think that's a big part actually of what he brings in terms of value at the next level."
For a complete look at all of the day's testing, visit NFL.com/Combine.
GHOLSTON, ADAMS UP NEXT: MSUSpartans.com had a chance to visit with Johnny Adams and William Gholston on Sunday in Indianapolis. Watch the complete exclusive one-on-one interviews in the Michigan State All-Access video player.
Gholston talked about his relationship with MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, what he's been working on in preparation for the NFL Combine, and what it's like to play defense at Michigan State under Dantonio and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
"I've been dreaming about this since I was like 4 or 5," said a smiling Gholston from the concourse at Lucas Oil Stadium. "When I got here, I was so excited getting off the plane. I woke up the day before with butterflies in my stomach saying `oh man, it's finally here. I get to do it.' I'm just glad I have the opportunity - I love this, being able to talk with the teams from the NFL and the coaches."
Adams, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection who was unable to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU in late December and also the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., in January due to a toe injury, talked about his health entering Tuesday's workout, how he thinks MSU has prepared for him the transition to the NFL, and what the mindset is playing defense at Michigan State.
"I'm going into the combine almost 100 percent," said Adams. "I feel pretty confident about my workouts and my rehab.
"I think (playing at MSU) will help me tremendously. Putting me into situations that I've already been in, I won't have to feel uncomfortable out there on the field."
WHAT'S NEXT: Live coverage of on-field workouts continues Monday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. with the linebackers and defensive linemen. The combine will conclude with the defensive backs on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 9 a.m. on the NFL Network and NFL.com.
ABOUT THE NFL COMBINE: The NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) is organized and operated by National Football Scouting, Inc. NFL Network and NFL.com will provide more than 60 hours of live coverage from Lucas Oil Stadium. More than 600 NFL personnel, including head coaches, general managers, scouts and medical staff representing all 32 teams, will attend the Scouting Combine and evaluate more than 330 of the nation's top college players eligible for the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft through on-field drills, physical testing, psychological exams, as well as formal and informal interviews.