2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Mike Bell
School: Fresno State
Weight; 206 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 3
In Fresno State’s defense, Bell occupied the box and the high safety spot. Under those circumstances, his ability to stick with wideouts or drive towards the play is clear. Granted, Bell is not a burner, but he does possess good deep speed and does not look out of place while covering large areas of the field.
As mentioned, Bell operated in various roles. At the next level, this will serve him well and help him eventually gain a starting spot. When in the deep middle, Bell scans the field and uses the proper angles to make the play in front of him. If you watch closely, we will open his hips in anticipation of the pass direction. Reading the quarterback and the route helps him accurately make any needed adjustments.
Despite an angular frame, Bell uses a fluid backpedal and hip flip in the slot to stay with receiver. Additionally, he will slide under a block and make the play in the running game or play side screen.
With proper NFL coaching, Bell’s playmaking will only increase. Right now, despite four interceptions, there is only a strong instinctive aspect to this trait. Yet, with long arms, good burst and vision, he will improve rapidly. While he did snare four picks, you are left with the feeling that a few more could have fallen his way. Quality drills and reaps will see these numbers increase. The talent exists .
Blessed with a long reach, Bell has the range to make the stop, especially in space. Regardless of the shiftiness of the receiver, he stays in prime position to wrap up. Unlike others, Bell does not ascribe to the swarm tackling method. He will make the tackle alone.
If the Raiders stick with Karl Joseph manning one spot, Bell provides the perfect sidekick. With range and the ability to make plays, it affords Joseph the ability to roam. In addition, Bell’s size makes him a prime target. On a lighter note, Oakland does have a good history with Fresno State football players that wore the number four. Can history repeat?