Vonn Bell, Ohio State Safety
Vonn Bell was a key member on Ohio State’s National Championship team in 2014. Listed as a safety, he lined up as single high nickel type corner, playing mostly man coverage. This hybrid role allowed Bell to be a playmaker on a defense that was stacked with elite talent.
Bell led the Big Ten in interceptions that season, posting 6 while recording 6 pass breakups. His biggest pick came in the 4th quarter of the National Semifinal against Alabama. Bell finished 2014 2nd on the Buckeyes with 92 tackles. He was named honorable mention Big Ten.
In 2015, Bell recorded 65 tackles, 2 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, showing off his playmaking ability. He scored 2 defensive touchdowns this past season, a fumble return and an interception return. Even with his stats down, Bell earned first team All-Big Ten, was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe award and was named All-American.
The Steelers secondary has struggled in man coverage over the past few season. Bell’s coverage skills would benefit the defense greatly. Let’s hope he is still there when the Steelers pick in Round 2.
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