Vonn Bell – SS
The Buckeyes safety has quietly been one of the most consistent players on a defense which boasted talents like prospective lottery pick Joey Bosa, and fellow defensive back Eli Apple.
As a projected 2nd round pick, Bell was unable to compete at the combine, and was undoubtedly eager to show the scouts and coaches in attendance what he was capable of doing.
What those scouts saw was smooth movements with quick feet and good hands. Bell is one of the more versatile players coming out of Ohio State this season and has the ability to secure the top coverage for a defense, support the run, and drop down to man up on a receiver. His skill set is ideal for the NFL, and he won’t last through the second round.
His pro day performance did nothing but confirm and add to what we see on tape for Bell, and it’s his consistency which should make Tampa a possible destination for him.
In fact, at the pro day, Ohio State head coach called Vonn, “No risk”, when referring to him being drafted by an NFL franchise.
The Bucs have made strides on defense with signings on the line and at the cornerback position. Re-signing Keith Tandy is a good move, but in no way guarantees success in the future.
Drafting Bell in the second round would give new defensive coordinator, Mike Smith, a play-maker who can be used in a multitude of ways. Providing deep coverage against some of the NFC South’s most dynamic receivers will be difficult, but Bell has been rising to the challenge his entire career.
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