Safety Vonn Bell Made A Pre-Draft Visit To The Bills
Safety Vonn Bell made a pre-draft visit to the Bills which was confirmed by the below tweet from Sirius XM NFL’s twitter account. According to NFL.com, the safety from Ohio State is 5’11” and 199 pounds.
Vonn Bell originally started his career at Ohio State as a cornerback before transitioning to safety in 2014. As a former cornerback, you can guess that one of Bell’s biggest assets are his hands and playmaking ability. In addition to having good hands, he also reads the field well. He is much stronger against the pass than against the run partly due to his small size.
Another reason why he is not as good against the run is that he tends to pull up a little bit as he is about to meet the ball carrier. This causes his feet to go flat and allows opponents to push him backward more easily.
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He played strong safety in college but at only 199 pounds he might not be able to handle that role against the bigger and more powerful players in the NFL. Since he has great ball skills, some speculate that he might transition better as a free safety rather than a strong safety in the NFL.
Bell started his first game for Ohio State in the Orange Bowl in 2014. He matched up against current Bills star wide receiver Sammy Watkins who torched him for 227 yards on 16 catches. Bell has made it clear that he would like to get revenge for that embarrassment when he told Brooke Cersosimo of NFL.com that “I wanna rematch with Sammy Watkins. He got me my freshman year at the Orange Bowl. I always told him that I’m gonna get him back when I get older.”
It’s nice to see that Bell is up for the challenge but it’s doubtful by rematch he meant that he wants to practice against Watkins. Bell wants his “rematch” against the wide receiver in a real game which could not happen if Buffalo drafts him.
With the uncertainty surrounding Aaron Williams health, safety is a need for the Bills but Bell still seems like a bit of a reach at #19. If he is still hanging around in the second round when the Bills select at #49 that is where the team should target the safety from Ohio State.
For more on Vonn Bell check out the below video from Sports Illustrated where they break down the Ohio State safety as one of the top 50 prospects in the 2016 Draft.