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NFL Draft 2019 scouting report: DE Quinton Bell is a big time project

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Quinton Bell, DE, Prairie View A&M

Measurables

6’4”, 238 pounds (weight from pro day)

41.5 inch vertical leap

4.48 second 40-yard dash

Stats (played WR first three seasons)

2018: 7.5 sacks, 46 total tackles, 10 TFL

2017: (WR) 8 receptions, 97 yards

2016: (WR) 9 receptions, 138 yards, 1 touchdown

2015: (WR) 2 receptions, 24 yards

Awards

2018 second-team All-SWAC honors

Strengths

Bell, who played three seasons at wide receiver in college in addition to being on the track team, possesses immense athletic ability. He has the speed and lateral quickness to become a stopper in the run game in addition to a tall and lanky frame that would coincide with a pass-rushing prototype.

Showed a knack for improvement as the season progressed. He sacked the quarterback five times in the last four games of the year to finish with 7.5 sacks on the season. He has also begun to fill out his frame as he is now 238 pounds compared to the 220 pounds he was listed at during the season.

Weaknesses

With just one season on the defensive side of the ball, Bell is about as big of a project as one could imagine. He didn’t react quickly on tape, needs to learn how to use his hands, has no pass-rushing moves to his arsenal, and needs to become stronger to stand a chance in the run game and against the stronger and larger offensive linemen in the NFL.

Verdict

It is the seventh round of an NFL draft. No one is finding players without many weaknesses. Thatt being said, Bell has the athleticism to succeed at the next level and showed an impressive ability to improve illustrated by his five sacks in the last four games of his senior season. There is a long way for Bell to go if he wants to become a player that regular sees the field, but he has the physical traits to make an impact (far) down the line.

Fit with Raiders

You can’t ever have too many pass rushers and Oakland needs pass rushers badly. Bell has the physical traits, but no experience and technique. If the coaching staff can help him improve his technique, he could eventually find himself out on the field in pass rush situations, but most likely that’s a ways off.