Pair of B1G stars fail to impress during NFL Combine workouts
With the NFL Combine taking place last week, a number of stars boosted their stock for the 2022 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, some prospects fell short and have some work to do leading up to the draft in April.
Among the players that did not look great in Indianapolis was Purdue receiver David Bell. Despite some big game performances throughout his career, Bell did not put up impressive numbers throughout the Combine.
As a result, Ryan Fowler with The Draft Network had Bell on a list of players he expected more out of it. Here’s what Fowler had to say about Bell:
“A lock as an early day-two pick entering the combine, David Bell was extremely underwhelming in all facets in Indianapolis. We knew he’d showcase sticky hands in drills, but a look into his fundamental athletic profile has raised questions considering the ways in which he won on the outside at Purdue. At 211 pounds, a 4.65 40 won’t sit well with teams. However, his clean footwork, route-running, and competitiveness at the catch point should steady his slot as a day-two wideout.”
Bell’s raw athletic profile did not stand out but he will still be able to put to an elite body of work from his time with the Boilermakers. He finished with 1,200 yards receiving and a pair of 200-yard performances in 2021.
The other prospect that Fowler was unimpressed by in Indy was Minnesota lineman Daniel Faalele. According to Fowler, Faalele took a step back after drawing rave reviews at the Senior Bowl:
“After the first practice at the Senior Bowl, Daniel Faalele looked like a potential top-20 pick. As the weeks have passed and more information has been made available on one of the class’ largest prospects, he has a long way to go both in his skill at tackle and in improving his athletic profile. At 384 pounds, he lifted 225 pounds (roughly 60% of his body weight) just 24 times in the bench press and was absent in on-field drills. He will be a full participant at Minnesota’s Pro Day but has a long way to go to earn back the hype he had entering Mobile.”
It will be interesting to see where these players wind up to begin their NFL careers.