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David Bell Scouting Report & Fantasy Football Outlook

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2023

The Cleveland Browns offense was a disappointment in 2021, but they addressed it during the offseason and with the selection of wide receiver David Bell from Purdue in the third round with the No. 99 selection.

David Bell NFL Draft Outlook

Bell is enormous and should complement recently acquired big-play threat Amari Cooper, who the Browns received via trade with the Dallas Cowboys on March 16.


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The 6-2, 205-pound receiver, who had 93 catches for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns for the Boilermakers in 2021, expects to be a big part of the new-look Cleveland offense that scored the 20th-most points in football last season (349, 20.5 per game).

Bell is no burner, as he ran the 40 at 4.65 at the combine, but is a good route runner and projects as the possession receiver against Cooper’s burning speed and big-play ability.

David Bell Fantasy Football WR Tips

Cooper and Bell should provide big-play options for the Browns’ offense that ranked fourth in rushing but 27th in passing yards. Each should give newly acquired quarterback Deshaun Watson a plethora of weapons, including a dominant rushing attack with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Buy the Browns, especially if Watson avoids suspension from the NFL for allegations of sexual misconduct or if they can fill in the gaps with a quarterback who can hold down the fort if Watson is suspended.

David Bell Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Size
  • Route-running ability

Weaknesses

  • Speed

Author

Pat Pickens

Pat Pickens is a seasoned sportswriter who has covered pro sports since 2013 for various websites, including The New York Times, NHL.com, Bleacher Report, Sportsnet.ca, USA Today, the Associated Press and many others. His debut book, titled "The Whalers" about the history of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, was released in October 2021.

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