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Blake Bell | Tight End

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245

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An NFC North scout doesn't believe Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell will make it in the NFL "because he's too far behind where he needs to be."
"Personally, I don't really think much of his chances to make it as a tight end because he's too far behind where he needs to be," the scout said. "I did think he looked better by the end of the year, so maybe I'm wrong." We're a bit surprised by this take, as we too observed strides in Bell's game. His showing at the Shrine Bowl was lauded and Bell was even drawing comparisons to Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, reported the Sporting News. "He has good size at 6-foot-6, 259 pounds, and flashed sure hands as a pass catcher last season, but his lack of experience at tight end is evident, and he's extremely raw in his route-running," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "A big positive in Bell's favor is that he showed great improvement in just one season, particularly as a blocker, and he could have a future at the position in the pros if a team is willing to be patient with him." Feb 4 - 1:31 AM

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Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell drew comparisons Lions tight end Joseph Fauria at the Shrine Bowl, reported the Sporting News' Chris Kouffman.

"Partly due to his newness at the position, and partly due to the tight end position no longer being en vogue in today’s college passing games, Bell caught just 16 passes as a college tight end," Kouffman wrote. "Former Shrine Game participant and current Browns tight end Jordan Cameron suffered a similar fate at Southern California. Bell and Cameron provide an excellent example of how even players from larger programs need the week of Shrine practices to help scouts calibrate their talent relative to other players." Bell measured in at 6-foot-6 3/8 and 263 pounds with a 33-inch arm length and hands just under 10 inches, all prototypical dimensions. "Bell was surprisingly smooth and natural at running routes and catching the ball," Kouffman wrote. "He also showed athletic body control and consistently caught the football outside his frame with his hands. Bell showed good agility and some explosive ability. He jumps well."
Jan 20 - 12:22 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell "is a fighter" who is "working extremely hard to improve as a blocker."

"He played quarterback for the Sooners before transitioning to tight end after the 2013 season, and he runs routes with the eyes of a quarterback -- he knows what a QB is looking for downfield having played the position," Davis wrote. "Bell has a good frame at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, and it looks like he could add more weight if he wanted to. Of course, his bloodline also works in his favor. Bell's father and uncle both played tight end in the NFL." Bell looks great in shorts, and his intangibles, measurables, and story all give scouts something to dream on. He posted only 16 catches for 214 yards and four scores in 2014, however, and remains extremely raw.
Jan 17 - 3:05 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell will be able to quickly understand an offense and that "he runs a route with a quarterback's eyes."

Receiving is the last bit of the tight end learning curve that Bell must learn. He has turned into a quality blocker if nothing else and his physical tools (6-foot-6, 260 pounds, 4.97 forty) could be intriguing to a team in the late rounds. Bell posted 16 catches, 214 yards and four scores in 2014. "For a guy who has played tight end less than a season, Bell looks at ease when running routes and has good hands," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He also has good bloodlines: His dad and uncle both played defensive end in the NFL."
Jan 14 - 5:29 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that NFL scouts are excited to get a look at Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell at the East-West Shrine game.

"Scouts will be able to take the temperature of his development at the new position during Shrine practices," Brugler wrote. Bell shifted to tight end this season after struggling as a quarterback in Norman. He posted 16 catches and four scores in 2014. Bell has turned into a quality blocking tight end if nothing else and his physical tools (6-foot-6, 260 pounds, 4.97 forty) could be intriguing to a team in the late rounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 5:39 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell has accepted an invitation to play in the East West Shrine game.

This year's tight end class is not very intriguing in terms of first or second day picks, but the Shrine staff has done well in finding some possible gems in Bell, Wes Saxton, MyCole Pruitt and A.J. Derby. Bell joins Derby as two former quarterbacks making the position switch.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell caught two passes for 59 yards in Saturday's 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State.

Despite a relatively minor stat-line, Bell actually led the team with his 59 yards. Quarterback Cody Thomas only passed for 120 yards in the contest, as the Sooners limited risk by keeping the ball on the ground. Bell's been dealing with a minor knee injury. He's turned into a quality blocking tight end if nothing else and his physical tools (6-foot-6, 260 pounds, 4.97 forty) could be intriguing to a team in the late rounds, though anybody picking him will have to project a little as to Bell's place in a pro passing game.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 07:38:00 PM

Oklahoma TE Blake Bell is not playing against Kansas due to a strained knee.

Bob Stoops sitting Bell seems to be precautionary so he can be healthy against Oklahoma State in two weekends. Bell suffered the injury against Texas Tech.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell hauled in three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Kansas State.

Bell's four-yard touchdown grab tied the game 24-24 midway through the third quarter in the eventual OU loss (Michael Hunnicutt's fourth quarter PAT was blocked, resulting in a 31-30 setback). CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week that Bell "has been impressive as a blocker and is improving each game." Bell, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound former quarterback, runs a 4.97 forty.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 06:19:00 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell "has been impressive as a blocker and is improving each game," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The former QB has only eight catches this season, but that doesn't mean pro scouts are ignoring him. On the contrary, Bell's 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame, blocking ability, and steady improvement on the field have the NFL dreaming on a projection. Bell only runs a 4.97 forty, and he's raw in the passing game, so he'll have to continue to progress to hear his named called in the spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 08:35:00 PM

Oklahoma senior Blake Bell won the starting tight end job.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound former starting quarterback beat out Taylor McNamara in Monday's depth chart. "Blake, he's been really solid," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "He loves doing it. He's really a big a target, a comfortable target for Trevor or any quarterback when in the middle of the field. He's got great hands. The different lifting and training from a quarterback to a tight end has helped him get stronger and bigger, so the blocking has been solid, and I think that's something that as we go through the year that will improve the more he's on the field and the more opportunities he gets." Bell struggled with his accuracy as a signal-caller, but he also practiced a little bit at QB in camp and is being viewed as an emergency option if Trevor Knight gets injured. Stoops said "it never hurts to have an emergency plan." Currently, Cody Thomas is listed as the second-team quarterback.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 04:41:00 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell is taking some snaps at QB again after backup Cody Thomas has missed time with an injury, according to beat writer Jason Kersey.

"...Thomas has been injured, which is why Bell has split second-team reps this week with true freshman Justice Hansen," Kersey reported. The last blurb under Bell's name reads "Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops reiterated that under no circumstances will senior TE Blake Bell be moved back to QB," so even though this might not be a permanent move, Bell is certainly taking some limited snaps at his former position. Bell has drawn praise at tight end throughout camp, however.
Source: News OK
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 08:48:00 AM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops reiterated that under no circumstances will senior TE Blake Bell be moved back to QB.

"Not at all. He is the prototype tight end. Great hands. Can run," Stoops said. Many evaluators were hoping for Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas to make the move from quarterback to tight end, especially following his Combine numbers (for the record, we think it was wise not to). Those evaluators will have to settle for Bell. However, the biggest question is: can he catch, especially in contested situations? Trevor Knight is firmly planted as the team's starting quarterback after his superstar performance against Alabama.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 01:01:00 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell was one of 40 tight ends named on the Mackey Award preseason watch list.

This speaks to Bell's athletic ability as much as anything, since he's in the process of transitioning to tight end. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder started eight games at QB last year. He's joined on the list by big names such as Iowa State's E.J. Bibbs, Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman, Alabama's O.J. Howard, Notre Dame's Ben Koyack and Florida State's Nick O'Leary.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 10:35:00 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell suffered a knee sprain last week and will miss the remainder of spring practices.

Surgery is not expected, so Bell will rejoin the Sooners for summer camp in August. The former quarterback is attempting to transition to tight end for his last year of eligibility. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Bell has apparently impressed in practice at his new position. "Blake Bell has looked good," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told reporters last week. "He scored a touchdown in one of our team deals. He's got great hands."
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 12:03:00 AM