Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
Height: 5-11 Weight: 199 Round: 2 Pick: 61
WHO HE IS: Bell, who went through the spotlight of an intense recruiting process, arrived at Ohio State and made an immediate impact, lining up at the nickel position and making seven tackles and an interceptionagainst Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Named a starter at safety the next season, Bell made 92 tackles and picked off six passes to help Ohio State win a national championship, and he followed it up with a first team All-American season in 2015.
WHAT HE CAN DO: Bell fits most naturally as a roaming free safety in centerfield, using his ball skills to disrupt deep balls down the field and create turnovers. But Bell can be so much more. Used as a nickel in his first season, Bell can move down and cover slot receivers, and he’s got the football smarts to play a little out of position at strong safety if need be. In New Orleans’ defense, Bell can back up both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd and make an instant impact in the nickel.
PLAYER SPEAK: “I’m a man of my word and followed up and did what (Sean Payton asked me to do.” -- Bell
GURU TALK: “Quite honestly, I thought he was probably the best cover safety in the draft. He’s got the ability to play man, play zone, read the quarterback’s eyes. He has great balance, body control and the ability to change direction quickly. He has really good closing burst and a lot of production in big games.” — Todd McShay, ESPN
DID YOU KNOW? Bell was one of the highest-rated players in the recruiting class of 2013, including the No. 2 safety, and even though he’s a native of Rossville, Ga., Bell eschewed the SEC programs of Alabama and Tennessee in order to sign with the Buckeyes.