Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines the technical and conceptual prowess of Purdue wide receiver, David Bell, one of the top prospects at his position in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Whether it’s reestablishing position against tight coverage that takes away their initial track, winning a target despite slipping during the break, or peeling off a block to prevent another defender from earning an unexpected pursuit angle, the best players adjust their plan in the middle of a play. Bell is capable of all of these things and more.
He sees the field with clarity and adapts to unrehearsed situations. It’s the mark of a top football player. While I care how fast Bell is for the sake of where and how he’ll fit with an NFL team, “if he’ll fit in the NFL,” isn’t a question I’m asking at this point.
If Treylon Burks earns A.J. Brown comparisons, Bell is more like DeAndre Hopkins. As much as I like Brown, at the end of the day, I’ll take Hopkins and I won’t look back. The first play in the video below features a decision by Bell that has no direct impact on the outcome of the event but is off-the-charts good when you realize that football IQ translates across all the phases of a player’s game.
Hopkins has a similar quality to his game.
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