As the NFL Draft continues to get closer, more and more reports of pre-draft visits are being reported, and one such report is from FOX Sports' Ross Jones, who says that Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell will visit the Colts for a pre-draft visit this week.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a> are bringing in former Nebraska WR Kenny Bell in for a visit this week, source says. Bell is Nebraska's all-time leading WR.</p>— Ross Jones (@RossJonesFOX) <a href="https://twitter.com/RossJonesFOX/status/588047916176175104">April 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
As Jones notes, Bell (6-1, 197 pounds) is Nebraska's all-time leading wide receiver, holding the school record for both career receptions and receiving yards. In four seasons at Nebraska, he played in 53 games (starting 49) and caught 181 passes for 2,689 yards (averaging 14.9 yards per reception) and 21 touchdowns. He also returned 51 kickoffs at Nebraska, averaging 25 yards per return and scoring a touchdown on an 82-yard return in 2011. He was named a first-team All Big Ten in 2014 by the coaches and was a team captain during his senior season.
Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar ranks Bell as the 39th best receiver in the draft. CBS Sports ranks him as the 19th receiver and projects him to be drafted in the fourth round. NFL.com lists him as a projected fourth or fifth round pick. I haven't looked into Bell much, but it seems the feeling on him is that he has the traits to potentially develop into a solid starter (though perhaps a number two starter) at the NFL level, but his size and durability are concerns. Still, for a third day selection, he likely wouldn't be a bad pick.
The Colts don't exactly need a wide receiver, but especially on the third day of the draft it's about taking guys who you think are the best value pick there, not so much about need. The Colts are bringing Bell in for a visit to talk with him more, and he could be an intriguing mid-round option for Indy on day three of the draft.