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While some players can be second-guessed for leaving college early, that isn't the case with Bell, who didn't have anything left to prove at Michigan State. He leaves the Spartans after putting together the second-best rushing season in school history. Bell led the nation with 382 carries, ranked third in the FBS with 1,793 yards and had 12 touchdowns while adding 32 receptions for 167 yards. He led the Big Ten with 137.9 yards per game, becoming the first Spartan to win the conference's overall rushing title since Tico Duckett in 1990. Bell had three 200-yard games as a junior, including a career-best 266-yard performance in the regular-season finale at Minnesota to help Michigan State become bowl eligible. Among the top running backs available in this draft, Bell possesses the size and strength that NFL teams covet. He excels at running through tacklers inside but is nimble enough to get to the perimeter when space opens on the outside. While he isn't fast enough to break off many huge runs, Bell can wear down a defense and control the clock. The biggest concern with Bell is if he has enough quickness and speed to succeed at the next level. His performance at the NFL combine helped, as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds, an impressive time for a back known more for his size and physicality. Montee Ball, another top-rated back, clocked in at 4.66 seconds. Bell is also a decent pass-catcher and his skills as a big blocker in pass protection will elevate his value. With a combination of size and athleticism rarely seen, Bell could go as high as the second round but is a more likely fit in the third or fourth.