Profiling Colts Running Back Joique Bell

Joique Bell

Born: August 4, 1986

Hometown:  Benton Harbor, MI

College:  Wayne State University

Draft:  UDFA – 2010 (Philadelphia Eagles)

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Weight:  220 lbs.

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College

Receiving Rushing
Year Started Rec Yards YPR TD Run Yards YPC TD
2006 11 14 169 12.07 1 348 2065 5.93 22
2007 10 22 230 10.45 3 289 1427 4.94 25
2008 10 20 226 11.30 1 218 1152 5.28 12
2009 11 23 293 12.74 3 326 2084 6.39 29
CAREER 42 79 918 11.62 8 1181 6728 5.70 88

Professional

No Professional Stats

Pre-Draft Measuarbles

40-Yard Dash:  4.65 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle:  4.17 seconds

3-Cone Drill:  6.84 seconds

Bench Press:  16 reps

Vertical Jump:  36.5 inches

Broad Jump:  120.0 inches

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Breakdown

Joique Bell is a Division II-A standout who started nearly every game he played (42 of 44), and amassed over 7,500 all purpose yards and 96 TDs in his 4 year career at Wayne State University. After his impressive senior season when he wrapped up his college career with 32 TDs, and 2,300 all purpose yards, Bell won the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Bell was obviously one of the most impressive non-Division I candidates to come out of the 2010 draft, but as of yet has not stuck anywhere after being originally picked up by the Bills after the draft, then signed to the Eagles roster at the end of December. After being waived on November 9th, Bell was quickly picked up by the Colts who were struggling from a depleted running back corps. Since then, despite an even thinner set of running backs than when he joined, Bell has not seen the field outside of special teams.

As a prospect, Bell brings key characteristics to the table that the Colts desperately need. He has very well developed upper and lower body strength, and combines his raw size with good vision to find gaps. He also has many of the natural qualities of a good pass blocker, but has not really been tested in that field up to this point. Likewise, he shows good raw ability to catch out of the backfield and a willingness to catch in coverage, but once again, has not dealt with the pace of NFL-quality throws or NFL-sized defenders. Despite being “shifty” and able to shake off a number of open field tackles by smaller defenders, Bell lacks the overall speed to escape defenders in the open field, and really lacks a second gear, as his rather mediocre 40-yard dash time indicates. Instead, Bell relies upon his vision of the field and his rather good agility to make plays when outside of the pocket, and uses his raw strength and physicality to gain extra yards.

With the success of Division-III standout Pierre Garcon, Bell may eventually get a shot to prove himself, but could just as equally be kept as a developmental prospect who has to be groomed for the NFL due to lower college competition.

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