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Despite Labels, Vonn Bell Believes He Can Be A Spark


After success at Ohio State, safety Vonn Bell believes he can be a "fiery guy" for the team that takes him in the 2016 NFL Draft.

When asked to describe himself as a player at the NFL Combine, safety Vonn Bell used said he is a "playmaker," a "fiery guy" and called himself a "spark on the team."

Bell played collegiately at Ohio State and won a National Championship in 2015. Despite his team's successes, he called his experience humbling.

"Very humbling, just learning," Bell said. "It takes some growing pains, it really does. You'll get beat a couple times, you'll get humbled a couple times. But I [have] confidence, kind of a little swagger, that's what DBs are, just got to take the good plays with the bad plays, but you remember the goods.''

Some are very critical of Bell's game, calling the free safety "lazy" after watching him not give 100 percent on every play. Bell admitted that those people are not wrong, calling his run support "a little iffy."

Iffy run support is not something that is tolerated in the NFL, but Bell insists that his days of dogging it on defense are behind him.

"Got to be passionate, these guys are playing for their livelihoods, you've got to be more passion," Bell said. "You got to get paid, you don't want to be on the streets now.''

Laziness is one thing that can be taken away from watching Bell's film, but he hopes that scouts also notice his playmaking ability.

"I've been a playmaker, I'll always be a playmaker, I guess you just have a natural knack to it," Bell said. "It's going to be a little harder in the NFL, you just have to have a little more film study, little more preparation … if you always have that playmaking ability, it's always going to stick with you.''

That playmaking capacity was evident in the Buckeyes' National Championship-winning season in 2014. Bell saw action in 14 of 15 games and contributed 92 tackles (two for loss), six interceptions and six pass breakups.

His final season in Columbus earned him 2015 second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and first-team honors from the media even though his production slipped on paper. 

Looking ahead to his possible future in the NFL, Bell believes that team that decides to draft him is going to get a quality football player that will boost the team in all aspects.

"I am, you get the full package, a playmaker, a guy who can tackle in the open field, a guy who can make plays, a guy who just holds the whole the team together, you're going to get a leader," Bell said. "You've got another coach on the field.''




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