The Eagles are stacked at running back and tight end, but could use some upgrades at wide receiver. While the team may pass on adding a receiver on Day 1, Philadelphia could target a mid-round talent for depth. Nebraska's Kenny Bell fits the Chip Kelly mold as a possession receiver with terrific blocking ability and solid hands.
A native of Boulder, Colo., Bell is the son of former Broncos receiver Ken Bell. He committed to Nebraska in 2010 and redshirted his first year on campus. As a redshirt freshman, Bell became an integral part of the offense, starting 11-of-13 games and catching 32 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns. As a sophomore, Bell started all 14 games and caught 50 passes for 863 receiving yard and eight touchdowns.
In his junior season, Bell played in 13 games (12 starts) and produced 52 catches for 577 yards and four touchdowns. Last season, Bell played in 13 games (12 starts) and had 47 receptions for 788 yards and six touchdowns. He owns school's record for receptions (181) and receiving yards (2,689).
Weight: 197 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 5/8"
Hands: 9 1/4"
40: 4.42 sec.
Bench: 7 reps
3-Cone: 6.66 sec. (Third among WRs in 2015)
Broad Jump: 129.0 inch (Fourth among WRs in 2015)
Vertical Jump: 41.5 inch (Third among WRs in 2015)
Shuttle: 4.15 sec.
Bell has quick feet and is a solid route runner. He has above average speed, which allows him to get open. A possession receiver with quality hands, he does a good job of grabbing the ball out of the air. He is definitely a "hands" catcher. Bell's most notable attribute is his proficiency in blocking. He is a terrific blocker, who finishes the job no matter the play. Bell also has experience as a kick returner and averaged an impressive 25 yards per return.
While he is a good blocker, I wouldn't say Bell is strong. He gets by with technique but can be taken out of a play with press coverage. He is lanky and likely needs to bulk up for the next level. While he has decent speed, he is a bit stiff on certain routes.
If Josh Huff is elevated on the depth chart, the Eagles could look to fill his role from last season. Bell seems to be a good fit for special teams and as a fourth or fifth receiver as a rookie. Bell could eventually develop into a quality No. 2 receiver and form a young trio with Huff and Jordan Matthews. He would be a nice value pick with one of the Eagles fifth round selections.