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Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell To Enter NFL Draft

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TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 29: Running back Le'Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans warms up before the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs at Sun Devil Stadium on December 29, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. The Spartans defeated the Horned Frogs 17-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 29: Running back Le’Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans warms up before the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs at Sun Devil Stadium on December 29, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. The Spartans defeated the Horned Frogs 17-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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By: Scott Anderson

Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is declaring his intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. This doesn’t come as a surprise as Bell has been a workhorse since his Freshman year in East Lansing, culminating with nearly 1800 yards rushing this past season.

Bell has the size, strength, blocking ability, running instincts, and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield that should project for him to be a contributor at the next level. The only tool Bell lacks is top end speed. That doesn’t mean that he won’t be successful in the NFL, quite the contrary. Bell does everything well from the RB position, he has a knack for getting the extra yard and punishing would be tacklers that get in his way and that should bode well for him in 2013.

I look at Bell and compare him to guys like Toby Gearhart, Rex Burkhead and Mike Alstott, bruising backs that can be counted on in getting the tough yards. I wish him well in the NFL, but make no mistake about it, Michigan State will miss him dearly. State does not have a runner on their roster that can do the things Bell did. Nick Hill will get his shot as will some untested underclassmen, but for next season, the Spartans will have a hard time finding one guy to carry the load like Le’Veon Bell.

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