TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Shakir Bell is catching the attention of national draft evaluators Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.
In an article this week McShay writes, "Shakir Bell, RB, Indiana State: Mel brought Bell to your attention a couple weeks back, but after his 33-carry, 349-yard and two-touchdown performance against Drake on Saturday, he deserves another mention. While Bell lacks ideal experience as a pass-catcher (18 combined catches in 2011 and 2012 so far) and a returner, he shows solid hands and the quickness to develop into an NFL contributor. Plus, his diminutive size (5 feet 8 inches, 185 pounds) isn't reflective of his strength -- check out the YouTube video of him squatting 555 pounds."
Earlier this season Kiper gave Bell even high praise following his performance against Indiana. " I'm going with Shakir Bell, the running back for Indiana State.
In fact, he should now officially get the "Darren Sproles comparison" label to start the year, for evaluators. At 5-foot-7½ and about 185 pounds, he's shifty and hard for defenses to find.
And if you lose him, he'll explode into the secondary. He tore Indiana apart on Saturday with 24 carries for 194 yards, including a long TD run, and is the kind of smaller-program player who could play -- and well -- for any program in the country.
He'll also work inside or out, and flat-out competes. A certain draft pick, his grade is rising on my board."
Bell was also named The Sports Network Offensive Player of the Week for his 349 yard, record setting effort against Drake on Saturday.
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