Buccaneer’s fifth round draft pick, Kenny Bell, finished his collegiate career as Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver, taking the tops off of defenses on his way to 181 career receptions for 2,689 yards.
Making those stats even more impressive was the fact that the Cornhusker’s lacked consistency at the quarterback position, even starting three different guys at equal length in 2013. Now, Bell will now have the opportunity to catch passes from a former Heisman Trophy winner. Something he’s exited about, to say the least.
“I actually got an opportunity to meet Jameis when I was at the combine, love the dude,” Bell said. “I couldn’t be happier for him that he was chosen No. 1. I’m very excited to get down and work with him. He’s one heck of a player and I think he’s going to be one heck of a franchise quarterback. I’m just very excited to get the opportunity to play with him.”
Bell also talked about the receiving corps he’s about to join, expressing his admiration for a particular Bucs’ captain and veteran leader.
“Vincent Jackson is someone who I’ve always looked up to as a receiver,” Bell said. “He’s a tremendous talent, hard worker and playmaker. I’m very excited to get down there, meet and interact with him, pick his brain, and start to learn. I love learning from guys who have done it before me and do it very well. Vincent Jackson is one of them.”
Known for his speed – 4.3 40 time – the 6-foot-1, 197-pound receiver would seem to compliment the Bucs’ current unit, one in which consists of three 6-foot-5 targets, as the slot man. However, general manager Jason Licht envisions the former Husker lining up in multiple spots, particularly being spread out wide.
“His skill-set is best for outside,” Licht said. “He can stretch the field. He also has the experience playing inside. We see him really making a push for contributing and playing a big role for us this year. He’s got upside to be a starter as well.”
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Another great pick and he comes in with the right attitude. Getting excited for 2015. Go Bucs!
5th round pick; not 4th round pick.
I am really starting to absolutely LOVE this kid. He will hopefully be used all over the field, as he has a very diverse skill set. He is very fast, has good, if not great hands, is a strong and willing blocker, can help in the return game and maybe even in kick coverage, and is fantastic on end arounds. I think D. Koetter is already dreaming up lots of different ways to use this guy. He can play slot or out wide, even if just to give the other guys a breather. I can’t wait for the practices and spring training to see these guys in action. I like all of the picks and will stand behind them as long as they are Bucs.
If we can draft like this going forward, we have a chance to be good for quite a long time. It may take a while to get there, but it will be a great ride!! I’m not looking for a Superbowl in a year or two, just good improvement from last year and I think we are well on our way to that. Go Bucs !!! I will be there backing you guys up all the way ! ! !
I love this pick. This is one of the players I was mocking to the Bucs in the fifth round, but I thought he would probably be picked in the fourth round. Great for us that he was there.
Wears number #80. Has almost the same size speed as another famous #80(Jerry Rice-6’2, 200 lb.) Will he have the work ethic?
I love this pick, I think Bell will win the #3 WR spot by mid-season. But in 3WR sets Koetter will put VJax or Evans in the slot. He did the same w/ Julio and Roddy the past few years in ATL.
Bell is a fiery guy, adding him and Winston into the mix w/ Evans will give our offense some ‘juice’ that we’ve been missing since Gruden was here. We’ve needed some intensity on offense for a long time and it looks like we’re close to having a legit NFL offense again.
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