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02-20-2012, 10:24 AM

30 FAs in 30 Days: Demetrius Bell

Today's featured player is Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Demetrius Bell

NAME: Demetrius Bell
POSITION: Offensive Tackle


COLLEGE: Northwestern State

GP/GS: 31/30

AGE/EXPEREINCE: 27/4 seasons

BACKGROUND: Originally Buffaloís seventh-round draft pick out of Northwestern State in 2008, Demetrius Bell didnít see the field until his second NFL season. Really, itís astonishing Bell was able to make it to the NFL in any capacity.

Bell didnít play any organized football until his freshman year of college. His high school didnít field a team, so he began his college career as a basketball player before joining the NSU football team. After a brief stint at defensive end, Bell was discovered to be a natural fit for a left tackle and went on to earn AP All-American honors for the Demons.

In Buffalo, Bell took a ďredshirtĒ season as a rookie, staying on the Bills 53-man roster all season but not appearing in any games. When Bellís raw talent began to mold he became the Bills starting left tackle for the 2009 season opener.

Bell struggled with his first NFL play-time, regularly beaten by defenders while leading all NFL offensive linemen in penalties before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 10. The developmental prospect showed some life in 2010 starting all 16 games, but still had plenty of work to do.

Last year, in Bellís fourth professional season, things began to click. He played just seven games because of a collarbone injury, but was regarded by many as the Bills most improved offensive lineman.

According to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, Bell gave up just one sack, one hit and one pressure in 409 offensive snaps last season.

AVAILABILITY: The Bills have been patient with Bell, watching him develop from a player who looked out of his league three seasons ago to one of the teamís more promising prospects. Spending four years developing raw talent, only to see it walk out the door when it begins to blossom, would be quite a blow to any franchise.

Re-signing Bell appears to be a priority for Buffalo. Add in a weak free agent market at the tackle position and Buffaloís pursuit to re-sign Bell should be strong.

Most football fans outside Buffalo donít realize the Bills averaged over 5.0 yards per rush last season and allowed a league-low 23.0 sacks.

Of course, a deflated tackle market could key a significant push for Bellís services outside of Buffalo as well.

COACHING CONNECTIONS: Bell has no direct links to the Chiefs coaching staff or front office, though new offensive line coach Jack Bicknellís brother, Bob Bicknell, is on the Bills offensive staff.

WHY HE FITS: Bell is regarded by many in the media as one of this yearís top free agent offensive tackles. With the Chiefs keying the offensive line as a position for upgrade, free agent tackles are in play.

The Chiefs currently have just two offensive tackles under contract after moving Steve Maneri to tight end last week. Left tackle Branden Albert is the lone starter inked for 2012 and is joined by developmental rookie David Mims. Starting right tackle Barry Richardson is slated to hit unrestricted free agency.

Is Bell an upgrade over Albert on the left side. If not, can Bell play on the right side? If so, is he an upgrade over Richardson?

A lot can happen over the next month, but thereís a reason most mock drafts predict the Chiefs will select an offensive tackle.

02-20-2012, 09:02 PM

Mr. Laz
02-20-2012, 09:15 PM
so many important questions for the Chiefs this offseason.

02-22-2012, 12:52 PM
I really like Bell a lot and would not be unhappy at all if the Chiefs signed him in free agency.

I don't think he's prototypical RT, but I do think that Bell has the size and athletic ability to make the switch and be successful, and he does have the frame to add some bulk.

02-22-2012, 12:57 PM
Signing Bell would open up what we do in the 1st round of the draft.

02-22-2012, 01:02 PM
Signing Bell would open up what we do in the 1st round of the draft.

That would be an excellent signing.
Would give us a chance to trade back.

02-22-2012, 01:06 PM
I was talking up that Buffalo O-Line as far back as three years ago.

I really thought that with time to develop, they'd become one of the best young lines in the league, and they lived up to that promise last year, and Bell really made strides.

This is the one OT to target in free agency.

02-22-2012, 01:11 PM
This is the one OT to target in free agency.

He's the only OT to target in free agency.

02-22-2012, 01:14 PM
Signing Bell would open up what we do in the 1st round of the draft.

I don't think you can count on Bell to change your thought process on the draft. He's had knee problems his whole career and has only managed to play more than half a season 1 time.