Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/26/13
With the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected former Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell was the second running back taken in the 2013 NFL draft, and the third player selected from the Big Ten. The Columbus, Ohio, native becomes the third Spartan running back to be drafted in Mark Dantonio’s first six seasons as head coach, joining Javon Ringer and Edwin Baker. Le’Veon Bell was selected by the Steelers with the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. (AP Photo) After racking up 3, 346 yards and 33 touchdowns in his three seasons at MSU, Bell’s 6-foot-2 237 pound frame will head to Heinz Field where his powerful and elusive running style will give Pittsburgh fans that hard-nose, between-the-tackles runner that they’ve been looking for since Jerome Bettis. “Le’Veon Bell is a complete football player,” said MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. “He led the Big Ten and finished third in the nation with nearly 1,800 rushing yards. With more than 380 carries, Le’Veon proved his physical durability. He is a proven commodity as a pass receiver out of the backfield, a solid pass-blocker and someone who can contribute on special teams. With his versatility, Le’Veon can have an impact in a lot of different ways.” With former Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall leaving the Steelers for the Cardinals via free agency, the Pittsburgh tailback situation favors Bell immensely. While Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are good backs in their own right, I wouldn’t be surprised if the former first team All-Big Ten selection ends up being the starter when week 1 rolls around.    

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