NFL Draft 2013: Le'Veon Bell draws interest from Jets, Cowboys

Gregory Shamus

There is heavy interest in Le'Veon Bell, but is he actually a first-round talent?

Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell will visit with the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, as well as work out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com. Bell is among the best running back prospects in the draft, but he still has some work to do before becoming a first-round prospect.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar does not project Bell to go in the first round in his latest NFL mock draft. The only running back he has taken is Alabama's Eddie Lacy by the St. Louis Rams at No. 22. The Cowboys, Jets and Buccaneers may be looking at Bell as a second-round or later option. It would appear to be a reach at this time to take him early.

The Cowboys are more likely to draft for defense or the offensive line at No. 18. The Jets have plenty of holes to fill, and running back would probably be low on that list. The Bucs may be looking for a cornerback, and grabbing Bell in the first round would be odd after Doug Martin's big season.

Bell declared for the 2013 draft after an outstanding junior season with the Spartans. He was a workhorse, carrying the ball 382 times for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns. That was a big leap from the 182 carries he received as a sophomore.

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