To the naked eye, Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell doesn't have eye-popping numbers — he posted 47 catches for 788 yards and six touchdowns and a senior in 2014.
But when you consider the run-heavy school he plays for, and the fact he finished his career as the school's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, you understand why he takes pride in those numbers, which are proof for what he believes he can offer an NFL team.
“I just think the most I bring to the table as a wide receiver is consistency and I'm reliable,” Bell said Thursday at the NFL Combine. “You can rely on me to make big plays when they need to be made, and I consistently catch the ball, I consistently do my assignment, and I'm consistently reliable, both on and off the field. And I think that in this day and age, it's very, very important for guys to be just as reliable off the field as they are on the field.”
Bell, the son of former Denver Broncos kick returner Ken Bell, seemed genuinely excited to participate in the combine and start the process of following in his dad's footsteps, even if the combine experience makes for some long days in Indianapolis.
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“A lot of people that have been through tell you the same thing — it's going to be a grind,” Bell said. “These first four days, first three days, are tough days. They wake you up early, they let you go to sleep pretty late, but for the most part, it's (keeping) your head to the ground, keep working hard and keep plugging away.
“I can't say it's not a lot of fun living the dream. Honestly, there's not many guys that get this experience, and the fact that I got an invite, I'm just happy to be here. So the fact that we get up early and stay up late, that's nothing.”