by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.
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Today’s Spotlight - Jaheim Bell, Tight End, Florida State
Name- Jaheim Bell
Team- Florida State
HT/WT- 6’3” 232 lbs.
Home – Lake City, FL
Jaheim Bell attended Valdosta High School in Georgia where he had over 1,000 total yards between his junior and senior seasons. 247Sports listed him as their 17th best athlete coming out of high school and he originally committed to Florida before switching his commitment to South Carolina.
Bell played in 30 games with 11 starts in three seasons at South Carolina. Overall, he ended up with 56 catches for 757 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 80 times for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns. South Carolina used Bell all over the field, setting him up out wide, in the slot, and in the backfield as a running back. Following the 2022 season, Bell decided to transfer to play his last season at Florida State.
In his debut with Florida State, Bell showed off his versatility lining up all over the formations and caught 39 passes for 503 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown for the undefeated Seminoles.
Bell has the ability to create yardage after making catches and runs well in the open field. As a running back, he has good vision and a knack for finding holes. He is a force when he is detached from the line of scrimmage, lining up as more of an H-back, putting pressure on the seams of the defense with his straight line speed. He does a nice job of catching the ball at its high point and uses his strong hands to win combat catch situations.
On the downside, Bell is going to be a weakness when it comes to run blocking. His build is closer to a wide receiver than a tight end and whatever team drafts Bell will have to be scheme specific for him to succeed, lining him out wide, in the slot, or motioning him.
As a receiver, Bell has issues with concentration, which creates drops at times as he tends to try and run before he secures the passes. With a smaller frame, he will have trouble with bull rushes in the NFL if he’s deployed on the line and thus will most likely not be a “3 down” tight end in the pros.
On film, it is not hard to see how athletic he is. If used properly, a good NFL comparison for him may be Evan Engram. Engram put up 73 receptions for 766 yards last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who used him in the proper way. Bell will likely function in a similar manner for his NFL team.
Quick burst off the line
After the catch ability
Tough to defend
Needs to add strength
Run and pass blocking
Jaheim Bell appears to be another playmaking tight end coming out in 2024. As with Ja’Tavion Sanders of Texas, Bell can help his draft stock by becoming a more reliable blocker. His versatility is a selling point, though, and should make him a late 2nd day pick.
Draft 412 Prediction- 2nd or 3rd Round