Ohio native and Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell will pass on his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Bell’s decision is not a surprising one, and Bell (6’2, 237) made it official via his Twitter account on Thursday morning. Bell ran for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Donnie Toler Jr., Bell’s principal at Groveport Madison High School outside of Columbus, told MLive.com that Bell received feedback from the NFL’s draft advisory committee that he’d be a late second to mid-third round pick in the 2013 draft. The MLive.com article described Toler as Bell’s mentor.
On Wednesday, Cleveland Glenville High School alum and Hawaii cornerback Michael Edwards also declared for the draft. His winding college career started at Tennessee, and after being arrested and leaving there, Edwards played a season of junior college ball before having two productive seasons at Hawaii.
Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins previously announced his intentions to enter the draft, and he’s a near lock to be a first-round pick. There’s been no word from Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby on his intentions.
Kent State running back/return specialist Dri Archer also faces an NFL decision after Kent State’s Jan. 6 bowl game.
The NFL’s early-entry deadline is Jan. 15.