Part of the unseen and unsung part of the NFL Draft are the days that follow where teams round out their class with other talented underrated free agents. The Cincinnati Bengals have struck gold with a couple of their recent findings from past years, grabbing starters like Emmanuel Lamur and Vontaze Burfict in these groups.
As they've continued their due diligence, the team has added players late Saturday and into Sunday. Linebacker Tony Bell of the University of Tennessee-Martin is the latest addition, per the school's head coach.
The former Skyhawks standout was named as an All-American linebacker by four different media outlets this past season, his second consecutive year earning All-American honors. This, after recording 237 tackles, 45 tackles for loss, a program-record 22.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions.
Bell played in January's NFLPA Bowl game and was one of the leaders of their team. He is undersized for the position at the NFL level standing at 5'11" and 224 pounds. It will be interesting to see if the Bengals want to try him at defensive back.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt noted that Bell had a good Pro Day back in March, clocking in with a 4.76 40-yard dash and appeared to move well in drills. Bell was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan award last year, which is an award for the best defensive player in the NCAA Division-I subdivision, also known as NCAA DI-AA.