Blount would have had more success running the football behind last years OL than Bell but Bell brought more to the table as an overall back. Blounts a one cut downhill guy with very good vision. He could find the crease or create one no matter how small & break arm tackles. Bell showed good vision & patience his rookie year but Blount is a better garbage back at this point. It is a pretty good combination in the backfield. Bell showed the traits of an all around feature. He should get better. Blount with be the situational guy & capable starter.
The thing I like about Blount is now you have a closer. When the Steelers line up at the end of the game & the defense knows they are going to run....You really have a 2nd option to go to. Blount would be a very good option to close out the game. You really don't give anything up by turning to him in that situation because we see "22" & if they play action out of it....W Johnson is your hands out of the backfield. If the game is in hand...You don't put miles on Bell. If the game is close & the Steelers are just trying to eat some clock & move the chains a couple times...You have the chance to rest Bell an extra series or two. That doesn't sound like a big deal...But at the end of the day...A fresh RB against a worn down defense can give you those chunk plays that seal the win. Blount showed that with the Pats.
Put it this way...16 games out of Bell & Blount at 100+ carries means the machine is working. That's a pretty good rotation to utilize & putting those carries on Blount will make Bell more productive.
Blount's a Bam Morris type (minus Bam's affinity for "blounts" hopefully ). Straight-forward, no-nonsense, plow right over you...a solid complimentary piece to your RB arsenal.
Bell has the potential to be a Steven Jackson type. A versatile, can-do-a-little bit-of-everything-well back who was dominant in his prime either on the ground or through the air.
Ruthless 2017 Mock Draft:
1.30 ILB Zach Cunningham 6'3" 234 Vanderbilt
2.62 OLB Jordan Willis 6'4" 255 Kansas State
3.94 CB Sidney Jones 6'0" 186 Washington
3.105c DE Tanoh Kpassagnon 6'7" 289 Villanova
4.135 CB Howard Wilson 6'1" 184 Houston
5.173 FS John Johnson 6'1" 205 Boston College
6.213 TE Michael Roberts 6'4" 270 Toledo
7.248 RB Elijah Hood 6'0" 232 North Carolina
2015 MNF Executive Champion!
Just saw some vintage video on Earl Campbell..... that kind of RB will send chills down your spine!