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There is an expectation that several HBCU football players will be selected in next month’s NFL Draft.

Among them is Florida A&M safety Markquese Bell, who is projected to be taken in the fourth round by the San Franciso 49ers, according to the latest mock draft.

Bell finished his college career with 156 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles, six interceptions and 10 pass breakups while at Florida A&M.

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He was named to the all-conference first team in both the MEAC and SWAC as well as earning Hero Sports All-American first-team honors each season. He was also named an FCS Stats Perform All-American in 2019.

Bell, who ran a 4.41 at the NFL Combine earlier this month, also played in the 10th annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Here is how NFL analyst Lance Zierlein described Bell as a draft prospect:

“Active, lanky safety with run support flashes but a need for better technique and body control as a tackler, Zierlein wrote.”Bell has experience at a variety of alignments but is too tight-hipped to be cast in heavy-duty coverage assignments. His movements are unorthodox and lack desired fluidity, but he plays with a burst to close that helps him do his job. He could use a more clearly defined skill set to flash enough to make a practice squad or back-end of a roster.”

Bell is looking to become the first player from Florida A&M to be selected in the NFL Draft since 1998.


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