David Bell fails to improve his 40-time at Purdue Pro Day

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Purdue wide receiver David Bell isn’t having the best pre-draft process, to put it lightly. The productive Boilermakers pass-catcher ran a pedestrian 4.65 40-yard dash at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine and failed to improve his time at his Purdue pro day on Tuesday.

In fact, he ran slower.

Bell registered a 4.69 in subfreezing temperatures (23 degrees!!). It’s safe to say his stock is trending in the wrong direction. Once considered a fringe-first-round pick, Bell is now firmly entrenched as a mid-to-late second-day player.

Bell said after his slow 40-yard dash that his film speaks for itself and that he’d like to play for his hometown Indianapolis Colts, who don’t pick until No. 42 overall. At this point, that may be a little too early for Bell; the Colts also have the 73rd selection, which feels more like Bell’s draft range.

Bell’s pro day wasn’t a complete disaster. He showed off his trademark ball skills and catch radius on several routes, including in the second clip shared by NFL Network’s Stacey Dales.

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