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Could Byron Bell be a franchise Left Tackle some day?

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Just food for thought, but with how fast he's progressed from being an undrafted rookie FA, to a legit Right Tackle in the NFL, do you think he could make the jump to LT some day when Gross is all said and done?

He has great size at 6'5 340, and as the weeks go bye I just see tons of improvement in his game.

What do you think?

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I think he could be our RT for many years to come, love his progression this year...barely gets beat when he plays RT. We really need to upgrade the guard spot beside him
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I think the potential is there with the way he has progressed. Would be nice to lock up a franchise LT that practically fell in our lap...

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I sure hope the new GM doesn't overpay him if he does turn out that way.

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I say just leave him at the spot where he has shown great progress. What's wrong with having a stud RT....I feel like the draft is where we can land a quality LT. He is growing into the RT spot...I say let him hold it down for years to come

However, we will have to address the Line in the near future with Gross declining
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We most definitely need someone to groom to replace Gross. I don't care if it's Bell or a draftee or a free agent, but we need them soon.

If it's gonna be Bell, we should probably switch him now so Gross can teach him. Send Gross back to his natural RT and let him tutor Bell at LT. None of this back and forth Romneying, just make up your mind and go with it to minimize impeding the guy's progress.
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if he's reliable at RT, let him stay there. no gaurantee that he would be as good at LT. no gaurantee that bell's replacement would be as reliable.

if we've got one postition set for years to come, let's not screw that up.

i hate shuffling players around. if it's not necessary, don't screw around. if it aint broke, don't mess it up.
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Luke Joeckel with our top 5 pick this year anyone?
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It would be a great story to see Bell flourish and become a staple for the future of our offensive line.

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[quote name='Bwood' timestamp='1351967716' post='1977274']
Luke Joeckel with our top 5 pick this year anyone?
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Wouldn't be totally opposed to it....gotta go with value so it'll probably be him or star

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but I thought Bell sucked his rookie year and won't amount to anything...

where are all the Bell haters?

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I think so. As good as Bell is as a RT, the RT is a position that needs to be the run blocker, while your LT is your pass blocker. Bell is a much better pass blocker than run blocker because he is an upright technique player, meaning he can stand straight and push the defender off of him. He isn't the type of player to get low and shove his defender off the ball like a true run blocker should.

Honestly, as good as he has been at RT, I think he could be even better at LT. Guy could be a star.

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No.

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Read an interesting article today about this very switch.

It may surprise people but switching from one side to the other is a very tough ask for a player to make. According to current OLinemen in the NFL it's much easier to switch to guard than to move from LT to RT or vice versa. So any switch should be very carefully considered to avoid completely ruining one or two players progression.

For the record, gross is playing just fine in both the running and passing game. We don't really need to start grooming a player yet, he should still have several years in the league and when he does wind down just get a first round pick, as they have very high success rates over the last 5 or so years. Gross remains our best lineman in both the passing and running game and has been since he moved to LT.
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He would be lucky to make the two deep on most teams in the NFL..

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[quote name='GamecockSmitty4' timestamp='1351976594' post='1977357']
He would be lucky to make the two deep on most teams in the NFL..
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Here's a Bell hater!

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[quote name='Pass out of Existence' timestamp='1351968602' post='1977279']
but I thought Bell sucked his rookie year and won't amount to anything...

where are all the Bell haters?
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[quote name='GamecockSmitty4' timestamp='1351976594' post='1977357']
He would be lucky to make the two deep on most teams in the NFL..
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Not a Bell hater. Just realistic. I would love for him to turn out to be great. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. He was not drafted for a reason. He's not very good. I will give him that he is not as awful at being penalized. It sucked so much last year watching him get false start after false start and holding penalties that killed drives. He has also gotten slightly better at blocking, but not much. He has a LONG way to go to be a quality starter.

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[quote name='GamecockSmitty4' timestamp='1351977715' post='1977371']
Not a Bell hater. Just realistic. I would love for him to turn out to be great. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. He was not drafted for a reason. He's not very good. I will give him that he is not as awful at being penalized. It sucked so much last year watching him get false start after false start and holding penalties that killed drives. He has also gotten slightly better at blocking, but not much. He has a LONG way to go to be a quality starter.
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Hahaha you don't watch the Panthers at all do you? Bell has easily been our best offensive linemen this season and has a lot more room to go.

You know absolutely nothing about talent evaluation or the draft if you think the reason he went undrafted is because he sucks. Why don't you go tell Victor Cruz that?

You just want to put a Cock at tackle because you're a raging Cock homer/Bell hater.

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[quote name='GamecockSmitty4' timestamp='1351977715' post='1977371']
Not a Bell hater. Just realistic. I would love for him to turn out to be great. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. [b]He was not drafted for a reason. He's not very good. [/b]I will give him that he is not as awful at being penalized. It sucked so much last year watching him get false start after false start and holding penalties that killed drives. He has also gotten slightly better at blocking, but not much. He has a LONG way to go to be a quality starter.
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I guess Kurt Warner isn't any good since he wasn't drafted. You know, sometimes it's the fact that players weren't drafted that elevates their game.

Bell does have a long way to go, and if you read my post on the first page, you'll see why his run blocking isn't the best. He's a standing technique blocker. Those are best utilized as LTs, because of their ability to stand up and pass block.

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No. Bell is ideally suited to the right side, with massive size and wingspan, but he's undrafted. He's a gem of an undrafted, and a pretty solid starter, but so far not good enough to be a franchise anything.

Also: you don't just flip guys from side to side and expect it to work. He's a right side guy, and that's just fine.

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Nah, I say leave him at RT where he's improved a lot this year. lol at the people hanging on to the Bell hate. He has been our best OL this year, even before Kalil went down.


[size=1]plus I'm still holding onto hope for Campbell being able to take Gross's spot when he's done...[/size]

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Bell has been great, the fact that he's not really noticeable this year speaks to how well he's playing.

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[quote name='Bwood' timestamp='1351977920' post='1977372']
Hahaha you don't watch the Panthers at all do you? Bell has easily been our best offensive linemen this season and has a lot more room to go.

You know absolutely nothing about talent evaluation or the draft if you think the reason he went undrafted is because he sucks. Why don't you go tell Victor Cruz that?

You just want to put a Cock at tackle because you're a raging Cock homer/Bell hater.
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Talk about an overreaction. Yes, I do watch the Panthers. I also disagree with your statement about him being the best offensive lineman. However, even if he was, that's not saying much. The OL is a disaster and it doesn't take much to be the best.

Ok. Tell me about your credentials about scouting talent. Because Victor Cruz was an undrafted free agent and you know that he is good now means that you are a great talent evaluator? OK. Also, show me where I said that if you go undrafted then you are not good. I didn't. Byron Bell DID go undrafted because HE was not very good. With that being said, just because one guy turned out to be a stud after not being drafted does not mean that every guy being drafted will turn out to be great. That is a logical fallacy. For every Victor Cruz, there are hundreds of guys that turn out to be nothing. There are also many who turn out to be adequate, but not great (Byron Bell- as of now). Just because I don't think Bell is a franchise tackle makes me a "Bell hater"? OK...

Also, show me where I even mentioned a Gamecock in my post at all. Please. I beg you. I never brought them up but you did. How does that make me a "raging Cock homer"? If you are referring to my user name then I can tell you why it is GamecockSmitty4: I joined my first message board a few years back and came up with a name. Seeing that it was a Gamecock board, I naturally went with "Gamecock". To set me out from the other "Gamecock"_____'s, I decided to use Smitty (Steve Smith...a Carolina Panther) and the number 4 (my number). When I decided to join this board, I figured I could use the same user name so that I would not have to keep up with several different ones. I didn't realize that my user name would offend so many people and automatically qualify me as a "raging Cock homer/Bell hater". I apologize if I offended you.

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[quote name='GamecockSmitty4' timestamp='1351978922' post='1977387']

Talk about an overreaction. Yes, I do watch the Panthers. I also disagree with your statement about him being the best offensive lineman. However, even if he was, that's not saying much. The OL is a disaster and it doesn't take much to be the best.

Ok. Tell me about your credentials about scouting talent. Because Victor Cruz was an undrafted free agent and you know that he is good now means that you are a great talent evaluator? OK. Also, show me where I said that if you go undrafted then you are not good. I didn't. Byron Bell DID go undrafted because HE was not very good. With that being said, just because one guy turned out to be a stud after not being drafted does not mean that every guy being drafted will turn out to be great. That is a logical fallacy. For every Victor Cruz, there are hundreds of guys that turn out to be nothing. There are also ma...ny who turn out to be adequate, but not great (Byron Bell- as of now). Just because [b]I don't think Bell is a franchise tackle makes me a "Bell hater"? OK[/b]

Also, show me where I even mentioned a Gamecock in my post at all. Please. I beg you. I never brought them up but you did. How does that make me a "raging Cock homer"? If you are referring to my user name then I can tell you why it is GamecockSmitty4: I joined my first message board a few years back and came up with a name. Seeing that it was a Gamecock board, I naturally went with "Gamecock". To set me out from the other "Gamecock"_____'s, I decided to use Smitty (Steve Smith...a Carolina Panther) and the number 4 (my number). When I decided to join this board, I figured I could use the same user name so that I would not have to keep up with several different ones. I didn't realize that my user name would offend so many people and automatically qualify me as a "raging Cock homer/Bell hater". I apologize if I offended you.
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The actual question was. Can he SOMEDAY? Not now, cuz that is too soon. But SOMEDAY. You seem to skip right over that fact. But keep up the good work.

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