Vonn Bell is a professional NFL player who began playing as a safety for the New Orleans Saints in 2016 after being called up by the team as 61st in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Previously, Bell played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he intercepted nine career passes in his three seasons with the team, including six in his second season, two fumble recoveries, two defensive touchdowns, and a sack.
Who Is Vonn Bell? – Bio
The Tennessee-born American was born on December 12, 1994, by Vanessa and Vencent Bell as Vonn Christian Bell. He attended two high schools: Chattanooga Central High School, Harrison, Tennessee, and Ridgeland High School, Rossville, Georgia, and played soccer in both schools.
At Chatanooga, he received all the district honors, and during his graduation season at Ridgeland he led the school team to the Georgia Class AAAA State Championship, but unfortunately lost to Sandy Creek. He would be number 2 in the country for safety. Scout.com, Rivals.com, and 247 Sports all rated him 5 stars. ESPN rated him as a 4-star recruit and the 50th best player in the country.
He was also selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in 2013. In the same year, he joined Ohio State University, where he played thirteen games as a rookie. His first career start, however, was in January 2014 at the Discover Orange Bowl, where he also recorded the first interception in his college career.
In his second season, he became a full-time starter and recorded ninety-one tackles, six interceptions in fifteen games. He played in the 2015 National College Football Playoff Championship and recorded six tackles and one sack in the game against Oregon that ended in victory.
Bell attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, but skipped the exercises due to a hamstring injury he sustained while playing in college. He chose to meet with several team representatives and have his weights and measurements taken.
He later participated in the Ohio State Pro Day and completed the 40-yard, 20-yard, and 10-yard strikes, including the vertical drills. Vonn Bell also participated in private training sessions and visited several teams including the Buffalo Bills, the Atlanta Falcons, the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Tennessee Titans, the Los Angeles Rams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and many others.
Both the ESPN and NFL design analyst, Mike Mayock, ranked it second best security prospect in the draft. DraftScout.com rated it third best security, while Sports Illustrated rated it eleventh best defensive back.
Other experts and scouts projected him a second-round pick in the second round of the draft, and that projection was correct as the New Orleans Saints would line him up in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The franchise traded this third-round pick (78th in total) and a fourth-round pick (112th in total) for the New England Patriots to give Voon Bell a second-round pick in the 61st round of the NFL Draft.
On May 10, 2016, he sealed the four-year contract for $3.97 million with the franchise. The contract came with the signing of a contract for $1.08 million. In the training camp, he competed with Jairus Byrd for the free safety start, and head coach Sean Payton would later appoint him to the free safety start behind Byrd for the regular season.
Bell played all sixteen games with New Orleans as a rookie and started 13 of them. He was second on the team in the Tackles and looked like a key figure in rebuilding a struggling Saints secondary.
In the following season (2017) he also led the team in the Tackles and became an important part of the team’s defensive improvement, which fitted perfectly into Coach Allen’s aggressive philosophy. Voon was also the second in the team with 4.5 bags.
Vonn Bell played sixteen games in his second season with the Saints and started ten of them. He finished the season with eighty-three combined tackles (62 solos), 2 passes, and 4.5 bags.
He was awarded an overall score of 68.7 by Pro Football Focus, making him the 65th best safe in 2017.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
The Star of the Saint of New Orleans stands at a height of 5 ft 10 in (1.80 m) and weighs 94 kg (208 lbs). His arm length is 323/8 inches and his hand size is 9½ inches.