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Former Oakcrest Standout Brandon Bell Signs with Bengals

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Former Penn State Nittany Lions LB Brandon Bell, a Oakcrest grad, signed with the Bengals. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Oakcrest high alum Brandon Bell is getting a chance to extend his football career.  

The 2013 graduate, who played his college call at Penn State went undrafted, but has hooked on with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent.

Bell, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker, was the captain of the Penn State defense, making 88 total tackles, four sacks, two picks, three forced fumbles and five passes defensed as a senior in just nine games, due to an injury for the Nittany Lions.

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During his four years in Happy Valley, Bell was a very productive player, racking up 203 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and six passes broken up. He has a nose for the football and good speed and plays with great awareness on the football field. He is a very technically sound player, very good tackler and can cover better than you would expect.  

Some of the things that may have caused him to be undrafted, injuries. He missed six games in two seasons with injuries and doesn’t have great ability to get off tackles. However, even with these issues, Bell was one of the top producers on the Penn State defense during his collegiate career and could land a home with a 4-3 NFL defense.

A former high school running back, Bell should stick around the NFl as a special teams player and capable tackler in a backup role.

The former Falcons star took pre-draft visits with the Philadelphia Eagles, among other teams. 


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