Dallas Cowboys Sign Former Bridgeton, NJ, Star Markquese Bell
Former Bridgeton Bulldogs safety Markquese Bell is headed to Dallas as the Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent as soon as the 2022 NFL Draft ended on Saturday.
The Philadelphia Eagles had interest in Bell, coming in with a strong offer, but Bell elected to go with Dallas.
The safety finished his Florida A&M career with 158 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, ten pass breakups, six interceptions, six forced fumbles, and two sacks.
At 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, Bell was projected to land in the seventh round by NFL Network draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Active, lanky safety with run support flashes but a need for better technique and body control as a tackler. 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.
Lucas ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in March.
He joins a Cowboys team that won the NFC East last season after making 95 tackles, five tackles for loss, and being named to the first-team All-SWAC at Florida A&M.
Bell is the third Cape-Atlantic League alum to land with a NFL team this weekend, joining Rutgers running back Bo Melton from Mays Landing (Cedar Creek), and Isiah Pacheco from Vineland who were both taken in the seventh round of the draft.