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Bills Agree to Terms w/ 7th Round Pick Bell

The Bills today signed 7th round draft pick Demetrius Bell. Selected 219th overall out of Louisiana’s Northwestern State in the draft in April, Bell started 22 consecutive games over his final two college seasons. He is considered a work-in-progress with the Bills after he got a late start in football. Bell, listed at 6-foot-5 and 303 pounds, first played basketball at Northwestern before switching to football in August 2005. The Bills drafted him on the belief that Bell can gradually develop at the NFL level.

Here is the overview on Bell from

Initially a basketball scholarship athlete at Northwestern State, Bell had never played football, at any level, before August 2005. He never played offensive tackle until three weeks before the 2006 season opener at Kansas, followed immediately by a visit to Baylor. He was the Demons’ offensive line MVP at Kansas, in the first of 22 consecutive starts at left tackle in his final two seasons with Northwestern State.

During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, in addition to a rigorous Football Championship Subdivision schedule, Bell and the Demons played Kansas, Baylor, Mississippi (both seasons) and Texas Tech, giving him a chance to compete against college football’s highest level.

Meanwhile, he was one of only four Division I athletes to play basketball and football in 2007. He signed a basketball scholarship and played his first three seasons in basketball for the Demons, playing in 88 games, starting six contests, for a highly-successful mid-major program that beat Iowa in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and played for the 2007 Southland Conference championship, missing on a return to the NCAA Tournament by four points.

Bell was an All-State and honorable mention All-American basketball standout at tiny Summerfield High School, which did not field a football team. He had always entertained the dream of playing football in high school, but would have had to transfer to a larger school a few miles away and leave behind his classmates (senior class of 13) and lifelong friends to do so.

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