New Orleans Saints trade up, draft Vonn Bell with 61st pick

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Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Vonn Bell (11) reacts after a tackle against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Vonn Bell (11) reacts after a tackle against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints made a surprising trade back into the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft to select Ohio State safety Vonn Bell at 61st overall.

Vonn Bell is a solid safety with a ton of potential, but trading away a third (78th overall) and fourth-round pick (112th overall) is a very questionable move by the New Orleans Saints, who are now left with only picks for the remainder of the NFL Draft with several voids to fill.

Again, Bell is a great player.  He has the coverage skills and ball instincts to be a big playmaker in the secondary for the New Orleans Saints.

He lacks ideal size (5-foot-11, 199 pounds), and can be sluggish at times, staying away from physical situations on occasion.  But that can change in the NFL under a New Orleans Saints coaching staff that saw some adjustments and additions this offseason.

The Saints have a potential difference maker in Bell.  After Rafael Bush left for Detroit and New Orleans waived Vinnie Sunseri, safety became a big need, but was trading away two draft picks the right choice?  Only time will tell.

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