2023 Senior Bowl Player Spotlight: Michigan WR Ronnie Bell


Michigan wide receiver Ronnie Bell was at the 2023 Senior Bowl to showcase his talents as he looks to take the next step to the NFL. In 2022, Bell started 14 games for the Wolverines and was named to the All-Big-Ten Second Team. On the season, he recorded 62 receptions for 899 yards and four touchdowns. He went for six receptions and 135 yards against TCU in the College Football Playoff.

According to PFF, Bell lined up in the slot 317 times and out wide 426 times, so he has some versatility at the wideout position. Bell is 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. According to SIS, he had an on-target catch percentage of 84.1% and a drop rate of 6.3%. His yards per target was at 8.9.

I was able to interview Bell after practice last Wednesday and asked him about his leadership traits.

“I definitely feel like I bring juice, and you know, definitely holding everybody to it, especially in the NFL,” he said. “We all got game. We all gonna be growing, and it was definitely like that in the Michigan room as well. So many great wide receivers. That’s what makes it the most fun. That’s what makes it the most competitive is holding everybody to being the best they can be on every single rep throughout practice, throughout games, and even in the film room.”

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I also asked him about his performance in practice that day, and he was happy with it, but also showed the ability to be aware he needs to continue to grow and learn.

“I thought I had a good day,” he explained. “Better than [Tuesday]. I think I put two balls on the ground so I can’t have that.”

Bell played in a great system in Michigan under head coach John Harbaugh. He had success at the college level and has played in big games, especially this past season when Michigan had to knock off Ohio State and was one of the four teams in the College Football Playoff. Bell looks to continue his path to the NFL and will take part in the NFL Scouting Combine in a few weeks. His long arms and his stronger frame are advantages for him to take his game to the next level. Drops were an issue in college, and it showed sometimes in practice during the Senior Bowl, but he was aware in my interview and wants to clean it up.