Darius Bell Interview
Sr. / UCLA / WR
Updated - 3-20-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Darius Bell: 5'11'' 205lbs, 4.5.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Darius Bell: UCLA
Alex Khvatov: Describe your recent Pro Day. Were you happy with the results?
Darius Bell: Unfortunately, I didn't participate in the Pro Day.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths on the football field?
Darius Bell: My quickness, knowledge of defenses and hands of course.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Darius Bell: Top end speed is the number one thing that I'm trying to improve right now.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career up to this point?
Darius Bell: Beating USC twice. It was a big accomplishment as a program.
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what schools showed interest in you?
Darius Bell: Washington, Nevada, UCLA, Louisville, Colorado and Oregon. I ended up committing to Montana State to play QB.
Alex Khvatov: How did you wind up at a community college?
Darius Bell: I went to Montana State out of high school, but I felt like my talent level was better than Division I-AA and that I belonged playing Division I. I also wanted to play on a bigger stage.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to transfer to UCLA?
Darius Bell: I chose UCLA because of the combination of the pistol offensive scheme and Norm Chow was our QB coach there at the time. He had a lot of success with QB's in the past. I also grew up watching the USC vs. UCLA rivalries.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your senior season.
Darius Bell: My senior year was a good season, but not up to my standards. I was hurt for five games, and it didn't go the way I had envisioned it. But as a team, we did well and that made it worthwhile.
Alex Khvatov: How has Jim Mora Jr. been able to turn the UCLA program around so quickly?
Darius Bell: He is a blue-collar type of guy and is a player's coach. He was big on discipline and accountability. He held everybody on the team accountable for their actions. It is a combination of all of those things. Coach Mora and the coaching staff turned around the mentality of the program.
Alex Khvatov: Were you impressed with Anthony Barr’s pro day? How good of an NFL player do you think that he will be?
Darius Bell: Absolutely, he had a great Pro Day with his 4.45 40 and his bench reps. He is not a finished product, but I'll think he'll be a great NFL player. How he made the move from RB to LB is astonishing. Anthony has lots of potential because he's such a hard worker not only on the field, but also in the film room and that makes a difference.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Darius Bell: The Saints have always been my team, but whomever I play for will be my new favorite team.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Darius Bell: Since I moved to wide receiver, I have to say Wes Welker. I like the way he plays every Sunday. He's not a top end speed guy but his quickness, hands and knowledge of the game make him a solid receiver. I think my game resembles his.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?
Darius Bell: Definitely Brett Hundley. He has all the physical tools that the NFL looks for in a QB. He is a big quarterback with a strong arm, and he's mobile. He can also make plays with his feet. With him, it's like we were playing 12 on 11.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing receiver?
Darius Bell: I enjoy the challenge. It's still a fairly new position to me, but it’s a challenge that I think I've met. I would also love the opportunity to continue to meet it.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest CB that you have faced over your career?
Darius Bell: Playing in the slot, I was mostly covered by safeties or nickel backs. But if I had to pick, I'd say Jordan Poyer from Oregon St. He's currently on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Alex Khvatov: What has your older brother told you about the NFL?
Darius Bell: Main thing he said is that everyone is talented. But what separates everyone is how hard they work not only on the field, but in the film room.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Darius Bell: Relaxing stuff like playing video games, watching movies and taking an occasional stroll.
Alex Khvatov: What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far?
Darius Bell: My pops always said, "A man that lives fully is ready to die at any moment." Taught me that if you live life to the fullest and take of advantage of every moment, you'll have no regrets.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Darius Bell: I don't think that I will be able to stay away from the game and I want to help kids, so I plan on coaching college football. Coaches have such a profound impact on a kid’s life and I want to be that positive impact.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Darius Bell is…
Darius Bell: Perseverance.
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