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Scouting Profile: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State


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Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma


Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon


Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU


Carl Davis, DT, Iowa


 


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Games watched: vs Alabama, vs Oregon, vs Indiana


 


The Good:


 


Powerful hand usage. Not only to swat away blockers but also to grab and pull. Makes first contact. 


 


Great burst up field. Combination of terrific first step and snap-anticipation ability.


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Technically sound player who understand leverage and hand usage. 


 


Very athletic relative to position. Ran a 4.93 at his pro day (which is probably really a 5.03). 


 


Big upside as an up-field gap-perpetrator. Prototypical under-tackle skill-set. 


 


The Bad:


 


Very small comparatively to DTs. H'es only 6'2" and around 290 lbs. 


 


Doesn't have athletic ability to ever be a dominant pass rusher. Not overly fast or quick. 


 


Not big or strong enough to anchor the line, beat double teams, or blow back blockers in the run game. He's a great run defender, don't get me wrong, but it's on the basis of shooting gaps and making the tackle, not stacking olineman. Functional strength is a minus. Doesn't really shed blocks all that well either. 


 


Doesn't use any pass rush moves. Penetration ability based purely on hand usage. 


 


Gets gassed fairly quickly. 


 


Doesn't offer and position versatility. He's a 3-tech and nothing else. 


 


Conclusion: 


 


Going in I thought I'd like Bennett a lot more than I actually did. He has upside as a 3-tech in nickel situations, but his size and lack of ideal functional strength will make any team wary of handing him a starting job.


 


NFL Comparison: Drake Nevis


Projected Round: 3rd


 


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Solid player as a gap shooter I thought but can be dominated when trying to anchor, His best fit is with a team that runs mostly a 4-3 but like you said he could work in nickel...I would pass though

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Solid player as a gap shooter I thought but can be dominated when trying to anchor, His best fit is with a team that runs mostly a 4-3 but like you said he could work in nickel...I would pass though

 

Me too. He'd be a good fit in the Dungy era. 

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