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Bene Benwikere,

School:  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill

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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Adequate size and build for the position with average length?smooth hips and movement skills, making easy body adjustments on the ball?heady player with quick reaction skills and anticipation?soft, reliable hands with the locating skills and ballskills to snatch interceptions?nice job setting the edge and fighting for body positioning ? physical in run support.

Competes every snap with the same aggressive temperament?displays desirable football intangibles and NFL pedigree?versatile experience in the secondary, seeing snaps at CB, NB, SS and on ST?productive resume despite only one season as the full-time starter, leaving the college ranks with 14 interceptions.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to spend more time in the weight room and develop his strength?struggles in press to reroute and hang with WRs vertically?below average straight-line speed and explosiveness ? too easily beat down the seam when lined up in the slot?opens his hips off the snap and not well-versed in his backpedal.

Too easily turned around in coverage and needs to stay balanced and alert?attacks the run, but needs to wrap consistently instead of just throwing his body around with his head and eyes down ? poor tackling technique and hesitant in space with too many whiffs?will get visibly frustrated on the field and allow mistakes to carry over or lead to penalties?minor durability concerns after a concussion in Sept. 2013, missing one game.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Benwikere played on the same high school team as Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, but was overlooked as a three-star recruit, committing to San Jose State over San Diego State, UNLV and Iowa State.

He was forced into the starting line-up as a true freshman safety when Duke Ihenacho went down with an injury, but returned to a reserve role as a sophomore in 2011. Benwikere started his junior year as a NB before becoming a starting CB, finishing tied for second in the country with seven interceptions. He recorded a personal-best 16 passes defended as a senior in 2013, adding a team-best five pick-offs and earning First Team All-conference honors for the second straight season.

Benwikere lacks elite size, speed and strength for the position, but is a cerebral football player with reliable ballskills and a knack for putting himself in proper position to make plays on the ball. He needs to be more consistent in run support to see snaps at the NFL level, but his competitive nature and versatility will give him a fighting chance ? late round option.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 5/148 - Bene' Benwikere, CB, 5-11, 195, San Jose State...The Panthers are hoping Godfrey, who's coming off a torn Achilles, can compete with Benwikere for the No. 1 nickel back role. Carolina liked Benwikere so much, they gave up their seventh-round pick and switched fifth-round selections with Minnesota to move up 20 spots. - The Sports Xchange


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