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2015 NFL DRAFT

Michael Bennett, DT

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Centerville, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 288 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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1311

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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STRENGTHS: Displays outstanding balance and coordination through contact to work of blocks and keep his feet to be a factor in plays. He "wins" with quickness out of his stance and uses his leverage, leg drive and strong grip to latch-and-rip past blockers and penetrate the backfield.

Uses his high motor and backfield vision to put himself in position to make a play, allowing his controlled footwork and smooth hips to do the rest. Bennett has improved backfield vision with the controlled footwork and change of direction skills that is uncommon for the position, allowing him to play up and down the line of scrimmage.

WEAKNESSES: Isn't a people mover and lacks overwhelming strength to bully, struggling to shock blockers with his hands at the point of attack.

COMPARES TO: Mike Daniels, Packers - Viewed as a solid top 50 prospect and maybe the top senior at his position, Bennett reminds me some of Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels, who has the versatility to line up in different schemes and be at the very least a pass rush specialist.

--Dane Brugler (8/5/14)

Player Overview

The defensive line is the strength of the Buckeyes' defense and Bennett is the senior member of the group with 15 starts under his belt entering his senior season. He is a highly active interior rusher with range and quickness, finishing the 2013 season with 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and three forced fumbles.
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08/08/2014 - Ohio State's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. DT Michael Bennett, Senior...The defensive line is the strength of the Buckeyes' defense and Bennett is the senior member of the group with 15 starts under his belt entering his senior season. He is a highly active interior rusher with range and quickness, finishing the 2013 season with 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. Bennett displays outstanding balance and coordination through contact to work of blocks and keep his feet to be a factor in plays.

He "wins" with quickness out of his stance and uses his leverage, leg drive and strong grip to latch-and-rip past blockers and penetrate the backfield. Bennett isn't a people mover and lacks overwhelming strength to bully, struggling to shock blockers with his hands at the point of attack. But he uses his high motor and backfield vision to put himself in position to make a play, allowing his controlled footwork and smooth hips to do the rest. Viewed as a solid top-50 prospect and maybe the top senior at his position, Bennett reminds me some of Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels who has the versatility to line up in different schemes and be at the very least a pass rush specialist. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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