Michael Bennett, DT

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Centerville, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 293 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

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

STRENGTHS: Displays outstanding balance and coordination through contact to work off 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. Intensity appears to waver from snap-to-snap and he tends to give up too easily if his initial move doesn't work at the point of attack.

Bennett is a balanced athlete with excellent quickness and body control, but scouts want to see him split double teams and handle the extra attention, showing consistent effort for all four quarters.

COMPARES TO: Mike Daniels, Packers - Bennett reminds some of Daniels, who has the versatility to line up in different schemes and be at the very least a pass-rush specialist.

--Dane Brugler (11/7/14)

Player Overview

A highly active interior rusher with range and quickness, Bennett finished the 2013 season with 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. On tape, Bennett saw more snaps as the one-technique early in 2014 and often occupied multiple blockers, but he came on strong down the stretch to finish with 41/14/7.0.
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Player News
03/13/2015 - Ohio State Pro Day: Bennett (6-2, 293), who was unable to work out at the NFL Combine due to injury, pulled up on his 40-yard dash attempt with a hamstring problem. The injury forced him to withdraw from the other on-field drills and didn't help answer questions about his durability concerns. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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