Michael Bennett, DT

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Centerville, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 293 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

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Player Overview

A four-star defensive tackle recruit out of high school, Bennett held offers from Notre Dame, Michigan and USC, but ultimately decided to stay in his home state and enroll at Ohio State.

He played sparingly as a reserve true freshman in 2011, but finished second on the team with 3.0 sacks. Despite missing the first four games of his sophomore season due to injury, Bennett was a valuable contributor in the second half, especially when John Simon was hurt. He became a full-time starter in 2013 as a junior and finished among the team leaders in tackles for loss (11.5), sacks (7.0) and forced fumbles (3), earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors.

Bennett started all 15 games for the National Champion Buckeyes in 2014, finishing with 41 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and three forced fumbles, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. He received an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl, but was unable to participate due to injury.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Above average initial quickness to beat blockers to gaps...very good coordination for the position with controlled footwork to collect himself and flatten to make backfield stops...stays low with the hip and lower body flexibility to redirect his momentum in a flash - constantly moving, making him a tough player for blockers to square up...keeps his feet through contact with the secondary quickness to work off blocks and still be a factor.

Strong grip to latch-and-pull, using his length and rip moves to attack blockers...improved leg drive at the point of attack with natural leverage to work underneath the pads of blockers...developed backfield vision with the ball awareness to sniff out screens and recognize offensive tendencies...feisty demeanor and plays with a chip on his shoulder - coachable and well-mannered off the field...knack for poking the ball out with seven career forced fumbles...good backfield production with 31.5 tackles for loss and 18.0 sacks in his career, playing at his best when his team needed him.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal body girth with a light lower body - needs to keep his weight at 295 pounds...doesn't play with sand in his pants or consistent base strength...can be knocked off-balance too easily when his pads rise at the line of scrimmage...not a people mover and lacks the overwhelming strength to bully, struggling to push the pocket and relying on knifing through gaps...needs to show more shock at the point of attack with his hands and improve his placement technique.

Intensity will waver at different points in the game with a bad habit of surrendering if his initial move at the point of attack is ineffective...minor durability concerns, missing the first four games of 2012 with a groin strain and battled through a right groin pull during the 2015 College Football Playoffs - didn't participate in the 2015 Senior Bowl or NFL Scouting Combine due to the groin injury.

In Our View: The son of parents who each graduated from West Point, Bennett played both the three- and one-technique positions at Ohio State, starting 30 games over his career. His initial quickness and fluid movement skills are his best assets, but he can be controlled by single blockers and lacks the natural power to work through bodies. Although he can play above his measureables, Bennett needs to turn those flashes into consistency, struggling to answer if he doesn't win off first movement and blockers are able to take away angles. He has starting potential as a three-technique in a 4-3 scheme, but is likely limited to that role in the NFL - good value in the mid-to-late second round.

--Dane Brugler

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 6/180 - Michael Bennett, DT, 6-2, 293, Ohio State...The Jaguars' belief is that you can never have enough good defensive linemen. That's why they latched onto Bennett in the sixth round, several rounds after where the Buckeyes standout was projected to go. One of the reasons for the fall is that Bennett is limited to playing a three-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Teams who play a 3-4 probably didn't give him much of a look. But he'll fit into the Jaguars' defensive front just fine which is why general manager Dave Caldwell made him the first interior defensive lineman selection in his three-year tenure with the Jaguars. Bennett brings some smarts with him to the Jaguars. One report said he scored a 43 on the 50-question Wonderlic test. - The Sports Xchange


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