Michael Bennett, DT

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Centerville, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 293 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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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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02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 49/7. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State, 6-2, 288, 4.96, 2...Bennett is a hyperactive defensive tackle with range, quickness and the mental discipline one might expect from somebody whose parents both graduated from West Point. Bennett capped a complete, four-year career with 35 tackles and six sacks in 2014 to follow up a 2013 season in which he collected 44 tackles, 11.5 for a loss and 7.5 sacks. Although he lacks great strength to throw blockers aside, Bennett relies on quick, decisive moves to slide between opponents and persistence that gives him range to do damage even when the play doesn't come his way. Bennett missed four games in 2012 with a groin injury, otherwise his opponents took more of a beating than he did. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange


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