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2015 NFL DRAFT

Bill Bentley, CB

School: La.-Lafayette  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pahokee, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 182 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
80112-3
Latest News
04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 3/85 - Dwight (Bill) Bentley, CB, 5-10, 182, Louisiana-Lafayette...On the field, he's an aggressive, smooth-moving cover corner. He reminds them of Aaron Berry, who will probably be the starting right cornerback next season. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - CB Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette -- A speedy and fluid man cornerback who more than held his own against high-level competition at the Senior Bowl and fits a big need for the Lions.

03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: Dwight "Bill" Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette, 5-10, 182...Bentley gained attention at Florida's Pahokee High, which won three state championships with the help of Bentley and teammate Janoris Jenkins. Bentley is quick, confident and courageous, but may need to add a little beef to hold up in the NFL. He shows natural coverage skills but his aggressiveness which he showed in abundance during Senior Bowl practices where he looked good against bigger receivers. He confirmed he has the speed to play at the next level with an unofficial 40 time of 4.43 at the scouting combine. But his 31.5-inch vertical jump was disappointing because at his height, he will need all the hops he can get against big NFL receivers. His career stats included 232 total tackles, 13 for a loss, 1.5 sacks, seven interceptions and 20 passes broken up. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - Two of the four cornerbacks on the New England roster, Kyle Arrington and Antwaun Molden, were small-school products, the former from Hofstra and the latter from Eastern Kentucky. Neither was drafted by the Patriots, but both of them played significant roles for the 2011 team, and acknowledged during the week preceding Super Bowl XLVI that the size of the school doesn't matter if you've got cover skills. "The way the game is played now, they'll find you," said Arrington, who despite being waived four times previously before hooking up with the Pats, tied for the NFL lead in interceptions (seven) in 2011. "Maybe some of us don't have as much technique yet," said Bentley, who performed pretty well in Senior Bowl practices, displayed decent hips and good closing speed and projects as a middle-round choice. "But I think the thing you have to have is good instinct ... and that has nothing to do with the size of the school." - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/27/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL RISERS: Dwight Bentley, CB, La.-Lafayette: Although he was a late injury replacement, Bentley had a strong performance during Senior Bowl practices and it could be argued he helped himself in the eyes of scouts more than any player in Mobile. He is a fluid athlete with quick, explosive footwork to redirect smoothly in his transition and look natural in his backpedal. Bentley is a tad undersized with a lean, wiry build at 5-10 and 176 pounds, but he stayed physical all week, competing with bigger, stronger receivers. He is obviously most comfortable in off-coverage where he can use his athleticism to react to the play, but that didn't stop him from putting his hands on receivers just enough to keep them from separating. Bentley has solid ballskills with a knack for using his speed to return interceptions for positive gains -- seven career interceptions, three returned for scores, averaging 28.3 yards per interception return. Bentley was thought to be a mid-round pick based on his natural athleticism, but he looked much more polished than expected during practices and could sneak into the top-75 picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/26/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL THURSDAY: Perhaps the biggest riser among senior cornerbacks is Dwight Bentley out of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has a lean, wiry build at 5-10 and 176 pounds, but has hasn't backed down at all, staying physical and competing with bigger, stronger receivers. Bentley is obviously most comfortable playing in off-coverage where he can rely on his athleticism, but that hasn't stopped him from putting his hands on receivers just enough keep them from separating. After an inconsistent senior campaign, Bentley needed a strong week here and he has exceeded expectations so far. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL TUESDAY: CB Dwight Bentley, UL-Lafayette: One could argue that the top cornerback from either practice on Tuesday was Bentley, a late add out of Louisiana-Lafayette. At 5-9, 176 pounds, he doesn't look like much physically, but he has quick feet with nice burst to drive on the ball. Bentley is very fluid throughout his frame and looks natural in his backpedal. He is a prospect to watch moving forward. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/19/2011 - 2011 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: Dwight "Bill" Bentley (Louisiana-Lafayette, DB, Sr.), has been selected All-Sun Belt Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season. Bentley, a two-time All-SBC honoree, stepped up as one of the top shutdown corners and leads the SBC with two "pick sixes" helping Louisiana tie a 40-year old NCAA record with seven on the season. He is tied for fifth in the SBC with three interceptions. Two of his interceptions came against Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden who has been tabbed one of the top rated quarterbacks in the nation. His 50 solo tackles ranks ninth in the SBC while he ranks fifth in the SBC in passes defended. - ULL football

12/17/2011 - Scouting the Louisiana-Lafayette pass defense: The secondary has seven interceptions returned for touchdowns this season, which is tied for second in FBS history with Tennessee's 1971 squad. Only Southern Miss's 2011 team (eight) has had more in a single season. The Cajuns are second in the league in interceptions (14) but seventh in passing defense (248.7 yards per game). Kelley, CB Dwight "Bill" Bentley and S Jemarlous Moten have three interceptions apiece. Bentley and Moten have scored twice on INT returns. The Cajuns can make big plays but have given some up, too. - The Sports Xchange

12/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Dwight "Bill" Bentley is the top player in a playmaking secondary, so his stats aren't overly impressive as opponents rarely throw to his side of the ball. The senior has returned two of his three interceptions this season for touchdowns. He also has 65 tackles, nine passes defended and two forced fumbles and is considered to be an NFL prospect. Bentley dislocated his shoulder in a Nov. 26 loss at Arizona, but coach Mark Hudspeth said the senior could be back for the bowl game on Dec. 17. - The Sports Xchange

09/18/2011 - A blocked field goal return for a touchdown and a 41-yard interception return for a TD helped propel Louisiana-Lafayette to a 38-21 victory over Nicholls State Saturday night. What began as a 14-14 first-quarter shootout changed midway through the second quarter, when Melvin White returned a blocked field goal 68 yards to give the Ragin' Cajuns (2-1) the lead for good, 21-14. Early in the third quarter, Dwight Bentley intercepted a LaQuint Caston pass and raced 41 yards to score. Caston's two touchdown passes helped keep Nicholls State (1-2) in the game, drawing the Colonels within 28-21 late in the third quarter. He finished with 100 yards passing. But Brett Baer's 49-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter gave Louisiana-Lafayette a 10-point cushion. Blaine Gautier, the backup quarterback, came off the bench and hit Javone Lawson for a 60-yard touchdown pass to clinch it. - AP Sports

09/09/2011 - CB Dwight Bentley garnered national attention after logging the second multi-interception game of his career and scoring on a 38-yard interception return against Oklahoma State. The senior earned College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Back Performer of the Week honors. His interception return was No. 2 on ESPN SportsCenter's top 10 plays. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Last week the Cajuns forced three takeaways, all interceptions of Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden. CB Dwight "Bill" Bentley and S Jemarlous Moten both scored on interception returns. But the defense got burned for 666 yards of total offense, including 458 in the air. The 61 points were the most allowed by the Cajuns since 2001. LB Lance Kelley had a team-high nine tackles, all solo stops. DE Bernard Smith added a sack. PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Dwight Bentley - The senior logged the second multi-interception game of his career with two picks last week. He returned an interception in the second quarter 38 yards for a touchdown and notched another pick in the third quarter. - The Sports Xchange

 
Latest News
04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 3/85 - Dwight (Bill) Bentley, CB, 5-10, 182, Louisiana-Lafayette...On the field, he's an aggressive, smooth-moving cover corner. He reminds them of Aaron Berry, who will probably be the starting right cornerback next season. - The Sports Xchange

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