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Bill Bentley

| | College: La.-Lafayette
 
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Overview

Bentley gained attention at Florida's Pahokee High, which won three state championships with the help of Bentley and teammate Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama, fourth-ranked cornerback in this draft).

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, and his aggressiveness was on display 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-yard time of 4.43 at the Scouting Combine. However, 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.

Analysis

Strengths: Natural coverage skills. Quick and plays with the confidence and aggression needed at the position.

Weaknesses: Obviously level of competition concerns. Could use more bulk on his slight frame.

2011 Season

Bentley was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection in 2011 after posting 71 tackles, including five tackles for loss. He added six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. He returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns, including a 38-yard "pick-six" against Oklahoma State. The Pahokee, Fla., native leaves Lafayette, La. with 232 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He has seven career interceptions and 20 pass breakups to his credit in 44 career starts.

2010 Season

Started 11 games at cornerback, missing the ASU game (ankle injury) … Ranked fourth overall, second among defensive backs, in tackles … Led all players in solo stops and was second in breakups … Made at least four tackles in 10 games … Collected an interception vs. MT and returned it 15 yards … Posted 1.5 tackles-for-loss and 0.5 sacks at NT … Made a career-high 10 tackles vs. FIU … Recorded three pass break-ups vs. #22 Oklahoma State.

2009 Season

2009 Honors: Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Bentley led all Cajuns defensive backs in tackles and ranked fourth on the team with 58 tackles … He tied for the team lead with three interceptions, while breaking-up five passes … Bentley, who had the sixth most interceptions in the Sun Belt, returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown vs. North Texas and produced a defensive extra point vs. Florida Atlantic … He ranked 35th in tackles in the SBC and had a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble vs. Troy.

2008 Season

Played in all 12 games, starting the first 10 games at cornerback … Ranked sixth on the team in tackles … Recovered a fumble at NT that led to a Cajuns touchdown … Posted a career-high nine-tackles at NT … Had 39 tackles through the first seven games of the season, including 29 solo stops.

2007 Season

Enrolled in class for the Spring 2008 semester … Redshirted in only season at Dodge City and has four years of eligibility.

High School

Considered a shutdown cornerback in high school … Had six interceptions during senior year … Led all defensive backs with 25 tackles as a senior … All-Area First Team … All-State Second Team … Helped Pahokee High School win three Florida Class 2A state championships.

Personal

Born May 16, 1989 … Son of Andrea Bentley.

 
 
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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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