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Grade
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  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.22 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 205LBS. Weight

Overview

The SEC's career leader in receptions (236) despite leaving after his junior season, Bennett relies more of route-running, instincts and secure hands than the flashy athleticism or size that characterize most high-ranking prospects. Often characterized as one of the 2008 draft's top possession receivers, Bennett shows too much wiggle and strength in breaking tackles after the catch to be lumped into this category.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Well-built athlete for the position. ... Good overall musculature with a proportionate build throughout. ... Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Good burst in and out of his routes. ... Smart receiver who varies his speed and use head and shoulder fakes to help create separation from defenders -- even those with more natural athleticism. ... Secure hands for the reception and will body-catch, when needed, if he anticipates a big hit. ... Not afraid to go over the middle. ... Good vision, acceleration, and strength in fighting through tackles to generate positive RAC yardage. Negatives: Lacks elite overall athleticism and has only moderate deep speed. ... Has been the centerpiece of the Vanderbilt passing attack throughout his career, helping pad his statistics.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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