Photo of Martellus Bennett
Grade
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  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'7" Height
  • 248LBS. Weight

Overview

This former Texas high school basketball star does not play like one on the football field. Bennett's not the fastest tight end in this draft, but the combination of his receiving and blocking skills are what make him coveted by NFL teams. There are probably few college tight ends in recent history who have averaged four catches (49 for 587 yards and four touchdowns) and more than five knockdown blocks (67) per game.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Very tall with long arms and big hands. ... Lines up in the slot, in motion and on the line. ... Adjusts well to poorly thrown balls. ... Stays down coming out of stance to get a release. ... Not just a receiver, he's good enough in-line to handle defensive ends and linebackers. ... Releases downfield quickly, even when chipping an end on the way out. ... Gets pads down to make it more difficult to tackle him in the open field. ... Fights for extra yardage. Negatives: Lacks great straight-line speed needed to get separation from NFL linebackers and safeties. ... Not sudden into or out of breaks, and will round them off. ... Does not always secure the ball. ... Uses body to catch the ball at times. ... Doesn't always adjust to late-coming blitzers in pass protection."
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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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