Photo of Michael Bennett
Grade
5.96 ?
  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 293LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Great burst off snap, coming in low and looking to disrupt. Is always first with his hands. Good arm length for a player his height. Violent, active hands are his calling card. Uses powerful hands to snatch and pull guards off their spot. Gets initial pop and arm extension to stay clean and can shed. Plays with terrific technique. Has shoulder turn to make himself skinny and shoot gaps. Constantly changing angles post- snap, making it tough for linemen to get clean, sustained blocks on him. Tougher against double teams than most interior linemen his size. Efficient arm-over move to defeat centers quickly. Is usually in control of the battle from snap to snap. Considered a team leader.

Weaknesses

Inconsistent motor at times, but that might be more fatigue-oriented rather than an effort issue. Will charge in headfirst and lose sight of running back. Sometimes defaults to garden variety hand-fighting when pass rush stalls. Can lose gas with too much wasted motion as a pass rusher -- especially as a three-technique. Pass rush is tied to hands and winning early, so he must develop a counter move. Had a better junior season than senior. Lacks power and girth in his lower half.

NFL Comparison

Mike Daniels

Bottom Line

Bennett is a disciplined, intelligent player who is a fit for teams looking for an upfield disruptor. He relies on his initial burst, hand usage and technique to win at the point of attack. Bennett has the potential to dominate sluggish or weak guards, but might have issues with true power guards in the NFL.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.