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Grade
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  • 5.13 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 274LBS. Weight

Overview

Blessed with the combination of size and athleticism that warranted the Dallas Cowboys drafting his younger brother, former Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett, scouts are still waiting to see Michael take his game to the next level. A solid performer at either defensive end spot, Bennett has a combination of pass-rushing length and run-stopping strength on the edge. Big 12 coaches recognized Bennett's talent in 2007, when he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 despite starting only one game. Was a full-time starter in 2008 and posted statistics worthy of postseason honors (42 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two sacks), but he was not recognized.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Tall with a strong upper body and long arms. ... Can play on the strong or weak side because of his length and strength. ... Can push the tackle into the quarterback when one-on-one, using a strong bull rush. ... Uses his hands to gain an edge or rip off tackles. ... Flashes the initial burst to gain an advantage on the tackle, forcing him off-balance. ... At least adequate to adjust in close quarters and collapse laterally. ... Long arms allow him to reach ballcarriers coming through the hole. ... Can spin to get off of blocks and change direction. Negatives: A bit of a "tweener" who lacks great explosiveness off the edge and great bulk to handle double-team blocking on the power side. ... Lacks great change-of-direction skills in the open field. ... Must improve his backfield awareness to prevent losing track of the ball and getting fooled by misdirection. ... Too often blindly rushes upfield, abandoning his containment responsibilities. ... Needs an open lane to close quickly on the ballcarrier. ... Suspended for one game in 2008 for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
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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.