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Arrelious Benn (WR)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    219 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/8 in.
  • College:
    Illinois
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 7 (39)
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Pick Analysis: The Bucs trade up to grab a big-play receiver in Arrelious Benn. The former Illinois star is an exceptional runner after the catch, and his outstanding size gives Josh Freeman a big target over the middle of the field. The Bucs needed to add playmakers to their offense, and Benn has the skills to play a major role in their revamped attack.

Overview

Benn is a big receiver with above average speed who can be equally effective catching the ball underneath and in traffic or on the deep seam routes. He has good ball skills as well as leaping ability, which allows him to go up and high-point his catches when in traffic. He will struggle to track and adjust to deep balls that are thrown off target. He is a little stiff in his hips and tends to telegraph his cuts to defenders but shows a good burst coming out of his break. He needs to refine his route-running and setting defenders up but has enough talent to be a threat as a team's second receiver.


Strengths

Benn has good height, tremendous bulk and good top-end speed for a receiver. Is naturally athletic and comfortable getting the ball in a variety of ways, including in the return game. Shows good receiving skills, catches away from his body, can go up and get the jump ball and make highlight catches near the sideline. Very dangerous after the catch with his combination of size and speed.

Weaknesses

Benn is not real precise in his routes and will need a good amount of polish in this area for the next level. Is an almost unusually thick in his build for a receiver prospect and has some stiffness in his hips, which further hinders his route-running.

Grade

7.7

 

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