Photo of Dwight Bentley
Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 3
  • Pick 22
  • Overall 85

Combine Results

Grade
73.5 ?
  • 4.43 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.99 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.11 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "I thought he had a better Senior Bowl week than what I saw on tape. He's quicker than he is fast, and he raised his stock."

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 182LBS. Weight
  • 8" Hands

Overview

Bentley, a four-year starter at Louisiana-Lafayette, is a classic, undersized corner from a small school who has the athletic ability to contend for an NFL roster spot. He will be downgraded for his size and the relatively low caliber of competition that he faced in college, but he is very quick and instinctive. He would be a good option for a team that wants to engender a competition at the cornerback position in training camp. He could have trouble in man-to-man coverage, but he is a good athlete and a team might take a flier on him in one of the later rounds of the draft to see if he can continue to develop.

Analysis

Strengths

Bentley's athleticism shows whenever the ball is thrown near him. He can jump and adjust his body to make plays, and is very natural when working on the line of scrimmage and in zone coverage. He drives his foot aggressively and moves toward the ball when working the flats in Cover-2 formation. He is a "blanketer" at the top of routes, good at staying with his man to contest passes.

Weaknesses

Bentley's struggles with man-to-man coverage in college could be a huge issue for him in the NFL. At Louisiana-Lafayette, Bentley played a lot of zone coverage, which didn't require him to use his footwork or handle receivers on his own as much as he would be asked to do in a man-to-man scheme. He is also basically a non-entity with regard to run defense. Because of his size, he struggles to play with physicality. This could hamper his pro career, given that he will undoubtedly have to be a special-teams player in order to stick early on.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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