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Drafted By: Jaguars
  • Round 6
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 180
5.94 ?

Draft Analysis:

Jacksonville lands one of Urban Meyer's most productive players later in the draft than many expected. He needs to become a more efficient player but he wins off the snap with his initial surge and quickness. Gus Bradley will have fun integrating him into the rotation. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 293LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands


Selected third-team All-American in 2014. Two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection (2013 and 2014). Started all 28 games over last two seasons. Had two sacks in 2014 Big Ten Championship Game and a sack in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. In 2013, had four consecutive games with a sack. Considered stubborn and belligerent after Urban Meyer became head coach in 2012. Attitude changed after 2012 once he decided he wanted to pattern his work ethic and leadership after former Buckeyes DE John Simon. Started the 2014 season wearing No. 63, but switched to No. 53 to honor the late Kosta Karageorge, a teammate and fellow defensive tackle who passed away in November. Bennett was twice selected Greater Western Ohio Conference Player of the Year in high school. Parents, Mike and Connie, both graduated from West Point and Bennett had a very disciplined, strict childhood.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.98 and 5.03 seconds
Vertical jump: 35 1/2 inches



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.


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.

Draft Projection

Round 2

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
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.