Photo of Caleb Benenoch
Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 5
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 148

Combine Results

Grade
5.3 ?
  • 4.98 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 104.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5.11 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Addressing your offensive line is never a bad idea after selecting your franchise QB with the first overall pick. Benenoch has experience at both guard and tackle and should provide immediate depth at both. He projects as a fringe starter down the line. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 305LBS. Weight

Overview

The son of two Nigerian ministers started his football career accidentally, and his mother thought she had signed him up for soccer when he was nine after they moved to Katy, Texas from Nigeria. Had she known how football-crazy their new home was, she probably would have known better. But it all worked out great for Benenoch, whose build is much better suited for the gridiron than the pitch. The Bruins convinced the four-star recruit to leave Texas for southern California, and rewarded him with immediate playing time. He started the last nine games of his true freshman season at right tackle, garnering second-team All-American notice and the team’s Rookie of the Year award on offense. Benenoch was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 as a sophomore, starting all 13 games at right tackle, and then proved invaluable in his versatility as a junior, starting nine times at tackle and four at guard. NFL teams will differ on whether his best fit is inside or outside at the next level, but either way his talent is worth an investment.


Pro Day Results


Bench: 25 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Plays with good knee bend. Above average athlete with long arms. Has lateral quickness off the snap to put himself in position for difficult zone blocks. Able to get to backside cut­off blocks when his angles are right. Has feet to mirror in space in pass protection. Aggressive worker with some recovery athleticism to work himself back into the play. Bumped inside to guard due to injury issues on team and handled his duties effectively.

Weaknesses

Has thin hips and lack of natural base. Lacks core strength and functional power to pin blocks to completion once he gains advantage. Way too much waist-­bending as a tackle. Leans into pass rushers opening up balance concerns. Needs to bring hands back inside with his punch. Opens the gate early in pass pro and tends to overreact when shifting his weight to defend against bursts upfield or back inside.

Draft Projection

Round 3

Bottom Line

Athletic prospect with some roster value as a tackle or guard, but concerns about his play strength could be an issue at either spot. Benenoch's tape at guard may have been better than his tackle tape, but moving inside requires more mass and power. Benenoch has the makeup of an NFL backup with potential to work into a lineup for a zone­-scheme team.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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