Benny Snell

Kentucky
RB

Prospect Info

College
Kentucky
Hometown
Class
Westerville, OH
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
224 lbs
31”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.34
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 4 ‧ Pick 20
40 Yard Dash
4.66u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.07
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.33
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Snell has running back talent in his genes. His father, Benjamin, was a running back at Ohio Northern and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 1998. His great uncle, Matt, was a well-known back for the New York Jets who was a big part of the team's upset win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III (30 rushes, 121 yards). Benny, Jr. started building his own resume at Westerville High School in Ohio, rushing for nearly 4,000 yards over his last two seasons and earning Division I All-Ohio honors. Kentucky coaches saw that talent and played him in all 13 games (one start) in tandem with Stanley "Boom" Williams in 2016. He was a Freshman All-American and All-Freshman SEC pick that year, running for 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns on 186 carries (5.9 average). Snell took the lead role in the backfield as a sophomore, starting all 13 games and receiving second-team All-SEC recognition after leading the conference with 262 carries for 1,333 yards (5.1 average) and 19 touchdowns. Snell was the third SEC back to exceed 1,300 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in his first two seasons (Herschel Walker, Knowshon Moreno) and he did it again as a junior. He ranked in the top 10 nationally with 1,449 yards, 16 receiving scores, and 289 carries (5.0 average) to earn Associated Press third-team All-American notice and first-team All-SEC honors. Despite leaving a season early, Snell finished his career as the Wildcat's all-time leading rusher.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
David Cobb
Overview
Downhill grinder with an ability to create for himself with his vision and power, but lacking desired level of elusiveness and burst as an NFL runner. Snell is a touchdown hog whose scores were often earned and rarely given. Teams will like his toughness, size and instincts, but he must improve has blitz pickup to counter his athletic limitations. He needs to find the right fit to become an average RB2/RB3.
Strengths
  • Compact frame
  • Patient in letting blocks develop
  • Eyes are quick and decisive in finding his lane
  • Subtleties in footwork increase efficiency as a runner
  • Doesn't gain much ground with jump-cut, but it works
  • Creates additional running room with preemptive fakes in open field
  • Strong base powers through arm tackles with ease
  • Steadies through angle contact and falls forward as finisher
  • Touchdown monster with 48 over three years
  • Above-average catch radius out of the backfield.
Weaknesses
  • Tightly bundled in his lower half
  • Runs with heavy feet when working in tight quarters
  • Below-average lateral quickness and change of direction
  • Stalls when there is no point of entry
  • Has trouble getting geared back up once he slows his feet
  • Unable to squeeze through the crevices
  • Very average burst through line of scrimmage
  • No breakaway speed
  • Needs better posture, balance and hands in pass pro.
Sources Tell Us

"Try-hard running back who can wear down defenses. He had a role at Kentucky and filled it." -- Regional scout with NFC team

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GRADE
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