Kurt Benkert

Virginia
QB

Prospect Info

College
Virginia
Hometown
Class
Cape Coral, FL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
218 lbs
31”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.95
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
112.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.33
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Benkert changed scenery in both his high school and collegiate career, playing in three secondary schools (one in Maryland, two in Florida) before earning third-team Class 6A all-state honors as a senior with Island Coast High School. Benkert signed with East Carolina out of high school, redshirted the 2013 season there and played in three games as a reserve in 2014 (8-of-10, 58 yards, one interception). He earned the Pirates' starting quarterback job the following fall, but injured his knee and was lost for the year. Benkert did not win the job in the spring of 2015, however, so he decided to transfer to Virginia as a graduate student (he earned a degree in just three years). Cavaliers coaches put him into the starting lineup 10 times in 11 games played (56.2 completion percentage, 2,552 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions). His play as a senior opened the eyes of some NFL scouts, as he was the team's leader in all 13 games, completing 58.5 percent of his passes (298-of-509) for 3,207 yards and 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Benkert's father, Bruce, played semi-pro football until he was 41 years old. He's also a tattoo artist, but won't ink Kurt's right arm until he's done playing football.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
Gunslinger who holsters an NFL-caliber right arm, but needs to work on his marksmanship and decision making. Benkert's completion totals are disappointing on intermediate throws, deep throws, and against the blitz. He has the arm talent to make all the throws but hasn't shown signs of becoming accurate enough to ever been anything more than a backup at best.
Strengths
  • Decent NFL size with a lively arm
  • Has ability to drive the ball with good velocity
  • Has enough arm talent to fit throws into tight windows
  • Quick plant and gun when seam target comes open
  • Comfortable attacking outside the numbers
  • Can fling it 45 yards down the field with a flick of the wrist while rolling right
  • Confident in his downfield challenges when his receiver gets a step on deep routes
  • Hurt by excessive drop total by his targets
  • Climbs the pocket with eyes up the field
  • Competitive scrambler with quick feet to elude pocket pressure
Weaknesses
  • Throws with a low release point
  • Lacks natural accuracy and placement on simple throws
  • Poor completion rates on intermediate and deep balls
  • Needs to alter trajectory on some throws
  • Uncomfortable and inconsistent when throwing in the middle of the field
  • Tries to drive passes through a clutter of defenders
  • Needs to value possession of the football
  • Decision making can be puzzling at best on some turnovers
  • Failed to complete even 40 percent of his passes when forced to scramble
  • Gets into staring contests with receivers bringing underneath coverage to the party
  • Late to recognize blitzes and doesn't have a plan to counter
Sources Tell Us

"There is almost no in-between with him. It's either a big-armed throw that whistles in there between defenders or it's something stupid that turns into an interception or near interception. I love the arm, but I don't know that I would ever trust him to play and everybody you draft might play." -- NFC team director of scouting

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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