Michael Bennett draft profile
Michael Bennett- Defensive Tackle- Ohio State
Size: 6’2 288lbs
- Explosive off snap- uses hands first
- Violent player
- Great arm extension
- Has variety of pass rush moves
Analysis: Bennett was one of the defensive leaders on the Buckeyes team that won the national championship. Bennett stays low, and is explosive at the snap of the ball. He fires his hands out first, making it hard for offensive lineman to sustain their blocks against him. He used a variety of pass rush moves over his collegiate career, but his swim move is clearly his most dominant.
Need to improve:
- Not powerful for position
- Stamina must be built up
- Once blocked, he has a difficult time staying engaged in play
- Too much hand-fighting-doesn’t keep eye on ball
Analysis: Bennett weighing in at 288 pounds lacks ideal weight and power for a three technique defensive tackle, but he effectively uses his speed to beat offensive lineman. If a lineman can get their hands on Bennett, he loses focus on the play and tries to beat the man in front of him–loses the ball. Stamina has been a concern, especially his senior year where he seemed to wear down physically later in games.
Round prediction: 2-3
NFL Comparison: Jeremiah Ratliff–formerly (Jay Ratliff)