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Michael Bennett | Defensive End

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 285

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An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ohio State DT Michael Bennett is "not as talented as Jurrell Casey. ... not even close to Aaron Donald."
"I thought he disappeared too often in games," the scout said. "Enough athletic ability. Not sure if he's quick enough for a smaller guy to win on a consistent basis. Doesn't always finish plays." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college. "His true position is three-technique," another scout said. "Good football player." Interestingly, both of Bennett's parents graduated from West Point. Mar 1 - 8:07 PM

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Ohio State DT Michael Bennett "needs to be in a system where he plays '3 technique' in a 4-3," said NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

"I like Michael Bennett," Mayock said. "(Ohio State coaches) move him a lot. I think his quickness and explosion is what sets him apart. He can get overwhelmed a little bit at the point of attack just because of size, but that's where the movement helps. I would expect he's going to go somewhere in the second round, and I think it's his movement skills and his quickness that separates him." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett had a strong finish to the season after a slow start. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote recently that Bennett "has terrific get-off quickness to beat blockers off the ball, using his lateral fluidity and closing burst to be disruptive in the backfield."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 1:15 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah praised Ohio State DT Michael Bennett effort and quick hands and feet.

Bennett's "lack of size is an issue at times," Jeremiah writes. "Struggles versus angle blocks." Bennett was always a flash player before this season, but he really turned it on down the stretch. Still, going to a team with a nice rotation up front will be his best option.
Feb 9 - 9:44 AM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke believes Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett "is cut from the Henry Melton mold as an athletic three-technique tackle who does his best work in pass-rush situations."

Burke adds that Bennett is "almost certain to be the first Buckeye off the board come April." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett had a strong finish to the season after a slow start. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote recently that Bennett "has terrific get-off quickness to beat blockers off the ball, using his lateral fluidity and closing burst to be disruptive in the backfield."
Jan 13 - 9:25 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett "has terrific get-off quickness to beat blockers off the ball, using his lateral fluidity and closing burst to be disruptive in the backfield," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The senior had a slow start to the year -- only two tackles for loss and one sack through eight games -- but ended it in dominant fashion. "Part of his struggles earlier in the season are attributed to him switching between the one- and three-technique tackle spots, but it also shows his versatility to NFL teams," Brugler wrote. You will next see Bennett at the Senior Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 13 - 6:32 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Bennett started out this season slowly -- collecting only two tackles for loss and one sack through his team's first seven games -- but finished in a flurry, posting 9.5 TFL and five sacks in his last five. "Part of his struggles earlier in the season are attributed to him playing both the one- and three-technique tackle spots, but it also shows his versatility to NFL teams," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this week.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 11:55:00 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett "has terrific get-off quickness to beat blockers off the ball," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He isn't the biggest or strongest, but Bennett has terrific get-off quickness to beat blockers off the ball, using his lateral fluidity and closing burst to be disruptive in the backfield," Brugler writes. The Buckeyes prospect only produced two tackles for loss and one sack during the first seven games for the Buckeyes, but finished with 9.5 TFL and five sacks in his last five games. Brugler notes that, part of Bennett's "struggles earlier in the season are attributed to him playing both the one- and three-technique tackle spots."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 02:12:00 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett displayed NFL versatility despite struggling earlier this season, observed CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Bennett produced only two tackles for loss and one sack through his team's first seven games, but closed out the season with 9.5 TFL and five sacks in his last five. "He isn't the biggest or strongest, but Bennett has terrific get-off quickness to beat blockers off the ball, using his lateral fluidity and closing burst to be disruptive in the backfield," Brugler wrote. "Part of his struggles earlier in the season are attributed to him playing both the one- and three-technique tackle spots, but it also shows his versatility to NFL teams."
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett received a grade of +6.5 from Pro Football Focus for his performance against Wisconsin.

Bennett earned a +4.6 grade rushing the passer and +1.7 in run defense. Bennett and Bosa lead Ohio State's defense by creating plenty of disruption upfront. It is difficult to stuff Melvin Gordon III and Wisconsin, but Bennett and company did just that.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett's evaluation has fallen by a round this season, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He hasn't had a bad year, but I had Bennett pegged as a mid-first-round pick," Kiper wrote. "The senior is far more likely to go in the second. A disruptive DT, he makes plays in the backfield and can beat one-on-one blocking, but he isn't consistently dominant." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote this week that Bennett "has issues getting off blocks." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett has 27 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks this season.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 03:52:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett "has issues getting off blocks," notes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"Ohio State’s Michael Bennett is another Big Ten lineman who gets a lot of love from scouts yet he too has issues getting off blocks. Throughout the season Bennett will look like a world beater on one snap then is handled the very next play," Pauline wrote. This season, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett has 27 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks on his resume. Pauline adds that the Ohio State prospect also "has size limitations."
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 03:14:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that scouts want to see Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett "split double teams and handle the extra attention, showing consistent effort for all four quarters."

"But his intensity appears to waver from snap-to-snap and he tends to give up too easily if his initial move doesn't work at the point of attack. Bennett is a balanced athlete with excellent quickness and body control, but scouts want to see him split double teams and handle the extra attention, showing consistent effort for all four quarters, Brugler wrote. This year, the Buckeyes prospect has only 15 tackles, with three tackles for a loss, and one sack through eight games. Brugler adds that Bennett "has seen more snaps as the one-technique and is often occupying multiple blockers, which is a large reason for his decline in production."
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 02:52:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett's stock is down and he "hasn't made a big impact for the Buckeyes in 2014 and has left scouts wanting more."

"But Bennett simply hasn't made a big impact for the Buckeyes in 2014 and has left scouts wanting more, especially for most of the Penn State game," Brugler writes. Brugler notes that the 6-foot-3, 285 pound Bennett, "lacks ideal body girth and can be knocked off balance too easily at the line of scrimmage and struggles to get much of a push off the snap." This year, the Buckeyes prospect has only 12 tackles and one sack through seven games.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 03:51:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett reminds CBS Sports' Dane Brugler of versatile "Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels."

"Viewed as a solid top-50 prospect and maybe the top senior at his position, Bennett reminds me some of P who has the versatility to line up in different schemes and be at the very least a pass rush specialist," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot3, 285 pound Bennett "is a highly active interior rusher with range and quickness," according to Brugler. Bennett finished last season with 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 01:20:00 PM

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper ranks Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett as his No.1 senior DT.

"An effective penetrator, Bennett has good quickness and initial get-off, and he uses his hands well to clear blocks and make plays in the backfield. He became a regular target of double-teams and combination blocks as the 2013 season went on. Plays with good leverage. Had 7.0 sacks among 11.5 tackles for loss in 2013," Kiper wrote. The 6-3,285 pound senior has great burst and agility, and scouts should be impressed with Bennett's skill set as an interior pass rusher moving forward.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 10:15:00 PM