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Michael Bennett | Defensive End

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

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Ohio State DT Michael Bennett is a "pure 3-technique, with just average power but very good initial quickness and savvy as a pass-rusher," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.
"He doesn't have the same burst as Donald did coming out last year, but his first step is just a notch below elite," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college. Not everyone is sold on him, though. "I thought he disappeared too often in games," an anonymous scout said in February. "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." Apr 17 - 8:24 PM

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NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Ohio State DT Michael Bennett "potentially climb up into the bottom of the first [round]."

"I have him just outside my top 50 but when you start looking at interior pass rushers, to me he's going to be right there at the top," Jeremiah said. "Originally, I said he's going to go in the second round, but I think he's got a chance to potentially climb up into the bottom of the first because he can give you some disruption and pass rush in the interior." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college. Not everyone is sold on him. "I thought he disappeared too often in games," an anonymous scout said in February. "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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 8:55 PM

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett "showed a maniacal approach to the game that should make an impression in the NFL," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"I've got dual-personality disorder, man. When I'm on the field, it's a completely different person. Very aggressive, looking to cause some havoc. I really want the person I'm playing to know that I'm a better player than he is," Bennett said. Bennett's groin injury kept him out of the combine workouts. He'll work out for scouts at Ohio State's pro day on Friday. "Bennett is a hyperactive defensive tackle with range, quickness and the mental discipline one might expect from somebody whose parents both graduated from West Point," Cooney said.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 8:23 PM

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett could be "a second-round option for the Lions," notes NFL.com's College Football 24/7.

Certainly, Detroit is going to consider popping a defensive tackle in Round 1. If an enticing prospect at another position falls to them at No. 23, though, Bennett would be the caliber of tackle the organization would hope falls to them in stanza two. "Bennett was the best interior presence on what might have been the best defensive line in college football last year," wrote Chase Goodbread. "He is the smallest of the five on this list, at 293 pounds, but could be the most technically sound."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 10:41 PM

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett "is one of the better three technique prospects in this class," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"[At his pro day, Bennett] should show well with his combination of initial quickness and strength," Brugler wrote. Because of a nagging minor injury, Bennett wasn't able to play in the Senior Bowl or work out for scouts at the NFL Combine. For those reasons, his March 13 is crucial. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 8:54 PM

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

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