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Bene Benwikere | Cornerback

Team: San Jose State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/3/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 192

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Panthers selected San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere with the No. 148 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Benwikere (5-foot-10 3/4, 195) was a 30-game starter for the Spartans, graduating tied for the school's all-time lead in interceptions (14). He had seven picks as a junior and five as a senior. Benwikere did demonstrate plus athleticism (40 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot-2 broad jump) at the Combine despite a 4.63 forty time that led some evaluators to believe he'll have to stick to zone coverage in the pros. Benwikere will play nickel corner in Carolina and could have a future at safety. Sat, May 10, 2014 02:46:00 PM

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Date:'s Bucky Brooks wrote that San Jose State senior CB Bene Benwikere "has been garnering the most attention [amongst corners] at the East-West Shrine Game."

Benwikere, 6-foot, 192-pounds, "has shown impressive movement skills, footwork and awareness covering receivers in drills" and has maintained "tight coverage on receivers out of the break and shown an aggressive knack for playing the ball," according to Brooks. The scribe believes Benwikere is best suited for a team that plays a zone-heavy scheme. "Speaking to several scouts about Benewikere, most have raved about his size, cover skills and instincts, but the prevailing concern centered on his tackling and toughness," Brooks wrote. "Some believed he didn't attack runners or receivers on the perimeter; he will need to display better courage and toughness to solidify his status as a top corner in the draft."
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 10:09:00 AM

San Jose State senior CB Bene Benwikere will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

Benwikere is an intriguing cover corner that has a good bit of experience in the slot. The senior did suffer a head injury earlier in the year and was treated briefly in the hospital, but he has enough talent to be a mid-round selection.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 02:19:00 PM

San Jose State senior CB Bene Benwikere has been released from the hospital.

Benwikere suffered a concussion in a collision during the game against Utah State. We doubt he suits up this weekend against Hawaii. The long time starter is one of the top senior corners in college football, specializing in breaking pass up at the catch point. He also has slot experience.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 09:06:00 AM

San Jose State senior CB Bene Benwikere was carted off the field Friday against Utah State.

Benwikere, one of the top senior prospects at his position, suffered an obvious head injury on a collision. The cornerback had feeling in all extremities, which is great news.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 01:52:00 PM

San Jose State senior CB Bene Benwikere has totaled five pass breakups and an interception in two games.

Benwikere faced top competition last week against Stanford and didn't back down. The Spartan has slot experience as well, which will only help his evaluation. He will post more tape worth watching against competition like Utah State, Nevada, Fresno State and Wyoming this season.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:26:00 AM's Bucky Brooks believes San Jose State senior Bene Benwikere could have No. 1 CB potential.

Brooks notes Benwikere must improve his footwork and fundamentals while displaying more consistency in coverage. "The growing trend of big, athletic pass catchers in the NFL has raised the value of cornerbacks with size, speed and ball skills," Brooks writes. "Benwikere checks the box in all areas as a 6-foot, 192-pound ballhawk with nine career interceptions. Most importantly, he is a terrific athlete with the agility and movement skills to excel in press or "off" man coverage." The senior has experience as a slot corner, which could help him see early playing time in the NFL.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 11:22:00 AM

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks call San Jose State senior CB Bene Benwikere a hidden gem.

Benwikere only registered four pass breakups last season but hauled in seven interceptions along the way. Along with forcing one fumble and blocking one kick, Benwikere tallied 7.5 tackles for loss in 2012. Keep an eye on the west coast "gem" this season.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 08:50:00 AM