Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State University
ARM LENGTH: 33 5/8"
WEIGHT: 293 lbs.
40-YARD DASH: 4.98 SEC
VERTICAL JUMP: 35.5 INCH
A projected Round 2 pick, Michael Bennett could be a player to make an impact during in his rookie season. Bennett has a quick burst off-the-ball and great technique to win at the point of attack. Against average guards in the NFL, Bennett could be a disruptive force in the backfield.
Bennett was selected as a third team All-American in 2014 and started all 28 games over his last two seasons at Ohio State. In 2014, Bennett finished with 41 tackles, 14 for loss and 7 sacks. He was a huge force in the Ohio State Buckeyes’ domination of Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship. Both of Bennett's parents graduated from West Point, so he is used to being in a disciplined environment.
Some of the knocks on Bennett surround his effort, motor and durability. He probably furthered these concerns after not being able to workout at the NFL combine. Then, he pulled up in a 40 yard dash attempt at the Buckeye's pro day, with a 4.98 second run.
Bennett also may have gained some fame when he gave bunny ears to the Commander In Chief when the team visited the White House to commemorate their National Championship win.
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