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So you drafted Ohio State's Michael Bennett?

Michael Bennett finished his Ohio State career as the leader of a national championship defense, which should make him an attractive option in the early rounds.

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Michael Bennett was one of the key cogs in a vastly improved defense that brought a national championship to Columbus in 2015. Bennett is known for his quick first step that led to his 83 total tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks during his final two seasons as a full-time starter.

At 6'2, 293 pounds, Bennett needs to keep his weight where it is, to have a long NFL career as a 3-technique in a 4-3 defense. His size, strength and skill-set will limit him to other positions across the defensive line. Thus, if he is drafted into the correct scheme, Bennett could fight for early playing time and become a full-time starter in year one.

Strengths

  • Bennett has a lightning-quick first step that he uses to knife into the backfield.
  • He does a good job at staying low and he keeps his feet moving, while playing to the whistle.
  • Bennett battled through an injury throughout the College Football Playoffs and he was one of the best players on the Buckeye defense en route to a national championship.
  • Has a nose for the football, as he forced seven fumbles in his career.
  • He is excellent in the locker room and very active in the community. He comes from a strong military family.

Weaknesses

  • Bennett sometimes lacks intensity and plays down to the competition at times, which shows on film.
  • Due to his size, he may be limited to a three-technique role in a 4-3 defense in the NFL.
  • He is not overly powerful at the point of attack and heavily relies on his first step and athleticism.

Where does Bennett fit in on an NFL team?

As noted above, Bennett would fit best in a 4-3 defense where he would play the three-technique. With the level of competition being consistently high in the NFL, I do not see his motor becoming an issue. Bennett had his most dominating performances against the best teams and under the bright lights of national television. He also had the benefit of playing for Mike Vrabel (current linebackers coach for the Houston Texans) and current defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who has produced numerous first rounders. Overall, I would expect Bennett to be drafted in the middle to late second round to a 4-3 based team.