2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Michael Bennett

3 of 5

Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims (6) is sacked by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Michael Bennett (53) in the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Another Scout’s Take

NFL.com’s Lance Zlerlein said of Bennett’s strengths, “Great burst off snap, coming in low and looking to disrupt. Is always first with his hands. Good arm length for a player his height. Violent, active hands are his calling card. Uses powerful hands to snatch and pull guards off their spot. Gets initial pop and arm extension to stay clean and can shed. Plays with terrific technique.

“Has shoulder turn to make himself skinny and shoot gaps. Constantly changing angles post- snap, making it tough for linemen to get clean, sustained blocks on him. Tougher against double teams than most interior linemen his size. Efficient arm-over move to defeat centers quickly. Is usually in control of the battle from snap to snap. Considered a team leader.”

Zlerlein said of his weaknesses, ” Inconsistent motor at times, but that might be more fatigue-oriented rather than an effort issue. Will charge in headfirst and lose sight of running back. Sometimes defaults to garden variety hand-fighting when pass rush stalls.

“Can lose gas with too much wasted motion as a pass rusher — especially as a three-technique. Pass rush is tied to hands and winning early, so he must develop a counter move. Had a better junior season than senior. Lacks power and girth in his lower half.”

Next: My Take