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Fred Bennett CB 6'1 196 South Carolina 4.46

By: Robert Davis

Fred Bennett has played in the shadow of former teammates Jonathan Joseph and Ko Simpson who were drafted last year, but he has been able to carve his own niche. After a season of limited action, Bennett finished the 2004 season with 32 tackles and four picks on the year. As a junior last year, he had 31 tackles and three picks. He again posted similar numbers as a senior, finishing with 31 tackles and two picks on the year.

Bennett has the ideal frame for a corner prospect. He has a tall and lean frame, and doesnít give up anything in size to opposing receivers. He is also a good athlete and shows the speed to stay with receivers down the field in coverage. While the ball is in the air, Bennett does a good job finding it and making plays.

With his size, Bennett should be more of a factor in run support. He doesnít shy away from contact, but he isnít a factor either. He can also be too aggressive on the ball at times, and has given up some big plays in the past.

Bennett is a player who has had success in college, and has the measurables that could really make him rise come draft day. His solid showing in the post season has solidified him on Day One, but just how high will depend on when the run on corners beings.


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