Buccaneers Potential 2nd Round Targets - Arrelious Benn

With the draft less than a month and a half away, PP will start looking at some of the potential targets for the Buccaneers.  I can’t imagine that the Buccaneers look past Eric Berry, Gerald McCoy, Kong Suh or Jason Pierre Paul.

We will start looking at guys the Bucs could target in round 2.

Arrelious Benn

Chart from ESPN.com’s Scouts Inc.

Wide Receiver specific Traits
Separation Skills 3 Still developing in this area. Good initial burst off the line of scrimmage. Shows good explosion out of stems and can separate from man coverage. Still unpolished and telegraphs routes on occasion. Displays a good feel against zone coverage and does a nice job of finding and sitting down in open areas. Displays adequate strength and flashes a strong punch to fight through press coverage.
Ball Skills 2 Has strong and reliable hands. Catches the ball naturally away from his frame. Times jumps well and does a nice job of climbing the ladder to high-point the ball. Shows good body control and can make the acrobatic catch away from his body. Struggles to track the deep ball on occasion.
Vertical Speed 2 Displays a quick initial burst and the extra gear to stretch the field and get behind defenders.
Run After Catch 2 Strong and shifty runner after the catch. Dangerous with ball in hand and can turn and short catch into a big gain. Has the burst to exploit seams and ruin pursuit angles. Not extremely elusive and won’t make many defenders miss in a confined area.
Competitiveness/Toughness 2 No information available at this time
Trait Scale
1 = Exceptional 2 = Above average 3 = Average 4 = Below average 5 = Marginal

While Benn had only 38 catches for 490 yards last season, he had 54 and 67 catches the two years before that.  I would blame his production last year more on the lack of a solid QB for the Illini.  He had 1055 yards in 2008 for a 15.7 yard average.

“Benn got off to a good start, showing the ability to adjust to the ball in the air and the talent to catch the ball in his hands. He ran through the gauntlet with relative ease using those skills with no body catches. However, when he had to run his routes, Benn’s day went sour. He slipped on his first try on the out pattern to his left, and was tentative on his second try. He also slipped on his first try on the out to the right side, and was tentative going after the ball on his second try. He appeared to be so concerned with keeping his feet that all his cuts and moves later were tentative. His preoccupation with keeping his feet may well have contributed to a couple of big drops later in the workout.”

Benn tied for the lead amongst wideouts with 20 bench reps.  He also had a 37 inch vert and a 4.48 40 yard dash time.

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