PROS: Has great athleticism and is a smooth runner. Has good speed, burst, and acceleration. Has strong hands, adjusts to the ball, and has good body control to make the highlight reel catches. A good runner after the catch that uses size well to break tackles and make big plays. Capable blocker because he uses hands and has good strength and could dominate in that realm down the road. Also shows ability as a kickoff returner.
CONS: Needs to show better awareness and know when to cut off his routes to help his quarterback. Will body catch at times and needs to do a better job securing the ball before turning upfield. Could do a better job getting position as a blocker. Has a tendency to dance a bit too much on screens and after the catch.
OVERVIEW: People were disappointed with the down year he had this year, but I think his lack of productivity had more to do with his quarterback (Juice Williams) than himself. He simply has all of the tools to be a dominant No. 1 option at the next level. Works mainly out of the slot.
NFL FORECAST: There's a lot about his game that reminds me of Andre Johnson. And I was one of those people that didn't think Johnson had the hands or concentration to be a successful and consistent pro. Boy, was I wrong. Benn is going to have to be coached up, and I do think he could get off to a slow start as a pro. But I think with time and effort, he'll develop into a solid No. 1 option. I think early on his career, he'll be best used as a vertical option as his game becomes more polished to be a go-to guy like Johnson. I think he could be one of the better blocking receivers in the league if he puts forth more effort to improve there. As a route-runner, he's not great but with his athleticism, burst, and size, getting separation won't be a problem once he improves there. The only thing that can stop Benn from being a top NFL receiver is lacking work ethic. But I see nothing about his game to suggest he has that, but then again I'm basing that off what I've seen on TV or read in newspapers, which aren't exactly definitive sources. So when teams interview and he grades highly on his character in terms of possessing a hunger to get better, then I see no reason to believe that he won't be a Top 10 receiver by the end of his third season.
ATL FORECAST: Benn would be a good complement to Roddy. Right away, he doesn't have to be that guy that makes catches all over the field. He'll mainly be used as a vertical weapon out of the slot and on the outside. He won't supplant either Douglas or Jenkins right away, but he certainly has the playmaking ability that he can contribute in small doses as a rookie. And if he develops at a comparable rate as Roddy did, he'll be starting by the end of the 2012 season over Jenkins just because there is strong reason to believe that everything Jenkins can do, he can do better. He's faster, more explosive, stronger, and shows stronger hands and body control. And in the mean time, he can contribute as the fourth receiver if/when the Falcons like to spread the field.
VALUE: Benn has the talent to be a Top 10 pick, but his lack of production probably knocks him down to a mid-to-late first round pick. But for a team looking for the next Andre Johnson and can somewhat afford to be patient, he'd merit a solid Top 15 or 20 pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
AFTER CATCH: 4.0
BODY CONTROL: 4.0
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