Martellus Bennett Scouting Report
|School:||Texas A&M Aggies|
|Height & Weight:||6'7 - 255 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Martellus Bennett, TE, Texas A&M
As one of the top prep basketball prospects in the country coming out of high school in 2005, Bennett declared for the NBA draft and could have been a first-round pick. But, just like he changed his mind that year and instead went to Texas A&M, it could benefit him this year to resist the temptation of entering the NFL draft a year early. Bennett has serious raw talent as a receiver and blocker. With his basketball background, he naturally has great hands, but he has had to learn how to use them well. Being in an offense where the passing game isn't the focus means he hasn't had as many opportunities as he would if he played for, say, Missouri. But he is a good receiver and will certainly get even better with time. This season, he has 45 catches for 541 yards and four touchdowns, making him the Aggies' leading receiver. He has proven himself to be an excellent blocker, which he needs to be in A&M's run-oriented offense, but it's his pass blocking that may be most noteworthy. All in all, he's a terrific all-around athlete -- aside from his great hands, he's very strong and he has excellent leaping ability. With his focus completely on football now, he's got the chance to really concentrate on getting the most out of his talent and potential. He could very well bulk up and become a pass-catching extension of the O-line, or he could slim down some and get a little faster, to be even more of a threat as a receiver. Speed is the one area where he could improve a little, but he is quick for someone his size. If he does put his name into the 2008 draft, someone could take a chance on him in the first round because he has incredible potential. However, it could be very advantageous for him to stay in school for his senior season. A&M's new coach, Mike Sherman, is a very accomplished offensive line coach and the extra year would allow him not only to fully become the weapon in the passing game that he could be (like Green Bay used their tight ends in his time with the Packers), but Sherman's tutelage will help him become the best blocker he could be. With several talented tight ends in the draft pool - Martin Rucker, Fred Davis, Notre Dame's John Carlson, Kentucky's Jacob Tamme, and potentially a few juniors in him, Missouri's Chase Coffman, Wisconsin's Travis Beckum, and Ball St.'s Darius Hill (among others), staying for his senior season could help Bennett rise to the top of his class for the 2009 draft and wind up a high first-rounder. Update (12/30/07): Bennett had four catches for 46 yards in Texas A&M's 24-17 loss to Penn State in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night. Bennett had a big first-down grab on a 4th and 1 from the A&M 40 that helped lead to a game-tying field goal and he also had a 16-yard first-down reception on a 3rd and 11 in the fourth quarter when the Aggies were looking to mount a comeback that wound up falling short. The junior finishes his season with 49 catches for 587 yards and four touchdowns, leading A&M in all three of those categories (tied with Mike Goodson in touchdowns). Update (1/7/08): On Saturday, Bennett announced that he'll skip his senior season and enter April's draft after receiving a first-round grade from the NFL's draft evaluation committee. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Bennett said, "Everything we received from the NFL, as far as projections, were what we wanted to hear." He added, "With the coaching situation, it would be hard to come back for my senior season and get into a groove learning a new system." Bennett finishes his college career with 105 catches for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns in three seasons and he was Texas A&M's leading receiver this season, with 49 catches for 587 yards and four touchdowns. Update (2/26/08): At the combine this past weekend, Bennett had a solid showing, running a very respectable 4.69 in the 40 and posting a 34-inch vertical jump. He did record only 18 reps in the bench press, but while a few other top tight ends had their struggles, Bennett didn't really hurt his standing and still looks to be a second-round pick at best and no worse than the third round.
Last Updated Feb-26-2008 by Eddie Griffin
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