NFL Draft Spotlight: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

by Cory J. Bonini on April 20, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Arrelious Benn, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior wide receiver from Illinois, enters the 2010 NFL Draft ranked as a consensus top-10 prospect at his position. He recorded 159 receptions for 2,221 yards and seven aerial touchdowns in his collegiate career.

Strengths

  • Size: prototypical NFL build with a muscular body, thick legs
  • Ball skills: Whether it be tracking down a deep ball or putting himself in position to make the tough grab, few 2010 prospects show the ability to adjust to a pass as Benn does.
  • Excellent body control
  • Hands: makes tough catches in traffic; good concentration
  • Speed: While Benn isn't a flat-out burner, he posted a 4.48 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • Tough to bring down: His well-built frame makes Benn a load to tackle, and he's athletic enough to get around defenders.
  • Big-play ability: averaged a whopping 20.6 yards per reception in the last two years
  • Contributes on special teams in the return game (23.7 career average per kickoff return)
  • Potential: The sky is the limit for the 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Benn has all the tools

Weaknesses

  • Hands: Despite being strong in traffic, he tends to drop too many easy balls.
  • Effort: sometimes takes plays off and doesn't show consistent, high-level effort
  • Route-running ability: probably his biggest weakness - will give NFL coaches something to work on
  • Experience: He probably should have stayed for his senior year to further refine his game.

Expected draft placement

An intriguing blend of speed, size and hands, Benn has what teams look for in an upside receiver. He reminds us of Hakeem Nicks or Anquan Boldin mixed with Antonio Bryant. Like most prospects, some coaching will be needed for him to reach his potential.

He definitely suffered from Illinois' funky offense and Juice Williams' erratic quarterback play, which will hurt Benn's draft stock. Speaking of which, he is a rock-solid second-round draft choice and should develop into, at the very least, a capable No. 2 in the NFL. That's not to say a first-round selection is out of the question.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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