Feb. 10, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Michael Bennett during training at EXOS gym in preparation for the NFL combine and draft. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
6. Ohio State DT, Michael Bennett
I’m not saying everything Mel Kiper or Mike Mayock say is the one and only source for draft grading, but they looked at Ohio State’s Michael Bennett as a 2nd-round talent. He was taken in the 6th-round. I’m not sure if they got it wrong, or if a bunch of teams got it wrong. Bennett also received a 2nd round grade from the GMENHQ Big Board.
This pick in the later rounds would’ve brought both need and value. The Giants run defense was abysmal last season and it would’ve given Bennett the opportunity to team-up with former college teammate, Johnathan Hankins.
Bennett is a bit under-sized at his 293 lb. frame, which probably had a lot to do with his fall in the draft. As always though, the eye in the sky doesn’t lie. In 2013, he recorded a sack in 4 consecutive games which is extremely impressive considering the position he plays. Would’ve been a great value pick in the later rounds.
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