Scouting Report: Arrelious Benn
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A very tough, physical receiver. Catches with his hands, which appear to be strong. Catches the ball at it’s highest point and not afraid to fight with defender for possession. Works the middle of the field well and unafraid of contact. A threat after the catch. Hard to bring down by most corners/safeties. Good size and bulk. Better than average speed. Can get through press coverage at the line. Good down field blocker.
Not a polished route runner and has some trouble separating. Production was very poor in 2009 after superb sophomore season. Not a shifty guy and won’t elude defenders. Has made his share of dropped passes.
Benn is a guy that would be a sure fire first round pick if he played on a team with even decent quarterback play. After his sophomore season, he was highly touted and folks were expecting the world of him. However, the Illinois offense struggled at every turn in 2009 and on top of that, Benn was suffering from a lingering ankle injury that hindered his performance. Benn is a big, physical receiver that uses his muscle against defenders. He’s very similar in his play style to Anquan Boldin when he came out from Florida State, but certainly has a lot to work on when it comes to route running, concentration, and separation. Either way, he’s a very solid 2nd round pick and may make a quicker impact than Demaryius Thomas, who will more than likely be taken well before Benn.. Goes by the nickname “Rejus.”
Three year starter at Illinois.
Awards and Honors
2009: Honorable mention All-Big 10.
2008: 1st team All-Big 10 (media). 2nd team All-Big 10 (coaches).
2007: Big 10 Freshman of the Year. 2nd team Freshman All-American by several outlets.
General studies major at Illinois.
Suffered from a lingering ankle injury throughout the 2009 season.
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