Scouting Report: Arrelious Benn

Written by Will Spencer on April 21, 2010




Arrelious Benn


Position: WR School: Illinois
Height: 6’1″ Weight: 219 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.56

Overall Grade:

6.34

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 5.5
Quickness/Agility 10 7.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8.5
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 7
Character 6 5.5
Production/Experience 6 3.5
Toughness 8 7.5
Potential 10 9


Wide Receiver Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Route Running 10 7
Hands 10 8
Blocking 4 3
Short Routes 8 6.5
Deep Routes 8 6.5
Elusiveness/YAC 8 5.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.”

Experience

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.

Academics

General studies major at Illinois.

Injuries

Suffered from a lingering ankle injury throughout the 2009 season.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD Rush Yards TD
2009 38 490 12.9 58 2 7 23 1
2008 67 1055 15.7 54 3 23 101 2
2007 54 676 12.5 56 2 32 158 0



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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.