Prospect Profile: Cedric Benson

Take a closer look at the positives and negatives of the Bears' first round pick Cedric Benson.

Cedric Benson School: Texas
Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 222 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: 2004 Doak Walker Award winner and a unanimous all-conference choice after posting 326/1,834/19 on the ground and adding 22/179/ 1 as a pass catcher. Led Texas in rushing the past four years.

Positives: Big, powerful ball carrier who controls games or breaks them wide open. Patient back who displays vision at the line of scrimmage or down the field. Possesses some wiggle and juke in his runs, sets up defenders, making them miss at the point. Very tough to bring down.

Negatives: Gives minimal attempts blocking. Seemingly goes down rather easily at times or finishes the play running out of bounds. Experienced fumbling problems this season. Made some very selfish comments prior to his junior campaign when asked to share the load at running back.

Analysis: Benson has all the physical skills to be a premier NFL back. Must pick up the tempo of his blocking. A franchise running back when hitting on all cylinders.

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