Prospects address the media during the weekend, and often the question of interviews with teams come up. There was no exception for Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett.
Bennett confirmed to the media that he had interviews with just two teams: The Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders.
When asked if he had met with any teams, Bennett responded simply with "So far just the Raiders and the Texans."
The young quarterback transferred from the University of Oregon after losing the quarterback battle to Heisman Trophy-winner Marcus Mariota, who will be more than likely the first or second quarterback taken off the board come late April.
While he wanted to win the battle, Bennett uses the experience to his favor.
“For me, I think what separated me is I got to go through the experience and be close with who a lot of people might say is the No. 1 or 2 quarterback in this draft,” Bennett said. “I think that going through the experience of not winning the battle and having to live with that chip on my shoulder of wanting to be great and the best essentially.”
Now Bennett is just focused on becoming the best quarterback he can be. While many believe he can be the fourth-best quarterback in the draft, the young player just wants to worry about what he can control.
“I would love to jump up into that conversation,” Bennett said from this weekend’s NFL Scouting Combine. “Right now, all I’m focusing on is what I can control. What I can control is how I interview here and how I carry myself and how I test and just the preparation I’ve already put in before this and what I’ll continue to do why I’m here. I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity t compete and we’ll see where that puts me.”
Bennett believes that having experience from both Southeastern Louisiana and Oregon has been beneficial to his development.
"What we did there was still spread offense a lot," Bennett said. "But getting to go through learning different offenses at Oregon and Southeastern, going through different coaching changes, just the experience of it all, maybe in a pro sense that way, getting to be around and involved in different offenses and coaches."
Meanwhile, he's been working hard to ditch the notion that he's only a "spread-offense" quarterback.
"I think some of the concepts – a lot of the time we were still in the shotgun, in the spread that is something coming under center and all the play-action and all the things that go from coming under center at the next level, that is something I’ve been working on a lot lately."