Scouting Report: Cedric Benson

Like his idol Ricky Williams, present day Longhorn ball carrier Cedric Benson has great skill and projects well to the next level. Yet all may not what it seems to be with this potential early pick in next April's draft.

Name: Cedric Benson School: Texas
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215 40: 4.55

The Good: Powerfully built ball carrier with outstanding running back skills. Displays excellent footwork in a small area and good first step quickness. Runs with forward lean, low to the ground and has a burst through the hole. Sets up then follows blocks, displaying excellent vision and the ability to cut back in a small area. Gets a good amount of momentum going and tough to bring down. Powerful, picks up yardage off initial contact and drives forward when tackled. Outstanding running instincts as well as patience. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes.

The Bad: At times goes down rather easily. Does not always run with an aggressive style. Gives marginal effort blocking and blows assignments.

The Skinny: Physically, Benson grades out as high as any running back available in next April's draft. And though he can be a one-man show on the field Benson has also displayed selfish tendencies in the past as well as a lack of motivation. Presently in the midst of a terrific senior campaign and is expected to test well prior to next April's draft, yet it is Benson's interviews with scouts and coaches which will be the determining factor where he is ultimately selected.

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