The range of opinions on most players varies, especially later in the draft. Here are snippets of information from various draft experts on the Vikings No. 1 pick, running back Michael Bennett:
Ourlads: "Came on strong as a first-year starter in 00. A little smaller than ideal. Has solid legs and decent overall strength Quick off the mark. Gets outside well. Does a good job of cutting back when going wide. Has a great burst off cuts gets to high gear quickly once he squares his shoulders. Runs hard but a little upright inside. Not a strong tackle breaker. Light on his feet often looks to dive ahead rather than drive with his legs."
Lone Star Football: "Unbelievable speed possesses the rare ability to hit paydirt every time he carries the ball from anywhere on the field. While his sprinters speed is awesome, what really makes him a special prospect is his explosive first step and the quickness in which he hits the hole Must upgrade his pass-blocking and route-running. Not a real patient runner and doesnt yet have the experience to make the right decisions .. Unproven pass receiver and must get bigger to be the feature back youd expect in a first-round pick."
Mel Kiper (ESPN): "Shows just enough balance in traffic and will bust through an arm tackle. At the pro level, hell need to work on creating his own daylight and on developing into a consistent pass-receiving option. Last season, he caught just four passes. With his 4.31 speed and incredible athleticism, Bennett may force a team in need of a quality RB to reach just a little in order to bring him into the fold."
Joel Buschbaum (PFW): "One of the two or three fastest football players in America over longer distances and does not lose much speed when he puts his pads on. Is not a sprinter playing football, but a legitimate and tough player with good football character Is just learning to run with patience and how to make his cuts without slowing down. Looks small, but he is powerful for his size and runs hard Does not always show good vision or running instincts and judgment. Gets too impatient at times and does not wait for his blocking or waits too long Had way too many pass rushers just go right through or around him. Has some off-the-field baggage."
Bennett Draft Analysis
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