The 2023 NFL offseason is here and that means it’s time for mock drafts, draft profiles and everything that goes with them. So without further ado, here’s one of many Draft Profiles for the 2023 NFL draft.
Jakorian Bennett, DB, Maryland
WT: 188 lbs
– 2022 Duke’s Mayo Bowl MVP
– 2022 PFF All-Bowl Team
– 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl Invitee
– 2021 & 2022 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
– Pro Football Focus Cornerback of the Week (9/7/22)
– 2022 Preseason Athlon Sports & Phil Steele Second Team All-Big Ten
– Preseason Lindy’s Sports Third Team All-Big Ten 2022
– 2022 East-West Shrine Bowl 1000
– 2021 Phil Steele Third Team All-Big Ten
– Flashes some physicality as a hitter.
– Made Bruce Feldman’s Freak’s List – ranked #60. He wrote, “The 5-11, 195-pound Bennett goes against elite receivers every day at practice, and that competitiveness carries over to training, where he and Rakim Jarrett go back and forth over who can jump the highest and run the fastest. Bennett is proud to say he’s got his buddy with a 42-inch vertical. He claims to be the fastest on the team with a 22.9 mph on the GPS, although Jarrett said he matched that in late July.”
– Bennett tracks the ball well and does a nice job of getting his head around in plenty of time to avoid flags.
– Explodes out of his backpedal and has the hands and coordination to force interceptions.
– Should excel as a zone defender because of his closing speed to wrap receivers after the catch.
– Has quick feet and excellent change-of-direction ability, capable of mirroring quickness underneath.
– Has tense ankles and hips with choppy footwork when attempting to redirect and doesn’t always look natural changing directions.
– Feet aren’t ideal, as Bennett gets sloppy in his backpedal and can be sluggish when transitioning to close on the ball.
– Feet aren’t ideal, as he gets sloppy in his backpedal and can be sluggish when transitioning to close on the ball.
– Inconsistent getting off of blocks. Can be a step slow to react when a quarterback comes back to his side of the field late in progression.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played in 12 games and logged 740 snaps for the Terrapins. He made 22 tackles, 3 assists, and had 10 stops. In coverage he totaled 8 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 75.0.
In 2022 as a junior Bennett played in 11 games and contributed on 663 snaps. He chalked up 34 tackles, 8 assists, and added 12 stops. In the secondary Bennett forced 7 pass breakups, one interception, and gave up QB rating when targetted of 57.5.
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