Bene Benwikere


san jose state spartans


Size: 5'11, 195



Arm Length: 30 inch    40: 4.63    Bench: 10 reps    Vertical: 40.5 inch    3-cone: 6.94   broad: 10 ft 2 in

Shawn's grade: 5th to 6th Round Pick: Bene Benwikere is a naturally instinctive player who shows the eyes for the position and ball skills that you look for at the position. He projects best in a base zone coverage scheme where his reactionary skills and instincts would be best served, and also would make up for his lack of speed and explosion. He may struggle to consistently match up with bigger, faster receivers in man coverage in the NFL. However, in a zone scheme he has a lot of potential thanks to his awareness and understanding of positioning. Benwikere has the tools to develop into a quality starting zone corner down the road, however he must continue to get stronger and improve his technique as a tackler in order to reach that point.

Bio: Name is pronounced: "Ben-ay Ben-WICK-urr-rhee" Two-year starter with 30 career starts at San Jose State. Finished his career with 214 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, one sack, 22 pass breakups, 14 interceptions, and three forced fumbles; his best statistical season came in 2012 as a junior when he tallied 67 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, and seven interceptions. Owns average height with an athletic build that has room to continue to grow.

Pros: Field corner experienced working in Cover 2, Cover 3, and pattern concepts; moves inside to the slot in nickel packages. Smart, instinctive player who plays with good awareness and understanding of his responsibilities on his side of the field. Smooth, fluid athlete with natural change of direction skills. Opens his hips to turn and run with ease; has no trouble opening up off the ball and mirroring a receiver down the field. Displays the ability to work in trail technique, staying in the receiver's hip pocket before extending out at the last second to deflect the pass away as the ball reaches the receiver. Great awareness and understanding of how to drop back, read the quarterback's eyes, and break quickly to drive downhill and cut in front of the receiver for the interception. A ball hawk who attacks the ball while it's in the air. Very instinctive with the ball skills and body control to make plays on the ball that you desire from the position. Has a knack for putting himself in position to make a play on the ball. Shows the ability to climb vertically and win jump ball situations with the receiver. Times his jumps very well and shows the hands to consistently come down with the interception. Plays physically and will throw his body into the mix. Not a consistent impact defender in the run game, but gives enough effort here to think he can improve his tackling technique and play a bigger role here at the next level.

Cons: Short arms for the position; lacks the length you desire. Lacks explosive, quick-twitch qualities to keep up with the more sudden receivers that he'll face at the next level. Speed is above average, but not great; more rangy than fast. Burst to close and turn acceleration are average; gets turned around in coverage too often. Does not project favorably in a press coverage scheme. Must get stronger in both the upper and lower body; additional strength will help him in being able to shed receiver's blocks out on the perimeter in the run game. Tends to be a bit too physical and will need more discipline in not making contact with the receiver down the field.

Background: Named first-team All-Mountain West in 2013; first-team All-WAC in 2012. Has no known off-field concerns. Suffered a potentially serious concussion in 2013 that forced him to miss one game against Hawaii. Coming out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California was rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 75 cornerback in the country by; he turned down offers from San Diego State, UNLV, and New Mexico State. As a senior he recorded 65 tackles, five pass breakups, and five interceptions. Also played basketball and was a sprinter in track as a prep. Cousin of former San Jose State cornerback and current Cleveland Brown Christopher Owens.


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