RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona St.*

5’9” – 207 lbs. – 4.57

Spent two seasons as the lead back for the Sun Devils; following a freshman year in which he ran the ball twenty-three times, put together a monster line of 300-1,642-16 (5.5) with 35-263-2 through the air as a sophomore, then finished his junior season with 253-1,083-10 (4.3) and 42-347-2 receiving before declaring for the draft. A little bit smaller than you’d like, but has already proven that he’s able to carry the load as a feature back. Violent, explosive runner who played on a team that took virtually all of its snaps out of the shotgun during the games reviewed. A pretty good between-the-tackles runner who uses his small stature to navigate through congestion, squirting through small spaces. Wastes little time before getting upfield and is able to pinball and spin off of contact to fall forward for additional yardage. Also looks good on one-cut stretch concepts, getting up to speed quickly, identifying lanes, and cutting upfield with impressive burst to pick up a handful of yards. Capable of making defenders miss in the hole with nice jump-cuts and stutter-steps. Not the most powerful runner, but is willing to lower his shoulder into contact and fight for additional yardage with decent leg drive; contact balance leaves a little bit to be desired at times, though. Fumbles are a little higher than you’d like to see but still around average, with seven over 658 career touches; what’s more, six of them happened last season. Stayed on the field on passing downs and had some pretty impressive production as a receiver. Receiving duties themselves were relatively straightforward, with a lot of flares and swings out of the shotgun, although he would occasionally motion out to more of a receiver alignment from time to time. Was also used as a safety valve on delayed releases. Has the ability to adjust to poorly-thrown balls and maximize what size/length he has, although he’s obviously not a very big target. Also a pretty willing blocker, although he lacks the type of fundamentals you’d like to see, tending to leave his feet and attempt to cut out an opponent’s legs too often. Can also whiff when attempting to chip defenders off the edge, something he often did when releasing out of the backfield. A very likable prospect who carried the load for two years and offers impressive burst, speed, and toughness as a runner, with the hands to stay on the field on passing downs, but who lacks ideal size and power and has a decent amount of tread on his tracks. Made a good decision to come out and should be off the board by the mid rounds.

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