|Dwight Bentley Scouting Report
|Dwight Bentley - Louisiana-Lafayette (HT: 5-10 - WT: 182)
Positives -- Above average speed, very quick and explosive player who is able to transfer and redirect smoothly... Great athleticism and route recognition... Has good instincts and hands... Has displayed above average ability in both zone and man coverage schemes... His willingness and ability to play in man
coverage will push him up many draft boards, as this is the a skill that most young corners struggle with... Displays good footwork and body control... Consistent production throughout college with a steady rise in tackles, first team all-Sun Belt in 2011... Was one of the most impressive and talked about players at the Senior Bowl... While not an initial invite to the Senior Bowl, Bentley's production in Mobile will go a long way to securing his draft position as he outplayed many corners rated higher... If drafted in the third round or later represents a potential steal with low risk.
Negatives -- Lacks elite height and weight... Played for a smaller school program, where he did not face elite receiving talent... A late riser in the process and will need to continue to flash in the offseason in order to keep attention... Will be a bit of a project when a team drafts him... Needs coaching and polish to develop into a consistent starter in the NFL... Needs to bulk up in order to compete with elite NFL receivers... Has not flashed enough big plays to justify a high draft selection... Does not project with any ability as a return man... May struggle to disengage from blocks and bring down bigger backs at the next level... Coaches will investigate why a player who displays NFL type talent ended up at such a small school.
At Louisiana-Lafayette -- (Official School Bio) 2010: Started 11 games at cornerback, missing the ASU game (ankle injury)... Ranked fourth overall, second among defensive backs, in tackles... Led all players in solo stops and was second in breakups... Made at least four tackles in 10 games... Collected an interception vs. MT and returned it 15 yards... Posted 1.5 tackles-for-loss and 0.5 sacks at NT... Made a career-high 10 tackles vs. FIU... Recorded three pass break-ups vs. #22 Oklahoma State. 2009: Played 12 games, starting 11 at cornerback... Slowed in practice by an ankle injury and did not start vs. FAU... Led all defensive backs in tackles and ranked fourth with 58... Tied for the team lead with three interceptions, while breaking-up five passes... Placed sixth in the Sun Belt in interceptions... Returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown vs. NT and produced a defensive extra point vs. FAU thanks to a blocked PAT by Chris Richard... Top 40 in tackles in the Sun Belt Conference... Had eight solo tackles, a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble vs. Troy... Also had eight tackles at WKU... Defensive Player of the Game (NT). 2008: Enrolled in class for Spring semester... Played 12 games, starting first 10 at cornerback... Sixth in tackles... Recovered a fumble at NT that led to a touchdown... Posted a career-high nine-tackles at NT... Had 39 tackles through the first seven games of the season, including 29 solo stops. Pre-Louisiana: Redshirted in only season at Dodge City. High School: Considered a shutdown cornerback... Had six interceptions during senior year... Led all defensive backs with 25 tackles as a senior... All-Area First Team... All-State Second Team... Helped PHS win three Florida Class 2A state championships.