2008 NFL Draft Good Decision: Earl Bennett, WR, Vanderbilt Goes Pro Posted Jan 11th 2008 12:40PM by Michael David Smith Filed under: NFL Draft A look at the 2007 junior class as players decide whether to enter the 2008 NFL draft. The news that wide receiver Earl Bennett is turning pro means that Vanderbilt, a school that is not exactly a football power, could have its second first-round draft pick in the last three years, after quarterback Jay Cutler went 11th overall to the Broncos in 2006. Bennett is right to leave early. He has more experience playing in a pro-style passing game against high-quality opposition than most senior receivers and is the only player in SEC history with at least 75 catches in three different seasons, and he's the conference's all-time leading receiver. Bennett is probably a second-round pick, and he'll be ready to contribute as a rookie.