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#4 - 1st Round - Chicago selects Cedric Benson, RB Texas

Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. jsond

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    I hate to go against you but if he is still on the board I think DET takes him..but they may also go w/ a CB or merriman
  2. Shotgun Dave

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    DJ? I have a feeling Detroit takes Merriman instead.
  3. jsond

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    tough call, will be defense no doubt. but my prediction is based on who the majority of their fans want on their main msg board
  4. Nors

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    Pollack to Lions I heard Millen loves the kid
  5. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

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    Cedric Benson, TB, Texas
    Height: 5:10.4 Weight: 222


    AP
    Cedric Benson

    Overview: Benson is a quick, elusive and physical back who models his game after his idol, 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams. He also possesses great vision and balance. "Benson runs big, doesn't get knocked off his feet very easily and hits the hole quickly," Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said. Benson is a product of the Longhorns' renowned training room, and has grown bigger and stronger each year, gaining more than 20 pounds since arriving at the university as a freshman. Benson was a Parade All-American, three-time Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State halfback at Lee High School. He was also named USA Today's Texas Player of the Year and was a finalist (Southwest Region winner) for the High School Heisman in 2000. He rushed for 8,423 career yards (fourth-most in Texas history/first in Class 5A history), scored 127 touchdowns (second-most in Texas history/third-most nationally) and averaged 183.1 yards and 2.8 touchdowns per game during his career. Benson rushed for 100 or more yards in 33 of his final 34 games and scored in 36 of his final 37 outings. He posted five career 300-yard rushing games and led the team to a 43-3 record and three consecutive Texas 5A Division I State Championships (just the fourth team in Texas history to win three consecutive titles in Class 5A). As a senior, he rushed for 2,871 yards and 43 touchdowns and caught nine passes for 233 yards and three scores as a senior. Benson added 680 yards on 90 carries (7.6 avg) and scored a state-record 15 touchdowns in the three state title game victories. As a junior, Benson ran for 3,526 yards and 44 touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 360 yards and seven scores in leading Lee to a 15-0 record and the USA Today High School National Championship as a junior. He ran for 2,026 yards and 30 touchdowns in leading Lee to a 15-1 record and a final national ranking of No. 10 as a sophomore. He also was an outstanding centerfielder for the baseball team, hitting .361 with four home runs and 14 RBI in District 4-5A games as a senior. Benson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 12th round (370th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed with the team, but also attended Texas with the Dodgers paying for his schooling. Benson spent 2001 and 2002 playing summer ball at Vero Beach, but failed to show up for training camp in 2003 and then quit the sport in 2004. He acknowledged that the Dodgers were not pleased when he failed to report and later quitting the team, as they invested over $100,000 in him. He then had several run-ins with the law, having been arrested in 2002 for drug possession (charges later dropped) and again in 2003 for breaking into a house where he claimed his stolen television was in. He pleaded to a misdemeanor charge prior to the opening of 2004 fall camp, thus avoiding a jail sentence. At Texas, he immediately became the Longhorns' featured back, having earned team MVP and Freshman All-American honors after totaling 1,053 yards and 13 touchdowns on 223 carries, despite missing action late in the year with a pinched nerve in his neck (did not play in the Holiday Bowl). In 2002, he collected 1,293 yards on 305 carries with 12 scores and caught 21 passes for 119 yards, earning All-Big Twelve Conference second-team honors from the Associated Press. In 2003, he became the first player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons (Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams gained 1,000 yards three times in a career), as he rushed 258 times for 1,360 yards (fifth-best season total) and 21 touchdowns (third-best season total in school history), despite being suspended from the Baylor game after his arrest in October. For that performance, he was awarded with All-Big Twelve first-team honors. Benson also earned a spot on UT's Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll, was the team's Outstanding Offensive Back and was the recipient of the Darrell Royal Most Valuable Offensive Player Award. As a senior, Benson was the winner of the 2004 Doak Walker Award and Cingular ABC Sports All-America Player of the Year Award. He was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and earned first-team All-American honors from ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Benson was a unanimous first-team All-Big Twelve selection and earned conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors from the Austin-American Statesman. He started all year, rushing for 1,834 yards (third-best on the UT single-season list) and 19 touchdowns (fourth-best on the UT single-season list), while catching 22 passes for 179 yards. In 49 games, Benson carried 1,112 times for 5,540 yards (5.0 avg) and 64 touchdowns. His 5,540 yards rank sixth on the NCAA Division 1-A career-record list and is topped only by Williams (6,279, 1995-98) on the Longhorns' all-time record chart. He is only the fifth back in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons. His 64 touchdowns are surpassed only by Williams (72) and Travis Prentice of Miami, Ohio (73, 1996-99) on the NCAA's career record list. He also set an NCAA record by scoring at least once in 37 games. In the 25 games in which Benson ran for over 100 yards, the Longhorns won every contest. Benson also caught 69 passes for 621 yards (9.0 avg) and three scores. His 6,161 all-purpose yards rank second in school annals, surpassed only by Williams (7,206). He is one of three players in NCAA history to rush for 5,000 yards and score 400 points. 262 of his 1,112 career carries have gone for first downs (23.6%) and Benson gained 3,108 of his 5,540 career rushing yards (56.1%) after contact. Only 84 of his 1,112 career carries have resulted in lost yardage (once every 13.2 carries). His 404 career points rank second in Texas history and fourth in NCAA annals among non-kickers.

    Analysis: Positives... Has a well developed frame with good muscle tone, big bubble, thick thighs, defined arms and broad shoulders. ... Has above average balance and runs with good body lean, as he always falls forward. ... Patient runner who has a natural feel for blocking angles and runs with a low pad level. ... Shows very good instincts in the open field, making quick and crisp cuts. ... Has the vision and body control to see the cut-back lanes. ... Demonstrates excellent quickness, burst and acceleration through the holes. ... Possesses reliable hands and good run-after-catch ability. ... Very good receiver who is more effective on screens that deep routes. ... Has the short area speed to get to the corner, but is more comfortable running between tackles to compensate for a lack of hip wiggle and sudden explosion to gain big yardage on the perimeter. ... Has the balance to plant and redirect, getting good leverage when he stays low in his pads, keeps his shoulders squared and generates his strong leg drive to push the pile. ... Likes his role as a playmaker and wants the ball with the game on the line. ... Sets up his blocks well and has a natural feel for the rush lanes. ... Stout runner through traffic, showing nimble feet to avoid leg tackles.

    Negatives... Has very good acceleration off the snap, but labors to maintain that top speed when he gets into the open. ... Runs decent routes, but because he lacks that second gear and burst upfield, is usually only used on flares, outs and check downs. ... Willing blocker, but lacks the technique and playing strength to face up and sustain vs. the larger blockers. ... When he runs tall (mostly on outside runs), he leaves himself exposed and is not the best at securing the ball, as fumble problems plagued him during his career. ... More of a one-cut type of runner with good straight-line speed, but is not a big juke type. ... His adequate ball carrage needs improvement, as he carries the ball too low. ... Plays stiff and lacks technique when asked to block vs. the blitz. ... Has had several off-field issues that need further review (seems to also pattern Ricky Williams off the field). ... Needs to shift his hips better when trying to get to the corner. ... Powerful looking back, but his weight room strength is only adequate and Benson needs to add more power to his game in order to compensate for a lack of blazing speed.

    Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash...Bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times...500-pound squat...300-pound power clean...34.5-inch vertical jump...Right-handed. COMBINE: Player declined to participate in agility tests at the Combines...32-inch arm length...9 1/8-inch hands...19 Wonderlic score.

    High school: Attended Lee (Midland, Tex.) High School, playing football for coach John Parchman. ... Parade All-American, three-time Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State halfback. ... Named USA Today's Texas Player of the Year and was a finalist (South-west Region winner) for the High School Heisman in 2000. ... Rushed for 8,423 career yards (fourth-most in Texas history/first in Class 5A history), scored 127 touchdowns (second-most in Texas history/third-most nationally) and averaged 183.1 yards and 2.8 touchdowns per game during his career. ... Rushed for 100 or more yards in 33 of his final 34 games and scored in 36 of his final 37 outings. ... Posted five career 300-yard rushing games and led the team to a 43-3 record and three consecutive Texas 5A Division I State Championships (just the fourth team in Texas history to win three consecutive titles in Class 5A). ... As a senior, he rushed for 2,871 yards and 43 touchdowns and caught nine passes for 233 yards and three scores as a senior. ... Added 680 yards on 90 carries (7.6 avg) and scored a state-record 15 touchdowns in the three state title game victories. ... As a junior, Cedric ran for 3,526 yards and 44 touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 360 yards and seven scores in leading Lee to a 15-0 record and the USA Today High School National Championship as a junior. ... Ran for 2,026 yards and 30 touchdowns in leading Lee to a 15-1 record and a final national ranking of No. 10 as a sophomore. ... Also was an outstanding centerfielder for the baseball team, hitting .361 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in District 4-5A games as a senior.

    Personal: Social Work major. ... Active in UT's community service program. ... Member of UT's Athletics Director's Academic Honor Roll in fall 2003. ... Named to the Big Twelve Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2003. ... Served as a mentor at local elementary and middle schools. ... Has worked as a lifeguard during the summer. ... .Born Cedric Myron Benson on 12/28/82 in Midland, Texas.

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