Benn there, done that
|02.26.10 at 1:20 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn made sure that his third offensive coordinator in three years would be one of NFL standards.
21 year-old Benn declared for the draft following his junior season rather than sticking around an Illinois program that had struggled to get the best out of the projected first round pick. Many pointed to the accuracy issues of quarterback Juice Williams as reasons for Benn’s underwhelming numbers (38 receptions, 490 yards, 2 TD in his final season).
“That’s football,” Benn, referring to the lack of offense at Illinois, said at the Scouting Combine on Friday. “I take full responsibility for it.”
While there is no denying that his statistics pale in comparison to LSU’s Brandon LaFell and USC’s Damian Williams, among others, Benn hopes that teams picking in the first round will pay more attention to the combine (much to the chagrin of former Pats linebacker Matt Chatham).
“Numbers [don't] tell anything,” said Benn, who will participate in every receiver-specific drill at the combine.
What sets Benn apart from the rest of the pack, and even projected Top 10 selection Dez Bryant, is his contributions as a blocker. Benn said that he likes to think in his “own little head” that he is the most complete receiving prospect that this draft has to offer, but given his hands and use of his body (6-foot-1, 219 pounds), such an assessment may not be far off.
Benn has not met with any teams yet and did not comment on who he is scheduled to meet with.
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