Benton Whitley

Benton Whitley

Measurements
  • Height
    6025
  • Hand
    9 7/8
  • VJ
    33
  • Weight
    257lbs
  • Arm
    34 1/2
  • Speed
    4.8
ED Combine Averages
  • Height
    6032
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33.25
  • Weight
    265lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    4.8
Jamie Kelly - Scout
Benton Whitley
  • Overall Rank
    286
  • Position Rank
    31
  • Position
    ED
  • Team
    HOLY CROSS

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 2 0 0 0
2018 10 17 6 3
2019 13 14 7 7.1% 5
2020 4 12 0 10.2% 2
2021 14 33 12 15.2% 6

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Average height and weight. Adequate frame, arm length and hand size. Good thickness and definition in arms. Broad, thick chest and torso. Massive legs with above the line overall lower body thickness.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 5.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Average snap timing and anticipation, isn’t first off the line or into contact. Average instincts and run/pass diagnosis. Average toughness through contact and average motor/effort, missing that + urgency to his game.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    5
Grade 5.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Average overall AA, with outstanding body control, average COD and speed. Limited explosiveness, and poor bend/flexibility, does not have the athletic capability to get around the edge and close on the QB at the NFL level. Adequate overall play strength, has the size and body control to hold down the point of attack.

  • Explosiveness
    4
  • Speed
    5
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    3
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 5.0

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Limited get-off vs. Pass. Limited pass rush, will primarily go for a long-arm to the outside shoulder, alternates with a dive inside but both lack + ability. Limited UOH in the pass rush, has adequate hand power to use them more extensively but doesn’t have techniques such as swim/rip in his locker currently. Average rush angles and closing speed. Above the line overall run defender, adequate vs. Zone and outstanding vs. Gap at the POA, plays with outstanding leverage and body control vs. the Run, locks his base and back to anchor, becoming immovable playing at either 3 or 5 tech. Adequate heavy hands. Adequate UOH vs. the Run to disengage, has active hands to make sustaining blocks difficult for OL. Average play temperament, does OK job of playing read/option and edge contain but does commit too early when the play targets his side.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    4
  • Pass Rush
    4
  • Heavy Handedness
    6
  • Point of Attack
    7
  • Disengage
    6
  • Closing Speed
    6
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    4
  • Play Temperament
    5
Grade 5.3

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Benton Whitley is a Graduate Senior at Holy Cross who has featured in 43 career games. Played in two games as a freshman in 2017, before seeing action in 10 games as a Sophomore recording 6 TFLs and 3 sacks. Was named All-Patriot League in 2019, with 5 sacks and 7 TFLs, and again in the COVID shortened 2020 season. Finished his college career with highs in pressure rate (15.2%), TFLs (12) and sacks (6) in 2021. Benton Whitley has above the line ability vs. Run but likely lacks game-breaking pass-rush. He projects best as a 43 base edge defender that’s used primarily on early/run downs.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT UCONN
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Strong at POA against D1 competition
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Sacred Heart
  • Nov - 27 - 2021
  • Limited pass rush in playoff game
Best Trait
Point of Attack vs. Run
Pro Comparison
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