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2014 NFL Draft profile: San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere

A closer look at San Jose State's Bene Benwikere as he preps for the NFL Draft.

Thearon W. Henderson

One of the few players to not get hurt for San Jose State this past season was cornerback Bene Benwikere. While the defense struggled with injuries on that side of the ball, too, Benwikere had a good season. The cornerback  had five interceptions, 11 pass break ups, 55 tackles and got to the backfield for a sack and a pair of tackles for loss.

Benwikere has the typical size for a cornerback standing at 5-feet-11-inches and is 195 pounds, but he has a very good vertical jump of 40.5 inches.

One of the best assets for Benwikere is that he is very good at reacting to the ball and getting a hand in the way, plus he has very fluid hips and doesn't get beat on wide receivers double moves, or route change. Another huge plus for Benwikere to be able to succeed at the next level is that he played strong safety nickelback and even a little bit of special teams. Then of course he has the ability to help out in run coverage.

The downside to Benwikere is that he obviously needs to get above 200 pounds to be able to compete with the physical wide receivers at the next level. Also, his senior year was his only one where he was a full-time starter, yet he had 11 interceptions last year.

Also, while Benwikere has good fluid hip-movement he struggles in the backpedal off the line of scrimmage and that can make him susceptible in a myriad of routes. Plus, his 40-yard times were not that impressive as they ranged from 4.59 to 4.69, and with that speed it allows wide receivers to beat Benwikere down field.

Mocking the Draft places Benwikere as their 31st cornerback and will be taken either in the seventh round or be an undrafted free agent.

Here are Benwikere's from the NFL Combine and workouts:


Here are video highlights of Benwikere: