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100 in 100: Arrelious Benn (42 of 100)

Entering the 2009 college football season, Arrelious Benn was one of the higher regarded wide receivers in the nation. Comparisons were being drawn to players like Anquan Boldin and Hines Ward and for the most part still are. He is not your prototypical wide receiver and is one of the rare breed of bigger, more physical wide outs.

Benn decided this year after the season ended for the Fighting Illini to forgo his Senior year and enter the NFL Draft. This past season, Benn disappointed those who were spouting off high praise after his performance in 2008 of the Illinois Receiver. His numbers dropped dramatically from his '08 Season to the '09 Season. Although Benn's number's dropped considerably, it was not entirely his fault. Catching passes from a subpar Quarterback and playing in a run first offense can sometimes hurt a receivers stock. If you take a look inside the numbers of Illinois Quarterback Juice Williams, you will realize fairly quickly that Benn did not have much to work with. Williams was more of a running back than a Quarterback much like current San Francisco 49er Michael Robinson was at Penn State. There were only a couple occasions this past season where Williams went over 200 yards passing... let me say that again so it sinks in.... 200 Yards Passing.

Arrelious Benn, (a.k.a. "Rejus"), has plenty of upside and probably made the wrong choice in the school he decided to attend. He could of had phenomenal numbers and been considered possibly as the top rated receiver in the nation had he gone to a more aerial-prone offense. I do believe that Benn will have a chance to shine at the combine and earn himself a 1st Round selection but there is a good chance that he could fall in to the 2nd Round also. His performance this week will promote or demote his stock as is the case with most players participating in the events at the Combine. Should Benn fall in to the 2nd Round, he will be a steal for whoever snatches him up in my personal view.

After the jump here, we'll take a look in to some of the stats and highlights of Benn's collegiate career.

 

This is a great video that runs close to 10 Minutes, if you have the time, it's definitely worth viewing in it's entirety. If you do get a chance, you will notice that Benn seems to be very sure-handed, very physical, has decent moves, and decent speed. His route running needs to be polished and fine tuned but it's not so sloppy that it won't take but a training camp and preseason to fix.

 

CAREER STATS:

 

Stats Overview Receiving Rushing Fumbles
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 54 676 12.5 56 2 32 158 4.9 23 0 0 0
2008 67 1055 15.7 54 3 23 101 4.4 17 2 0 0
2009 38 490 12.9 58 2 7 23 3.3 8 1 0 0
2009 Regular Season Game Log Receiving Rushing Fumbles
DATE OPP RESULT   REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
9/5 Missouri L 37-9 1 9 9.0 9 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/12 Illinois State W 45-17 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/26 @Ohio State L 30-0 4 33 8.3 16 0 1 8 8.0 8 0 0 0
10/3 Penn State L 35-17 5 96 19.2 49 0 1 2 2.0 2 0 0 0
10/10 Michigan State L 24-14 3 38 12.7 20 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/17 @Indiana L 27-14 9 95 10.6 31 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/24 @Purdue L 24-14 3 16 5.3 6 0 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0
10/31 Michigan W 38-13 1 11 11.0 11 0 1 3 3.0 3 1 0 0
11/7 @Minnesota W 35-32 3 41 13.7 31 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/14 Northwestern L 21-16 4 31 7.8 17 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/27 @Cincinnati L 49-36 3 59 19.7 43 0 1 5 5.0 5 0 0 0
12/5 Fresno State L 53-52 2 61 30.5 58 1 1 2 2.0 2 0 0 0

 

SUMMARY AND PROJECTION:

Benn quite possibly has what it takes to be a worthy 1st Round selection, but because of his numbers (as mentioned above) he could very well fall in to the 2nd Round. In fact, a lot of the experts think he will indeed be a 2nd Round selection. Some of the teams that could potentially go after Benn in the 1st are the Bengals, Ravens, Cowboys, Jets, and Chargers. I don't expect there to be a large amount of wide receivers taken in the 1st Round, 2 to 4 tops but Benn could very well be one of those guys. Benn stands 6'2" and weighs roughly 220 LBS.

Possibilities -- 1st Round; Picks 20-32, 2nd Round; Picks 33-64.

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