Biography: Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing significant action with the first team as a freshman and sophomore. Senior totals included 66 tackles/3 interceptions/3 pass breakups after he had 58 tackles as a junior.
Positives: Forceful run-defending safety who is always willing to throw his shoulders into a ballcarrier. Displays a good degree of quickness in his game. Forceful up the field on the blitz.
Negatives: He has poor footwork in reverse, loses transitioning to run with opponents and slow locating the pass in the air.
Analysis: Benton is a straight-line safety with an aggressive game, but he must be put in a system that does not ask him to play sideline to sideline. He must stand out on special teams this summer to have any chance of making a roster.
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