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Not a great day for Illini's Benn

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Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn's stock may be dropping after a less-than-stellar performance at the Combine on Sunday.

Entering the combine, Benn was projected to be a second-round pick.

They don't let every reporter covering the NFL combine evaluate the workouts. Here are two takes on Benn's day from pool reports.

Benn got off to a good start showing the ability to adjust to the ball in the air and the talent to catch the ball in his hands. He ran through the gauntlet with relative ease using those skills
with no body catches. However, when he had to run his routes, Benn's day went sour. He slipped on his first try on the out pattern to his left, and was tentative on his second try. He also slipped
on his first try on the out to the right side, and was tentative going after the ball on his second try. He appeared to be so concerned with keeping his feet that all his cuts and moves later were
tentative. His preoccupation with keeping his feet may well have contributed to a couple of big drops later in the workout.

From Vinny DiTrani of the Bergen Record

The highest rated receiver of this bunch is Illinois' Arrelious Benn, but today was not an impressive one for him. Benn struggled with his footwork today, slipping on multiple occasions on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf. He also struggled catching the ball, dropping a few passes during the gauntlet drill and while running routes. He looked particularly bad by having a hot, but accurate pass go right through his hands on during the gauntlet and subsequently dropping another one by turning his hands the wrong way when attempting to catch a poorly thrown post-corner route. Benn did not look overly explosive, though his strong frame is sure to intrigue scouts.


From Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com

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DON'T FORGET GREG LEWIS WASN'T DRAFTED EITHER AND HE IS STILL IN THE LEAGUE AFTER 7 SEASONS, BENN WILL MAKE A TEAM, HE JUST WON'T MAKE ALOT OF MONEY ON THAT FIRST CONTRACT!
THE DRAFT COMBINE CAN EITHER MAKE YOU PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA OR MAYBE NEXT TO LAST IN YOUR CLASS LIKE SENATOR MCCAIN!
KEEP WORKING HARD, GOOD THINGS WILL COME, DON'T DESPAIR, AND MOST OF ALL DON'T QUIT ON YOURSELF!

OMG PHIL DID YOU KNOW THERE'S THIS TOTALLY AWESOME BUTTON ON YOUR KEYBOARD CALLED THE "CAPSLOCK?" YEAH IT'S ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT UNDER THAT WACKY "TAB" BUTTON BUT ABOVE THE TIMID "SHIFT" BUTTON! PRESS IT JUST ONCE AND MAYBE YOU WON'T COME ACROSS LIKE A SCREAMING JACK@SS IN ALL YOUR POSTS!!

SINCE WHEN DID OBAMA BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH ANYTHING SUCCESSFUL?

HE WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR WHAT - LOOKING PRETTY?

Phil:

Do you really think bringing up these two rocket scientists will help the Bears or the government? The real help of course is JA and Lovie as the next senator duo, they may be able to do more for the government than they have done for the Bears.

Don't tell Lovie and JA about this receiver that is a big body that can't run routes or catch the ball, they may draft him or maybe Benn could run for Senate?

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