Instant Analysis: WR Earl Bennett

WR Earl Bennett (Mark Humphrey/AP)

With the 7th pick in Round 3, the Chicago Bears selected Vanderbilt wide receiver Earl Bennett. According to, Bennett is the No. 18 player available at his position. Here is a scouting report on Bennett with all the highlights you need to know about the newest Midway Monster.

WR Earl Bennett – Vanderbilt

The numbers: 6-0, 209 pounds, 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 15 bench-press reps at 225 pounds, 26-inch vertical jump.

The skinny: The leading receiver in SEC history, Bennett continued to be incredibly productive for the Commodores even after Jay Cutler left Nashville for the NFL. While he's not a speed demon by any stretch of the imagination, he runs very good routes, catches the ball effortlessly, and can do some damage after the catch.

The analysis: There may have been some more talented wideouts on the board at this point of the draft, but Bennett is perhaps the most NFL-ready and could make an immediate contribution as a rookie. He might fit in quite nicely as a slot receiver, as he's known to be very tough and can work the middle of the field.

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