Instant Analysis: WR Earl Bennett
WR Earl Bennett (Mark Humphrey/AP)
WR Earl Bennett (Mark Humphrey/AP)
Posted Apr 27, 2008

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.

Want to see what 35-year veteran NFL talent evaluator Tom Marino has to say about Earl Bennett? Click Here to read his expert analysis.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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