Draft Profile – CB Dwight Bentley


DWIGHT BENTLEY/CORNERBACK

Personal

Dwight “Bill” Bentley

Born – May 16, 1989 in Miami, Florida.

Family – Mother Andrea Bentley.

Physical

  • Height – 5-feet, 9 ¾ inches
  • Weight – 182 pounds.
  • Arms – 30¼ inches.
  • Hands – 8 inches.
  • Wing span – 71 7/8 inches.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.43 seconds.
  • Bench press – 13 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 31 ½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 6 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 6.99 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.5 seconds.

Hometown

Bentley grew up in Pahokee, Florida, a small town of approximately 6,500 people that lies on the shores of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County. Pahokee means “grassy waters” in the Creek language. It sits in an area adjacent to the Everglades and has some of the richest soil in the state of Florida. Once known as the “Winter Vegetable Capital of the World” just about every sort of vegetable and citrus fruit was grown in the area. Many of those farms and industries have closed over time.

High School

Bentley was a member of the graduating class of 2007 at Pahokee High School, part of the School District of Palm Beach County system. There are approximately 800 students in grades 7 through 12 at Pahokee. The school is most famous for its football program, as the Blue Devils have won six state championships since 1989. In a two-season span (2006-07), PHS went 28-0, won two state titles and was ranked No. 6 in the nation. Among the notable football players to come out of Pahokee have been Hall of Fame LB Ricky Jackson, WR Anquan Boldin, CB Alphonso Smith, DE Eric Moore and another dozen players who have spent time on NFL rosters.

2006 – Bentley was named second team All-State as a defensive back and was first team All-Area. He had 25 tackles and 6 INTs. One of his interceptions came against highly-touted QB John Brantley in the state championship game. Pahokee beat Trinity Catholic 25-11 to finish the season with a 14-0 record.

2005 – The Blue Devils went 11-2 lost in the state championship game to Trinity Catholic 37-30.

2004 – Pahokee went 14-1 and beat Pensacola catholic 43-9 for the Class 2B state championship.

Recruiting

There was little interest in Bentley coming out of high school he had little or no recruiting interests because of his physical size and his grades and lack of core requirements under NCAA rules. Had he reached a qualifying score, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Western Michigan expressed interest.

Junior College

Bentley attended Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas for the fall semester of 2007, but took a redshirt for football, working on his grades instead.

College

Louisiana Lafayette was the only school that serious chased Bentley into his junior college semester in Dodge City. So, that’s where he landed, becoming part of the Ragin’ Cajuns with four full years of eligibility available to him.

2011 – Named to the first-team Finished the season with 65 total tackles and 3 INTS, along with a pair of forced fumbles Bentley opened the season with a pair of interceptions against Oklahoma State and QB Brandon Wedden.

2010 – Bentley started 11 of 12 games at CB, missing one game because of an ankle injury. He led all defenders with solo tackles.

2009 – Played 12 games, starting 11 on the corner, missing one game due to an ankle injury. He led all defensive backs in tackles and had three INTs, including one he returned 70 yards for a TD.

2008 – Enrolled for the spring semester, and got on the field in the fall for 12 games, starting 10. .

Year

G/S

Tkl

TFL

Sks

INTs

PBU

FF

Rec.

2011

13/

71

5

0

3

6

2

9-4*

2010

10/10

58

3

.5

1

6

0

3-9

2009

12/11

58

2.5

1

3

5

1

6-6

2008

12/10

45

2.5

0

0

3

0

6-6

Total

47/

232

13

1.5

7

20

3

24-25

Caught 2 passes for 35 yards; 2 kickoff returns for 30 yards; scored 2-point conversion.

Video

Bentley in New Orleans Bowl vs. San Diego State – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvlRa3dltSs

Louisiana-Lafayette 2010 highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tFXBUuGmbU

EVALUATION

Strengths – Very good athlete, with quick feet and top level speed; he not only runs under 4.4 seconds in the 40, but he plays the game under 4.4 seconds. Just watching his footwork is entertaining, as he’s so quick and fluid in how he keeps himself in good position moving his feet around. He turns and backpedals and doesn’t slow down like it’s a natural move. If he gets the ball in his hands, there’s a good chance he’s going somewhere with that interception; he returned 3 of his 8 picks for touchdowns and average 28.3 yards per INT return. He’s got very good ball reaction, and he’ll stick that back foot in the ground and drive for the spot where the ball is going to be; a better performer and more comfortable in a zone, cover-2 type defense.

Deficits – Bentley lacks any extra poundage or natural padding, as he’s very small and wiry. That leaves questions in the mind of many as to how physical can he play the game. He’s not reluctant to come up and make a hit, but he’s not going to blow anybody up with a good smack. He lacked consistency playing in his senior season, sometimes looking like he was bored. Sun Belt Conference didn’t put the type of receivers on the field every Saturday that he would have seen in the SEC or Big 12, so level of competition comes into the equation.

Analysis – There’s no question Bentley has the skills to play in the NFL. The question among personnel types is whether he’s already played his best football. Physically, he looks a lot like Brandon Flowers and plays that way as well, if the ball gets in his hands, there’s a good chance it’s going to be a big play going the other way.

What the scouts say

An AFC scout said – “He’s got qualities that you can’t teach no matter how good the coaching staff might be. But he needs a lot of work on fundamentals and the little things that separate players at the highest level. I’m worried about his build, because there’s not a lot to the kid, but he plays much bigger and isn’t afraid of contact. He’ll find a spot in the league, but he’ll have to keep working hard to stay there.”

What Dwight Bentley said

“I’ve been holding that chip for a long time. I had to take another route. I just felt like I had to work extra hard to get to where I’m at today. I just always put that in the back of my mind, where I want to go, where I want to be, and I just took it; put that chip on my shoulder. It seems like I was that stone hidden in the dirt for so long. Now, I’m kind of getting a little shine, so I’ll take it and run with it.”

Does Dwight Bentley fit with the Chiefs?

Again, no team has enough cornerbacks and this young man is physically gifted. He’s in many ways Brandon Flowers-Lite in cover ability and physical size. What he doesn’t show on the field is the type of hitting that Flowers enjoys dishing out in the Chiefs defense. Traditionally, this is not the type of player the Chiefs under Scott Pioli go after.

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