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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Trey Benson

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

by J.T. Toth


Photo courtesy of Tomahawknation.


The NFL Draft talk never ends, and we are here at Draft 412 in an effort to keep you ready for the next set of gridiron stars. From today until draft night 2024, we will bring you mocks, profiles, team needs, and everything else related to the 2024 NFL Draft.


Today’s Spotlight - Florida State, Running Back, Trey Benson


Name- Trey Benson

Pos- Running Back

Team- Florida State

HT/WT- 6’1” 221 lbs.

Born- 7/23/2002

Home – Greenville, MS


Benson attended O’Bannon High School in Gainesville, Mississippi before transferring to St. Joseph Catholic High School in Gainesville. In his final two seasons combined, he rushed for 3,616 yards and 48 touchdowns. He committed to play football for the Oregon Ducks.


Benson missed the whole 2020 season due to a torn ACL and in 2021, he made it onto the field two times, rushing 6 times for 22 yards and 1 touchdown. At the end of the 2021 season, he entered the transfer portal, where he decided to attend Florida State.


2022 was a coming out party of sorts for Benson. He played in 13 games, starting 6 and ran for 990 yards on 154 carries and 9 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, showing his versatility on special teams. He was named the ACC Newcomer of the Year and was selected second-team All ACC.


In 2023,, Benson rushed for 906 yards and 14 touchdowns, while averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He was also effective out of the backfield for the Seminoles, hauling in 20 passes.


Benson has lightning quick feet and an elite cutback ability he uses to find the open lanes. He is an explosive runner who can get to the third level and pressure defensive backs with his speed. He can cut on a dime and has strong athleticism for a 221lb. running back. With his build, he can beat you with elusiveness or run through you.


Benson struggles as a blocker and is seen as more of a 1st and 2nd down running back. He has not done much in the passing game and needs to show the NFL that he has the ability to add pass catching to his game. He lacks patience waiting for his blocks to develop and instead tries to cut to a new lane which won’t work at the pro level. He tends to run upright at times, making him an easier target for defenders.


A nice NFL comparison may be Chuba Hubbard out of Oklahoma State. They are both larger backs with pure running ability, but both struggle to add anything else to the offense.



Strengths


  • Cut back ability

  • Good burst

  • Change of direction

  • Kickoff return ability


Weaknesses


  • Patience

  • Blocking

  • Pass catching

  • Stiff running at times


Final Analysis


Draft 412 thinks Trey Benson is the perfect back to be selected on day 2. Benson is a combo back if a team already has a 3rd down back on the roster.


Draft 412 Draft Prediction- 2nd or 3rd round


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