Prospect: Bennie Logan, DT, LSUBennie Logan

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 309 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Adequate open field speed for a tackle, but not a great athlete in the sense of redirecting or overall foot quickness
  • Obvious power generated from a lower half with adequate girth
  • Stiff hipped lineman who struggles with pad level as a result
  • Prevalent balance issues, often stumbles out of contact or loses feet when trying to lower his pad level

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Fiery leader on the field who wears the prestigious #18 for the Tigers defense, a symbol of leadership on and off the field
  • High effort defender in pursuit or when fighting off blocks
  • Clearly understands scheme and is assignment sound
  • Struggles with gap discipline as a result of deficiencies in anchor ability and hand usage, ball awareness not the issue

Pass Rush:

  • Low impact pass rusher who quits early and resorts to getting his hands up too often
  • Productive batting passes and has a knack for timing his hands up with the motion of quarterbacks
  • Average bullrush ability due to high pad level, productive pressing the pocket if he can lower his pads
  • Hasn’t shown any ability to counter a power rush with a combination move

Run Support:

  • Quick off the snap and has burst to split gaps and be disruptive in the backfield
  • Gives up his chest to blockers too easily on initial contact and is forced to fight off blockers from behind with extra effort
  • Strong hands to jolt offensive lineman and create space to disengage
  • Unable to anchor double teams, ends up on the ground on most occasions
  • Does a poor job working laterally down the line after shedding blocks, limited ability to accelerate to the ball
  • Struggles to finish tackles when he arrives at the football, often comes in too high and fails to break down

Technique:

  • Struggles to bring his natural power to fruition due to consistently high pad level
  • Can give blockers fits with strong hands and heavy punches, more consistency needed
  • Will stop his feet while engaged occasionally and resort to using only his hands to free himself

Overall:

Bennie Logan is next in the line of LSU defensive tackles who shined in college.  He’s trying to buck the trend of disappointing production that the others have put up.  Unfortunately, Logan didn’t progress in the way most expected from his sophomore to junior season but declared anyway.  Some of that can be attributed to the increased number of double teams seen without the services of Michael Brockers.  Logan is your prototypical 3 technique who does best when given a gap to control.  He’s quick off the ball and into contact, often shooting past blockers before they’ve had a chance to set up.  He’s far less effective when playing head up and being asked to control two gaps.  He doesn’t control blockers at the point of attack as well as most tackles his size and is forced to guess a gap early on.  Bennie Logan has obvious limitations that restrict him scheme-wise and should keep him from being drafted until the third day.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Bennie Logan Scouting Report

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