Bryan Bennett: Senior Bowl Update

Garrett Grayson, Bryan Bennett

While Marcus Mariota has declined to play in the Senior Bowl, his former teammate Bryan Bennett was added at the last second (partially because of Mariota declining and also because of Auburn QB Nick Marshall moving to Corner). Through the week of practice so far Bennett has impressed and stepped up as the most versatile QB in Mobile. While the top prospects (Jameis Winston, Mariota, etc.) are not participating in the Senior Bowl, for Bennett to come in and jump to the front this quick is a good sign for the one time Duck signal caller.

Bennett Impressive at Senior Bowl Thus Far

Bennett Impressive at Senior Bowl Thus Far

In a much publicized interview Bennett also stated his desire to work with his former coach, Chip Kelly, again. While this has pretty much been the case of every former Duck to go into the NFL, this is one of the few that actually makes sense. For one, Bennett would not have a high price, as Kelly would most likely only have to pass a waiver on the former Duck. On top of this, there have been murmurings of a lack of faith in Nick Foles, and second string QB Mark Sanchez is a free agent. This move makes even more sense when you remember that Kelly has also just been handed the keys to the front office for all intents and purposes. With Kelly calling the shots in Philadelphia, and Bennett’s currently low stock value, it seems likely that the Eagles would happily take a QB that is already familiar with how the Eagle’s offense is run.

The true test for Bennett’s draft stock will be the culmination of the Senior Bowl game, the NFL Combine (should he be invited), and his pro day at Southeastern Louisiana University. A strong showing combined with having a friend/former coach in Philly’s front office would bode well for Bennett. It truely would be interesting if after all the talk of a Mariota/Kelly reunion if the “Ugly Duckling” Bennett, wound up in Philadelphia instead.

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Noah Smith

Noah Smith

Noah is an undergraduate student from just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. Noah is currently pursuing a communications degree with the goal of becoming a sports journalist. Noah is a die hard Duck fan, mainly because of his obsession with football's X's and O's. In his free time he enjoys watching both pro and college football games,playing and listening to music, and drawing up his own playbooks.

  • MarcTheDuck

    I’ll be rooting for Bryan. He’s a good guy. And a good QB.

  • duckoutofwater

    If it happened, Bennett wouldn’t be the first Oregon backup to succeed in the pros.

    After starting for a couple of years, AJ Feeley stayed at Oregon for his senior year as a backup to some guy named Joe. He made a good career as an NFL second and third stringer–several years of it with Philadelphia, where he was quite popular. He still lives there according to

  • Anthony Joseph Gomes

    according to some sources bennett could be drafted in the late rounds or picked up in free agency like blount and lyerla were and at least ending up with some kind of chance. bryan showed class all the way when he wore the duck uniform and while i was sorry to see him hit the bricks i understand his choice being of a rather competitive nature myself.

  • hokieduck

    I like a sixth round pick for Bryan. I do not see him going to FA. He has good size and is extremely mobile. Hopefully, he has matured a bit at SELU and has begun to work through his progressions prior to taking off. If he can control that urge to run and become a QB, he could land somewhere and have a chance.