David Seigerman
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Preseason Top 10 Draft Prospects: Big Ten

Jul 11, 2014 4:21 AM EST

4. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State


There will be a rush to declare Bennett is this year's version of Aaron Donald, which is a stretch. When you package his season, his performance in the Senior Bowl and his Combine showing, there was not a hotter prospect coming into the 2014 Draft than Donald, who went 13th to St. Louis.

Bennett isn't quite on Donald's level as a disruption along the interior of Ohio State's defensive line. Still, he is -- as Donald was -- the top 3 technique tackle prospect in his class.

Bennett (6-2, 288) is a bit bigger than Donald (6-1, 285), who was considered slightly undersized by NFL standards. Bennett's quick, but not as quick, though he shows a knack for consistently slipping blocks to make plays in the backfield (he has 17.5 TFL and 11 sacks in his career).

Ultimately, Bennett will distinguish himself as a first-round prospect on his own merits. He's a high character, high motor, highly productive defensive tackle who will find a nice home in someone's 4-3 front.