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Kevin Bentley

SELECTED BY ATLANTA , ROUND 4, PICK 5, OVERALL PICK 101
LB | (0-0, 243) | Northwestern
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Lettered as a true freshman in 1998, with most of his action coming on special teams. A second-team All-Big Ten pick in '99, when he had a team-best 148 stops, including 10 for loss and two sacks. Also broke up three passes and picked off two. Started all but one game in 2000, but he was really limited for about 3-4 games because of a badly sprained ankle. Ended the season with 78 stops, including 11 for loss and three sacks. Picked off one pass, broke up three and recovered and returned a fumble 50 yards to help Northwestern upset Wisconsin. Had a team-best 147 stops, including 12 for loss and one sack in '01. Also broke up two passes but did not have an interception.

Positives: Bentley is a classic overachiever with a great work ethic who plays up to and beyond his ability level. He is very active and instinctive and will make a lot of tackles if he is freed up to run to the ball. He has worked very hard to build up his body and is also a student of the game. He stood out in the Blue-Gray All-Star game and should do very well on special teams.

Negatives: Lacks natural size and has to play on the weak side in a scheme that frees him up. Gets bounced around when he must confront linemen. Most of his plays come when he is totally unblocked. Is not a natural pass defender. May lack awareness vs. the pass.

Summary: A good but undersized player who must improve in coverage if he is to play regularly on the next level.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.