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2024 NFL Draft Rookie Profile: RB Trey Benson (Fantasy Football)

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The 2024 NFL Draft is fast approaching, which means the rookie season is beginning in dynasty circles. If you've been following this class over the past few months, you know well that this class is pretty well-focused at wide receiver and quarterback. As for the running backs…not so much. As of this writing, there is no RB projected to go in the top 50 of the NFL Draft in just a few weeks. With that in mind, there is plenty of opportunity for Florida State's Trey Benson to emerge as this year's RB1, especially with Texas' Jonathan Brooks recovering from a torn ACL.

Editor's note: This article is part of our rookie profile series running through the 2024 NFL Draft. For more information on each rookie, check out Andy, Mike, and Jason's exclusive rookie rankings, as well as production profiles that can only be found in the Dynasty Pass, part of the 2024 UDK+.

College Production Profile

Benson had a very difficult start to his college career. As a true freshman at Oregon, he tore his ACL, ACL, both lateral and medial meniscus and hamstring. Due to this complex knee injury, he barely got on the field in Eugene and transferred to Florida State after the 2021 season.

In two years at Florida State, Benson wasn't exactly a workhorse. As part of a committee, he shared backfield touches but was extremely efficient during his time at Florida State, averaging over six yards per carry and just over 11 yards per catch. Given his size profile (more on that soon), Benson may have the frame to handle a full workload in the NFL, but it certainly wasn't used that way in college. To put this into perspective, Benson accounted for just 37% of his team's rushing attempts in 2023, well below leaders like Jonathan Brooks (50%), Audric Estime (50%), Braelon Allen (47%) and Blake Corum ( 47%).

Measurable values

Height Weight Old Breakout age 40 yard dash Vertical Broad
6′ 00″ 216 pounds. 21.7 20.1 4.39 seconds 33.5 inches 122 inches

With a height of 1.80 m and a weight of 90 kg, Trey Benson is built like an NFL RB1. According to our Dynasty Pass prospect database, the average stature of an NFL RB1 in college is just over 5'10″ and weighs 220 pounds. Based on size alone, Benson certainly does what we want from our fantasy RB.

At the NFL Combine, where he weighed 216 pounds, he ran a 4.39 40, showing some of the explosiveness and speed seen on tape. With this Speed ​​Score profile, Benson posted a RAS (Relative Athletic Score) of 9.78/10 and compares favorably to these fantasy RBs selected on day two of the NFL Draft (at least from an athletic profile perspective). ):

player Height Weight 40 yard dash RAS
Breece Hall 5'11″ 217 pounds. 4.39 9.96
Jonathan Taylor 5'10″ 226 pounds. 4.39 9.53
Kenneth Walker 5’9″ 211 pounds. 4.38 9.24
Demarco Murray 5'11″ 213 pounds. 4.41 9.18
Rachaad White 6'00” 214 pounds. 4.48 9.87

Of course, a player's athletic profile isn't the only thing we care about, but it's at least nice to see that Benson looks like an NFL RB from a size/speed standpoint. Next, let's dive into the film about Benson during his time at FSU.

What's on tape?

Viewed Games: Wake Forest (2023), Clemson (2023), LSU (2023), Boston College (2023), Syracuse (2022), Georgia Tech (2022)

1. Explosiveness as a one-cut runner.

After running a 4.39, it shouldn't surprise anyone that one of the first things to show up on tape for Benson is his ability to create explosive plays. In my opinion, he's great when he's able to advance the run to the rim, find a crease, and then shorten it up to get to the second level. According to PFF, Benson ranked 10th in breakaway rush rate in 2023 among all FBS backs who recorded more than 100 carries.

2. The ability to catch the football.

Benson isn't a CMC as a pass catcher, but he definitely has the ability to contribute to the passing game. As a pass catcher out of the backfield, Benson caught 32 of 39 targets at Florida State and averaged 1.31 yards per route run in his final two varsity seasons. Again, I wouldn't say Benson is elite in this category, but he at least meets the criteria to be able to contribute in all three phases of the game should his NFL team use him that way. NFL scouts have also written positively about his pass protection skills, which could help him get on the field early in his NFL career.

NFL Network's Lance Zierlein: “Benson has some talent as a pass catcher and enough protection skills to warrant a role as a complementary three-down option.”

The athletic Dane Brugler: “With Florida State's offense locked into a package for backup RB Lawrance Toafili, Benson averaged just 13.5 offensive touches per game in 2023 but showed key improvement as both a pass catcher and a blocker.”

3. Above average contact balance and ability to break tackles.

According to PFF, Benson ranked 57th in the country last year in forced missed tackles per attempt and 69th in yards after contact per attempt. On tape you definitely see the ability to absorb contact and rack up positive yards, but I wouldn't necessarily say Benson is the most elusive or agile RB when it comes to the ability to make you miss.

What's not on tape

1. Top-notch page speed.

While Benson is a very explosive runner who can make it to the second level, he is not the most fluid athlete when it comes to east-west movement. When I watched Benson, I saw a few reps where he had a hard time using agility to make defenders miss shots. If he's making guys miss, it's more about his ability to power through contact and win with his speed.

2. Fumbles.

Hey, that's great! In the games I watched, I didn't see any ball security issues with Benson. After watching his games, I looked at his numbers again. According to PFF, Benson didn't fumble once in his professional career from 2021 to 2023. That ball security could go a long way toward gaining the trust of his coaches when he gets to the next level.

Fantasy outlook

According to Grinding the Mocks, Benson is not expected to go in the top 50 of the NFL Draft. Meanwhile, the Mock Draft Database has Benson on the consensus Big Board at No. 64 overall. In early March, ESPN's Jordan Reid mocked Benson at No. 56 overall to the Cowboys. At this point in the process, it looks like Benson is stuck in the back end of the second round, but there's a chance he could slip into the early third round based on consensus big boards and mocks.

With second-day draft capital, a good production profile, and a great athletic profile, Benson appears to be a solid fantasy candidate. With that in mind, we need to be realistic about this class in general. There is no Breece Hall, Bijan Robinson, Jahmyr Gibbs, etc. in this year's group. However, Benson currently has a strong case as the RB1 in this class and is worth a look in the early second round of rookie drafts in dynasty leagues depending on the landing spot .

According to our Marvin Elequin rookie model, he's considered a 75th percentile prospect, and according to his database, second-day RBs have a 64% hit rate in that area. It definitely shows that while Benson seems like a good candidate, there are some gaps in his profile.