NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle options for Detroit Lions

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Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

Dec 30, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Michael Bennett (63) talks to reporters during Sugar Bowl media day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

As a Michigan fan and a possible future Spartan, it brings me a lot of pain to praise a Ohio State player.  But from time to time there’s a good player that comes out of Columbus that could help one of the teams that you love, you have to suck it up.

Bennett is one of those guys.  The 6-2 293 pound defensive tackle racked up 41 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks in the 2014 campaign that saw him selected to second team All-Big 10 (also awarded in 2013) and third team All-American.

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  • Bennett is an absolute monster in the trenches, being able to either get by the offensive line with his quickness, technique or pure power.  His weight is a bit concerning, considering he’s only 293 pounds.

    Still, he has the potential to solid NFL starter and to flourish in the right system.  He can be a solid contributor at the NFL level, and his college career shows he can be disruptive to the opposing offense.

    The Lions may shy away from him because of his weight, since it’s not the big dominating defensive tackle they’re looking for.  Bennett’s talent that shows that he can fit into this Lions 4-3 defense.

    Though he won’t likely be the first round pick for the Lions, he would be a great choice for the Lions in the second round.

    Personally, he would my pick over Jarrett and maybe take him in the first round if defensive tackles like Williams, Danny Shelton and Arik Armstead are already taken, just make sure the Lions get what they need.

    All in all, getting this Buckeye could do wonders for the future of the Lions.