San Jose State University cornerback Bene’ Benwikere has been very busy over the last few months. After finishing his senior season with 55 tackles and five interceptions at SJSU, Benwikere has been preparing for May’s NFL Draft. At the Scouting Combine in February, Benikwere ran a 4.63 40-yard dash, 40.5″ vertical and 122.0″ broad jump.
At corner, Benikwere has great size (5’11″/195 pounds, 30″ arms), ball skills and footwork, and picked off 14 career passes while at San Jose State. He plays the ball like a wideout, and put up great overall numbers during his four years of college ball (214 tackles, 11.5 TFL and 22 PD in addition to his 14 picks).
Benikwere took time out of his day to speak with us about his college career and the upcoming draft:
All-Out Blitz: How beneficial in your mind was the combine for your draft stock?
Bene’ Benwikere: I think it helped teams understand that I am a smart football player and I know what’s going on. Also, it allowed them to talk to me and watch me for themselves to see how versatile I am and that I can help any team in any desired area they may need me. The combine allowed coaches to sit down and intellectually pick my brain and further see my physical attributes that will give them the flexibility to use me as a fit for their team.
AOB: What will you contribute to an NFL team?
Benwikere: I believe ultimately I will be able to contribute to any team that drafts me. I believe I’m the ideal play-maker on defense that coaches will want.
AOB: What is the biggest moment in your football career, and why?
Benwikere: A game during my junior season in which I intercepted their quarterback three times to help my team defeat Louisiana Tech, the No. 1 team in our conference. That helped us get to 11-2 record that season and for that performance I was named Walter Camp National Player of the week.
AOB: How has playing In the mountain west helped you prepare for the next level?
Benwikere: I think the Mountain West has some very good quarterbacks that are at pass-happy universities. Therefore that will help me in transitioning to the NFL because a lot of teams are starting to put the ball in the air a lot more.
AOB: Who in your college career was the toughest wideout you faced?
Benwikere: The guy that gave me the most competition in a one-on-one battle all game is Myles White from Louisiana Tech during my junior year.
AOB: Thanks for your time, Bene’.
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