The football expert says Martellus Bennett is the best tight end available in the 2008 draft. If that’s the case, then why in the hell did the Dallas Cowboys draft him when they already have the best tight end in pro football, Jason Witten?
Until yesterday at about 6 p.m., no one who visits this site had ever heard of the former Aggie. The selection will go down as one of the more bizarre ones in Jerry Jones’ 20-year draft history. It makes absolutely no sense, especially considering Jones traded away the back-up and useful tight end, Anthony Fasano the night before the draft. Sure, Bennett may be a better all-around player than Fasano, but it still doesn’t make sense for the Cowboys to take him.
I had to search around for articles about this guy, just so I could learn more about who he is. Apparently, he is a great blocker and he’s very strong. He does not run routes well. He scored five touchdowns with 49 catches and 585 yards for the Aggies his senior season.
Here is what the football expert had to say about him:
The Antonio Gates/Tony Gonzalez comparisons are legit. Bennett actually played 30 games for the Aggies’ basketball team. He actually declared for the NBA Draft out of high school, but withdrew his name. Bennett has the rare type of size and athleticism that you see in very tight ends. He will create mismatches on the field that a good offensive system will take advantage of. In Dallas, Jason Garrett better utilized 6-5 Jason Witten this past season, which was a major reason for the success of Tony Romo and Dallas’ offense. Utilizing that tall/athletic tight end can open the field for your wide receivers and also create a nice safety blanket for your quarterback. Actually, Bennett creates that safety blanket twice because of his blocking, something that Fred Davis and Dustin Keller lack.
Here is an interesting clip that shows his athleticism:
Despite the guy’s play-making and blocking skills, it still boggles my mind why the Cowboys passed over the likes of Early Doucet, Mario Manningham and Reggie Smith to take him.