Kurt Benkert Pre-Draft Report
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Author – Bryan Trulen
Kurt Benkert 6’2 1/2 218 Virginia
Kurt Benkert started his career at Eastern Carolina & ended up transferring to UVA in 2016 reuniting himself with Ruffin McNeill who recruited Benkert to Eastern but ended up taking a coaching job at Virginia. Benkert immediately took hold of the starting quarterback job in 2016 and ended up being a very productive player for the Cavaliers. Benkert ended up throwing for over 5,700 yards 46 touchdowns against 20 INT’s across 24 starts in Charlottesville.
Trait Grades (Benkert)
Arm Talent (A-)
Arm Strength (A-)
Ball Placement/Accuracy (B) Delivery/Mechanics (B+)
Toughness (B-) Pocket Presence (C)
Intangibles/Off-Field (B) Running Ability/Athleticism (B)
Anticipation (B+) Football IQ (B) Touch (A-)
Throw on Run (A-)
Tape Analysis (Benkert)
Benkert is a natural athlete at the position with solid instincts as a passer which make him an intriguing developmental quarterback prospect. A naturally accurate passer on a variety of throws. A guy who has a natural feel for the passing game’ in terms of his
ability to throw with both pace & touch something that is accentuated on deeper more difficult throws. Benkert is also highly competent at throwing in breaking routes on time with velocity. Shows the ability to make difficult down the field throws on the move and a throw against Miami illustrated this skill as Benkert rolled left and fired a perfect deep bomb 50 yards down the field with precise ball location (placing ball away from FS) touch and top level arm strength. Benkert is blessed with natural arm talent.
Benkert’s mechanics have a tendency to break down under pressure. Does not respond to pressure in most positive fashion as he will freeze up at times. His accuracy is inconsistent. At times he plays like he could develop into an NFL starter but there other times where Benkert looks like a guy who could end up getting cut and be out of the league in a few years.
Benkert will garner interest’ as a late round (5-7) pick and will end up in competing for a roster spot this august. There are holes within his game’ that must be addressed but many of the raw throwing materials already exist for the Virginia product. Best case scenario is Benkert latches on somewhere and is granted the opportunity to develop into a a primary backup’ role within a few years.