1. He’s versatile.
Benenoch was recruited out of high school as a guard and played both guard and tackle during his college career. As a senior, he started 13 games, nine of which were at tackle and four of which were at guard. He projects as a tackle first, but his versatility will help his chances of making the 53-man roster.
2. He can move.
At last year’s combine, Ali Marpet ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of any offensive lineman at 4.98. Benenoch ran the exact same time during his combine workout, though it was the third-fastest among this year’s offensive linemen.
A look at the newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- He anchored a standout UCLA offensive line.**
This past season, UCLA gave up just 14 sacks, which were the second-fewest in a single season in team history. He also helped pave the way for Paul Perkins, who went on to rush for the third-most yards in UCLA history. Benenoch finished his career having started 35 games in a row.
4. He performs in the classroom.
Benenoch was recognized for his acacemics in addition to his athletics at UCLA. In the fall of 2013, he was selected to the UCLA Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll.
5. He is the second Buccaneer drafted on Day 3 of the draft to be born overseas.
Benenoch was born in Nigeria, becoming the second Buccaneer picked on the third day of the draft to be born in another country. The Bucs’ fourth-round pick, Ryan Smith, was born in Germany.