NAME: Benny Snell
POSITION: Running Back
JERSEY: No. 26
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 223 lbs
PROS: Physical runner with the ideal frame for running between the tackles. Can handle a heavy workload and not wear down. Powerful running style typically ends in a gang tackle and moving the pile. Tough man to bring down 1v1. Legs always churning through contact, able to absorb lateral shots and keep moving forward. Ideal runner for short yardage spots due to size, pad level and ability to twist/fall through contact to pick up extra yards.
Good vision as a runner, won’t hesitate to bounce outside to space when nothing is available inside. Won’t be limited by most schemes, as he was successful on power/gap runs as well as inside zone. Used heavily as a pass protector, and with good results. Squares up opponents and won’t hesitate to thump with full-speed, incoming linebackers. Despite pedestrian receiving numbers, was used in the slot and even sent on some wheel routes from the backfield, so he does have experience.
CONS: Athleticism is an understandable concern. Lacks the burst and acceleration to exploit small creases up front, allowing multiple defenders to slow him up through the hole. Non-factor in space as a receiver or runner. Won’t make defenders miss, elusiveness is a clear area of weakness. Doesn’t really have the burst to capture the edge against more athletic defenses.
Can be a bit slow to hit the hole, could stand to be more decisive as a runner (although his offensive line didn’t really define gaps for him either). Very minimal impact as a receiver (12 catches) during his time at Kentucky, and doesn’t have the traits to project to a much better one in the NFL.
Though his calling card is physical running, I would not describe him as a violent runner. Calling him a great tackle-breaker is probably a stretch. His style is more battle-through-bodies-for-a-few-more-yards than break-a-tackle-or-two-and-make-a-splash-play. If that makes any sense.