Pros: Ben aligns at RG for the Rebel offense. He has aligned at both tackle and also played center in the exposures I graded. He is a sufficient athlete with sufficient balance and body control. He was only on the ground two times in the games I charted. In the passing game, he is sufficient in his pass set and plays with a strong base. He has a good short set anchor and does a good job handling the bull rush. He has good latch strength in his hands and typically keeps them inside the frame. In the run game he is sufficient. He is stronger than he is explosive but shows good power in a phone booth. He gets sufficient vertical movement in the run game. He is dominant on double teams and his temperament as a blocker is sufficient. He will have more value for teams due to his versatility to play 3 interior line positions.
Cons: He’s not a great athlete and doesn’t have great initial quickness out of his stance. Although he has aligned at Tackle, he should Ideally remain as an interior lineman at the pro level. He has instances of struggling to handle hard inside slant rush moves from quicker defenders. He has good awareness and instincts inside but lacks good quickness to react to inside twists and games, which leaves his body in challenging positions. This may lead to holding calls in the NFL. I wish he was more of a consistent and nasty finisher as an interior linemen.
TDN Consensus: 69.50/100 (Sixth Round Value)
Marino Grade: 69.50/100