- BProjectionRound 4-5
- YearRS Senior
- Hand9 ⅝
- Arm33 ⅜
Strong Points: Big and strong. Productive. Well-coached. Four-year starter. Good hand use. Effective run blocker. Pulls and adjusts on the move. Sets quickly in pass protection. Strong punch. Mirror and anchor ability. Alert and aware in pass protection. Durable -- never missed a game with the Badgers.
Weak Points: Plays tall -- not a consistent knee bender. Good (not great) athleticism. Sometimes overextends and winds up on the ground.
The Way We See It: A typical Wisconsin offensive lineman, Benzschawel is a large man with strength and refined technique. He was a tight end and defensive end in high school who made the conversion to offensive line upon arriving in Madison. Benzschawel became a starter at right guard his redshirt freshman year. He is not a top athlete, but he is athletic enough with good feet. Teams win with guys like Benzschawel, who will come in as a backup and eventually earn a starting job. He will never be a Pro Bowler, but he's solid. The club that drafts him will hope that he can back up at both guard and tackle, and though he has the size and length, he doesn't have previous experience on the edge. He projects as a starter by Year 3, if not sooner.