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Louisiana-Lafayette - Ragin' Cajuns

Dwight Bentley

Dwight Bentley - #5 - CB

Height: 5-10
Weight: 182
Speed: 4.41
Arm: 30 1/4
Hand: 8
Wingspan: 71 7/8
Birthdate: 05/16/1989
Hometown: Pahokee, FL
Grade: 5.38


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/20/2012 Louisiana-Lafayette Pro Day 5-9 7/8 183 8 30 72 1/4 35 1/2
02/29/2012 Combine 5-10 182 8 30 1/4 71 7/8 4.43 13 9'6" 31 1/2 4.50 12.11 7.00
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 5-9 7/8 176 7 7/8 29 1/2 70 7/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-9 5/8 184 4.55



Won three state titles at Pahokee (Fla.) High. Redshirted his only season at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College in 2007. Enrolled at Louisiana-Lafayette in the spring of ’08 (wore jersey No. 22) and started 10-of-12 games, recording 45 tackles, three pass breakups and zero interceptions with 2 1⁄2 tackles for loss. Started 11-of-12 contests at right cornerback in ’09 and posted 58-5-3 with 2 1⁄2 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Returned an interception 70 yards for a TD against North Texas and scored defensive points after picking up a blocked kick and returning it for two points. Did not start against Florida Atlantic after being slowed in practice by an ankle injury. In ’10, produced 58-6-1 with three tackles for loss and half a sack in 11 starts at right cornerback. Did not play against Arkansas State (ankle). Made all 13 starts in ‘11 and registered 71-6-3 with five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.


Very light on his feet. Thin ankles. Outstanding speed. Fluid movement skills. Supple hips. Good balance and agility to shadow receivers off the line. Quick in short area. Plants and drives smoothly. Breaks on throws and shows timing and hand-eye coordination to get his hands on the ball. Aware in zone and has a feel for routes. Supports the run with urgency. Has special-teams experience as a “gunner” and jammer. Confident, competitive, smart and mature. Quick learner. 


Adequate size. Has short arms and very small hands. Short on functional strength to press, work off blocks and contend with bigger, stronger receivers. Does not relish contact and picks his spots to be physical. Goes low and misses some tackles. Can get caught peeking in the backfield and is vulnerable to quarterback manipulation and double moves. Vertical leap (311⁄2 inches) tied for worst amongst defensive backs at Combine (although he did noticeably bulk up prior to the event). Durability could be an issue.


Lean, fluid, finesse cover man who likes to play off and angled to the quarterback, seeking to pounce. Did not look out of place against better competition at the Senior Bowl, is scheme-versatile and solidified his standing throughout the postseason process. Should contribute readily as a nickel back and has starter-caliber ability. 

Dwight Bentley's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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