Quarterback Stetson Bennett has forged the path to success in these past couple of years, often knocking down the figurative walls that have been placed in front of him. Bennett began his college career at the junior college level as a 2-star recruit coming out of high school, making the most of the opportunity given to him. In 2019, he then joined the Georgia Bulldogs as a walk-on. After two seasons in a back-up role, Bennett once again took advantage of an opportunity after being placed in the starting role as a result of a season-ending injury to highly regarded quarterback JT Daniels. From there, he never looked back, leading Georgia to their first National Championship in over 40 years. In 2022, he topped his performance as the undisputed starter, throwing for 3430 yards on an elite 67.8% completion rate. This performance earned himself a nod as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, and back-to-back National titles.
Bennett displays intangibles to be a solid NFL quarterback, with adequate arm strength and the ability to make all NFL-level throws. Additionally, he also possesses a high-IQ for the game, often making the correct pre-snap changes at the line. Bennett also wowed the evaluators at the Scouting Combine, displaying a level of athleticism that many did not know he possessed. At the combine, Bennett ran a 4.67-second 40-yard sprint and impressed, adding a 9′ 10″ broad jump. On the field, Bennett also has a quick, crisp release, which helps him avoid taking sacks. Also, when you consider his winners’ mentality and his undeniable ability to be a team leader, there is not much to dislike about the quarterback.
However, there are glaring weaknesses. Bennett is just a smidge over 5′ 11″ and 190-lbs, which is listed as one of the smaller quarterback prospects in combine history. Moreover, many experts believe that he could struggle with staying healthy and upright without an elite offensive line, such as the one that has protected him at Georgia. Bennett’s arm strength is not ideal, often throwing lobs and helium balls when a dart is needed. Bennett must also work on his mechanics while being pressured.
All in all, it is hard to deny the intangibles that Bennett brings to the table. Additionally, you can count on a coach like Josh McDaniels to mold the quarterback in his image, as he has had an extensive history of getting the most out of young quarterbacks over the years. Moreover, Bennett has proven time and time again that he will optimize his potential and is very receptive to coaching. Considering the circumstances, this seemingly is an ideal fit for both parties. Look for the Raiders to have Bennett on their radar to be selected at #174 or #204-overall.