While most of the DT talk, in terms of finding a guy in the draft to generate a pass-rush from the 3 technique spot, has revolved around guys like Star Lotulelei, Sheldon Richardson and Sharrif Floyd, one name that hasn't gotten a lot of attention is LSU's Bennie Logan.
Logan has been on my radar since the beginning of the year, when I scouted the UW/LSU contest and noticed a guy with length, quickness and speed that reminded me of Chicago's Henry Melton - who many know I have championed as a guy Seattle should go after in Free Agency if they aren't convinced they'll be able to find some interior pass rush among this year's draft crop.
At 6'3, and right around 300 lbs, Logan possesses ideal size for the 3 technique, to go with flexibility, burst and length to create and close in space, and has demonstrated such natural ability in his limited playing time at LSU.
Here's my updated scouting report on him:
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Positives: Thick frame with long arms and powerful lower half. Gets arms extended off the snap and uses hands well to keep his frame clean. Utilizes low center of gravity to bull rush and collapse the pocket from the inside. Impressive hand quickness to swat and clear. Good burst to close on space in front of him. Maintains backfield vision while engaged, and disengages nicely to close the running lane to either side.
Quickness and punch of a 3-technique, but exhibits awareness and anchoring strength to be a 2-gap player as well. Stays low off the snap and displays good bend to absorb impact. Appears to lack "plus" lateral quickness. Will get turned around with his back to his opponent when rushing, and can be taken out of the play altogether.
Negatives: Isn't very powerful in his upper body, struggling to throw defenders off his frame when locked on.Has a tendency to lose leverage/position and doesn't look nearly as powerful when asked to pinch/squeeze down and move his opponent laterally, as he does in a straight line. Appears to take the occasional play off from an effort standpoint, and technically, resorts to bull-rushing more frequently than he should considering his other natural gifts. Isn't very instinctive or aware against the run.
NFL Comparison: Henry Melton, DT, Chicago Bears - Logan has ideal quickness, athleticism and flexibility to be an effective interior rusher from the 3-technique spot. He's still raw and inconsistent when asked to hold position or defend the run, but further technical coaching could help mold him into an extremely disruptive interior force, as there are no apparent limitations in terms of natural tools.
Considering his inexperience and that he isn't the size/speed combo that some of the bigger names in the draft are, we could see Logan slip as far as the 3rd round potentially, where he could be a tremendous value for a team looking for an interior sack threat with starter upside.
Seahawks Fit: Logan has the upside to be a starting 3-technique DT, and possesses the combination of athleticism, length and size that John Schneider and Pete Carroll rave about. He's raw, but would give better immediate pass-rush from the interior than any of Mebane, Branch or McDonald, and could find himself in the rotation quickly, as Scruggs did last season. Logan has more interior value than Scruggs though considering his size, and has upside that could make him an every-down player within a couple of years.
If Seattle opts not to trade up for a Richardson or Floyd in the first round (which they'll most certainly need to do if they want either one of those guys), a guy like Logan could be a nice under-the-radar grab in the 2nd or 3rd, where they'd get raw, 1st round talent.
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