Benny Snell | Human Wrecking Ball

It was a record setting freshman year for Benny Snell that saw him set the Kentucky freshman rushing record and earn a spot on the Freshman All American team. But Snell didn’t rest of his laurels and surpassed his freshman totals rushing for 1,333 yards and 19 touchdowns. At 5’11 233lbs Snell uses his size and power he generates from speed to be a human wrecking ball bouncing and running over defenders along the way. With Snell now draft eligible let’s learn a little more about it.


What Benny Snell Does Well

Snell’s game is built off of physicality and wants to punish defenders along the way. As a runner Snell attacks the offensive line getting to top speed immediately. His ability to generate explosive speed and his size makes him tough to tackle as he’s able to run through arm tackles and even bounce off body shots. To get Snell down you have to wrap him up and drive him to the ground. A big reason why he is like a wrecking ball is his contact balance. Snell is able to absorb hits and bounce off of them to keep running. Very rarely does he go down to first contact. Snell is also an accomplished pass protector. It’s not often you see someone as skill as he is going into their true junior year. But Snell uses his physicality and technique to square up defenders and hit them to stop their momentum.


Concerns about Benny Snell

While you have to love how Snell attacks the line of scrimmage it does come with a cost of patience and at times a lack of vision. Whether it is running into his lineman because he’s going 100mph at all times or missing a cut back lane there are times that Snell leaves yards on the field. As a receiver Snell doesn’t have a ton of experience catching only 11 passes over two years. Against Georgia he only ran two routes and was only targeted once running a wheel route where the ball was just outside of his frame and he wasn’t able to make the play.



Like most players if Snell goes to the right situation with the right team he can have a successful NFL career. That may not be a one that ends up with a spot in the Hall of Fame or several Pro Bowl appearances, but he has the potential to be an NFL starter and a solid one at that. Snell’s best fit is likely in a zone blocking scheme that can take advantage of his ability to get north and south in a hurry. Snell could play in a man/gap scheme but his struggles at times to see the hole and start and stop could lead to issues. Snell is inexperienced as a pass catcher but his ability to stay on the field and be a pass blocker enhances his stock more than other backs. With another strong  year I could see Snell be a late day two pick, but he’s more than likely a early day three selection.

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