GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 06: Bennie Logan #18 of the LSU Tigers forces Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators to fumble during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan teamed up with defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery to form the most devastating pass rush in the nation in 2012. He totaled 12 tackles for loss and five total sacks over the past two seasons.
Logan is a shorter defensive tackle at 6-2, 309 pounds. He has long 34-inch arms, so a lot of defensive coordinators might see Logan’s height as a positive because it can help him stay low to gain leverage inside.
Logan is very quick off of the snap and displays a nice combination of speed and power. He does a good job of using his strength to fend off interior linemen in the running game. Logan can stand his ground at the point, rarely getting driven back, and then use his long arms to shed blockers. Logan also has decent lateral quickness to chase down ball-carriers in short areas.
As a pass rusher, Logan relies primarily on a bull rush. It can be effective, but he’s going to need to develop a quality second move at the next level. He shows spin and swim moves, but not enough to really keep offensive linemen guessing. If he can add a second move to his pass-rush repertoire, he could become a really effective interior rusher. The tools are there for Logan to be a starter in the NFL.
NFL Comparison: Sedrick Ellis
Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is another short interior defensive linemen. Ellis and Logan are very similar players, although Logan can be had at a fraction of the price of Ellis—the seventh overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Logan figures to go somewhere in the middle rounds, perhaps as early as the third or as late as the fifth. I like Logan’s upside and I think he should get drafted in the early portion of that range.
Fit In Dallas
The Cowboys have Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher to start inside, but it won’t be long before both of those guys are out of Dallas. That’s why defensive tackle is a position to watch throughout the draft, particularly in the later rounds. Since the Cowboys have a bit of time to develop a defensive tackle, Logan makes for an interesting selection due to his high ceiling.
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Jonathan Bales is the founder of The DC Times. He writes for DallasCowboys.com and the New York Times. He's also the author of Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Dominate Your Draft.