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2018 Syracuse Orange prospect primer

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2018 Syracuse Orange prospect primer

Below are notable Syracuse Orange players eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft.  This program showed signs of life under head coach Dino Babers in 2016; who proved himself to be an engaging and fun personality while helping to commentate the 2016 National Championship game on the Coaches Panel courtesy of ESPN.


September 24, 2016: Syracuse Orange linebacker Parris Bennett (30) tackles UConn Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome (22). (Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire)

Middle Linebacker Zaire Franklin – 6000, 230 – Senior

Linebacker Parris Bennett – 6000, 208 – Senior

This duo of second level defenders found great success as the primary stoppers on the Syracuse Orange defensive front. Bennett is a tweener with an underwhelming frame for playing linebacker at the next level; but he has some likable traits. Bennett plays with a frantic approach and a hot running motor. His slashing style as a delay pressure playing allowed him to show late in the backfield on a number of occasions in 2016. As the team’s leading tackler in 2016, Bennett will be charged with another quality year if he’s to be taken seriously as a prospect.

Franklin, on the other hand, figures to make a significant play for an NFL career. He plays with a “see ball, kill ball” approach and has a good nose for splash plays (5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss in the past two seasons). Franklin possesses an athletic build and has movement skills to warrant consideration.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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