LSU has of late churned out a slew of talented defensive linemen. In fact, they have usually been so deep at the position that even their most talented layers have been part of a rotation. While this serves to keep players fresh, it doesn’t help them pile up impressive statistics. As a result, D-linemen like Bennie Logan can get a bit lost in the shuffle. In 2011, he lined up next to eventual first-rounder Michael Brockers; in 2012, he was overshadowed by the Tigers’ dynamic duo of Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery. Yet, in both season, Logan was quietly the Tigers’ most consistent defensive lineman.
In no small part due to this depth, Logan’s collegiate career started slowly. He redshirted in 2009 and played just three games in 2010, posting a paltry five tackles. Over those two years, he gained the 30 pounds he needed to compete in the ultra-competitive SEC, yet managed to maintain his athleticism. In 2011, he exploded, using his increased bulk and maintained athleticism to rack up 57 tackles (6.5 for loss) and three quarterback bags, and outperforming his linemate, Brockers. What’s more, Logan saved his best for last; in the BCS title game, he racked up six tackles (1.5 for loss) and added a sack.
In 2012, now the focus of other teams game plans, Logan’s stats fell off a bit. He totaled 45 tackles, with 5.5 for loss, and two sacks. Still, this production was enough to earn him Second Team All-SEC honors. And the best may yet be on the horizon; Logan is the kind of under-utilized collegian (not unlike Jay Ratliff) who is likely to be a better NFL than NCAA player. He certainly looks the part: Logan is built like a prototypical three-technique, and he’s highly athletic, with a wide frame and excellent lateral quickness to step into a gap and penetrate into a rival backfield.
But don’t just take my word for it; look at the tape. Here he is in 2012 against Ole Miss; here, in one video, we see him versus Alabama and Mississippi State. Not enough? Well, then, lets see what our collocation of draft pundits have to say about Logan. Read on, brave BTBers, and ye shall be enlightened!
ESPN/ Scouts, Inc. (Gary Horton): 11th-rated DT; 77th overall
Versus the run: Not a massive space-eater. Will fight hard vs. double team but rarely is able to hold ground or split. Lacks lead in trunk. Will never be a good two-gap defender in NFL. However, he fires out low, shows adequate-to-good initial pop, and has strong hands and long arms to lock out. Strength of his game is his combination of awareness and disengagement skills. Does a very good job of keeping eyes up and locating the football. Has quick, strong hands to get off blocks.