Gee-Gees DB/LB Jackson Bennett blazes 40 at Ottawa pro day

University of Ottawa defender Jackson Bennett clearly feels faster on his home turf.

The defensive back ran a speedy 40-yard time at his pro day Friday at Gee-Gees Field.

Bennett ripped off a 4.48 laser 40-yard time in front of Washington Redskins and Ottawa Redblacks scouts. The All-Canadian displayed quick change of direction with a 6.47 three-cone time, 4.02 short shuttle, broad jumped nine feet, eight inches and stood on his CFL combine numbers for the vertical (33.5-inches) and bench (22).

The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder played multiple positions – safety, corner, halfback and linebacker – for the Gee-Gees defence during his career at Ottawa. Bennett has played at a high level regardless of where he’s lined up on the field.

He won the Ontario University Athletics President’s Trophy for the most outstanding defensive player in the conference last season. Bennett had 47 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups, three interceptions, one touchdown, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one sack. He was an All-Canadian as a defensive back and OUA all-star as a returner in 2017 with 19 kick-off returns for 611 yards, including a clutch 99-yard touchdown return with less than two minutes left to lift Ottawa over Queen’s last season, and three punt returns for 53 yards.

The pure speed and quicks displayed at the pro day elevated his stock on both sides of the border. For CFL purposes, Bennett is a likely first-round pick.

Justin Dunk

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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13 Comments on Gee-Gees DB/LB Jackson Bennett blazes 40 at Ottawa pro day

  1. 4.48 in Ottawa, and 4.69 at the combine. That really was a slow track in Winnipeg,

  2. Doug Mc Clintock // April 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm //

    He is good playing both ways, with nice blocking and him making good moves, he is a winner for any team !

  3. Bill deHoog // April 6, 2018 at 2:59 pm //

    Let’s hope Marcel takes him

    • Maybe on special teams and possibly as a backup safety.
      Some good performances in the CIS but has never gone up against NCAA or ex-NFLers.

      • MJ Bandit // April 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm //

        Hey – spam boy checks in again with his usual wisdom – what a surprise.

        How’s Madden Football going in your mom’s basement, wannabe ?

  4. Those are very good numbers. I have to think that an NFL shot is a real possibility for him now. Two other issues jump out from this.

    1. They need to find a way to have both a fast track and a spectator friendly venue at the combine. Both of these things are important.

    2. I think we’re going to have to come up with a better way to handle players who go to the NFL. There’s too much uncertainty. I’ll throw this out as a starting point. If a team drafts a player who ends up going to the NFL I propose a rule where at any point while that player is still the property of an NFL team the drafting team could relinquish their rights to that player in exchange for a pick in the following year’s draft 5 spots (or perhaps 9?) lower than where the player was taken, and then said player would go back into the flowing year’s draft as well. This would give a team some compensation for losing a drafted player to the NFL, but there would still be a penalty of some loss of spots. The player re-entering the draft would likely be re-drafted but his status would be clearer. After a year or two CFL teams would have a much better idea of whether that player was likely to come back to the CFL or not.

    • I really wonder if the CFL wants slow 40 times at the combine so that their players don’t attract NFL interest. So if Dan Petermann ran a 4.54 at the combine, is he really capable of running a 4.34? Maybe his agent should be contacting the Patriots about a try-out.:-)

      • That’s a good point about Petermann. What is his real 40 time? If he is really a 4.3 range guy that would be a big deal.

        I doubt that they would intentionally try to make the players look bad, but either way if the combine isn’t set up to show the players at their best then more and more players aren’t going to want to come. Instead of 3 or 4 not coming it’ll start being 5 or 10.

      • The last couple of years, after the NFL draft, the New Giants would bring in a bunch of U Sports players for a look at their mini camp. I wouldn’t be surprised if Petermann and Bennett would get an NFL look then.

  5. He looked very good in Wpg. He’s smooth and has great change of direction with his hips

  6. Is this kid on any CFL negotiation list ?

  7. MJ Bandit // April 7, 2018 at 12:04 am //

    Very impressive set of testing #s – improved on the CFL Combine numbers he put up; that 3 cone # I believe would be the all-time CFL Combine best (?) – incredible / hard to believe – or is that a typo here ?

    Bennett could maybe pan-out to play either OLB spot in the CFL or safety.

    Ottawa should use their 1st rounder on this local product IMO; and they could still get a good O-line prospect in the 2nd round.

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