Versatile Ottawa defender Jackson Bennett holding pro day Friday

University of Ottawa linebacker and defensive back Jackson Bennett will have a pro day on Friday.

The Washington Redskins are sending a scout to the nation’s capital.

Bennett has played multiple positions – safety, corner, halfback and linebacker – for the Gee-Gees defence during his career at Ottawa. He has played at a high level regardless of where the 5-foot-11, 212-pound defender lines up on the field. The Ottawa native 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 athletic defender will try to improve on his CFL combine testing numbers. Bennett posted a 4.69 40-yard dash, 4.09 short shuttle, 7.02 three-cone, 33.5-inch vertical, nine foot, 5.5-inch broad jump and 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. That performance elevated his stock in the CFL draft and scouts view Bennett as a potential first-round pick.

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