Name: Mason Bennett
School: North Dakota
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
Going into my senior season a goal I had was to be the best leader and teammate I could be, both on and off the field. I was chosen as a captain by my peers as a result of that. Personally I had a goal of being disruptive on the field every play and taking my pass rush to the next level. It payed off in the last game where I broke my schools career sack record with 21 total sacks.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say I’m a relentless football player who leads by example along with being a good teammate who pushes and motives other players to do their best. They would also say I’m an aggressive defensive player who loves getting into the backfield and just causing havoc every play, at the same time they would also say I’m very intelligent and easy to play behind and beside.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When watching film I like to first learn about the other team, specifically their O line and what type of players I’m going against. Second I look for tendencies in specific players or their scheme. I then like to visualize plays we would run against certain looks. Watching film on yourself is extremely important to me whether it is practice or a game, finding something to improve on for tomorrow is something I take to heart and has really helped me improve on the field.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me is my ability to play multiple positions. The scheme we ran in college gave me an opportunity to play on the edge with my hand in the dirt or standing up, play a 3 tech, and play in space covering offensive players down the field. I believe I can play a few positions at a high level.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Since the beginning of January I’ve been training at Training Haus in Minneapolis, Minnesota with Bill Welle. On top of that I’ve been sharpening my positional skills training with Line of Scrimmage also critiquing my college film, studying NFL film and schemes.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
On the field I bring a versatility that can set edges, pass rush using speed and power on the edge, play a 3 tech or play in space dropping back into coverage. Along with on the field I would say I’m an honest, trustworthy and loyal man who has made a commitment to my teammates and coaches that I will do my best. I enjoy pursuing my goals and the hard work it takes to also enjoy playing the game.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
For me, success is defined as commitment. I set high expectations and challenging goals for myself and I train and play the game with strength and honor. Discomfort enlightens me and fear motivates me. Any team would be getting a reliable, coachable, hard working man who shows up everyday to compete at peek performance.