Trey Benson - RB - Florida State

Trey Benson had a slow start to his career at Oregon where he was mostly a non-factor for the Ducks’ offense. But after two seasons, he transferred to Florida State where he was a large part of the Seminoles’ success with back-to-back 1100+ all-purpose yard seasons.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 0″

Weight: 216 lbs

Age: 22

40-yard dash: 4.39s

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 33.5″

Broad Jump: 10’2″

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Rushing & Receiving Table
RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2020OregonPac-12FRRB000
*2021OregonPac-12FRRB106223.710006223.71
*2022Florida StateACCSO131549906.491314411.1016711346.89
*2023Florida StateACCJRRB131569065.8142022711.4117611336.415
CareerOverall31619186.1243337111.2134922896.625
Oregon6223.710006223.71
Florida State31018966.1233337111.2134322676.624
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/22/2024.

Notable Headlines

Trey Benson was only a three-star recruit out of high school per the 247Sports Composite rankings. And he continued to be mostly a name no one was paying attention to as he didn’t see the field as a true freshman due to an ACL tear and then only accumulated 6 attempts for 22 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt freshman. 

After his slow start, he decided to transfer to Florida State where he was immediately put to use. He was the leading rusher for the Seminoles in both of his years in Tallahassee, accumulating over 900 rushing yards and over 140 receiving yards each season. Plus he added a total of 15 touchdowns in his final season. In both seasons, he was awarded Second Team All-ACC honors.

Scouting Report

Positives

Benson is a physical running back with a hard-running style. It consistently takes multiple defenders to bring him down as he is great at keeping his legs churning and isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder. Sitting at 6’1” and 223 lbs per the Florida State website, he has the size and mass to take a beating with a high-end workload. Building on his physicality is his contact balance where he has a knack for bouncing off defenders and running through arm tackles like it’s nothing.

Contrary to a lot of bruising back archetypes, Benson has solid open-field speed capable of creating explosive plays if and when he gets free. Paired with his size, when he gets a head of steam, he’s a hard man to take down in the open field. Additionally, he provides solid value as a receiver with reliable hands out of the backfield.

Negatives

There aren’t a lot of major holes in Benson’s game other than his weakness in passing situations. Again, he has decent hands and can occasionally break off big runs after the catch. But is just average as a receiver and tends to struggle in pass protection. Pair those two together and it’s hard to envision a legitimate role as a workhorse back and more so just a 1st and 2nd down back. 

As a pure runner, you can’t ask for much more. His vision at times could be more consistent, occasionally missing open holes at the line of scrimmage. And his change of direction can be slow, decelerating too much with a lot of steps when trying to make those 90-degree cuts. But generally a very sound runner.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 4

Landing Spots

There are quite a few teams that could use a player like Benson in the middle rounds of the draft to either add depth or provide Benson an opportunity to develop into a lead-back. The Chargers stand out as needing help in their backfield as both leading rushers, Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley, have departed this offseason. Isaiah Spiller is joined by newcomer Gus Edwards from the Ravens as the only two notable backs in the room. Benson could come in and immediately become the top running back in that room and make an immediate impact depending on who they bring back.

Post Draft Analysis

Arizona Cardinals – Round 3, Pick 2

Landing Spot

While James Conner has been a very productive back for Arizona since he arrived in 2021, he’s not getting any younger and it was time to look for a potential long-term replacement. He will be 29 at the start of the season and has a track record of missing a few games each year. There is little depth behind him on the roster, although Emari Demercado was sufficient last year in Conner’s absence. But Benson provides a lot more than just sufficient and looks like the clear succession plan for James Conner whose contract is up at the end of the 2024 season. Benson will likely split carries early on with Conner and likely end up in a 1a/1b split, but should get the lion’s share of the touches if Conner were to miss any time.

Fantasy Impact

Benson lands in a nice spot on an offense that is rebuilding around Kyler Murray. They added arguably the best wide receiver in the draft this year and now get younger at running back with Benson. As mentioned, Conner will be 29 going into this season and in the last year of his contract. Year 1 will be a shared committee likely between the two, but it is clear that Benson has the opportunity here to secure a potential workhorse role in 2025 (and if/when James Conner misses time this season). The Cardinals have shown a willingness to feed James Conner in both facets of the game, and the same could be in store for Benson.

Benson provides a nice handcuff and potential stand-alone value in year one for Redraft leagues. So, he might be worth a late flier when the pickings get slim. But in Dynasty, he’s generally going in the top of the second round of rookie drafts which provides a nice value to attack for running back needy teams. It might take some patience for him to see an opportunity to take advantage of. But it’ll be better to be too early than too late.

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