Bill Bentley (American football)

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Dwight Bentley
Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley 2.jpg
Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley
No. 28     Detroit Lions
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-05-16) May 16, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 176 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High school: Pahokee (FL)
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
Debuted in 2012 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 33
Sacks 0.0
Interceptions 0
Stats at

Dwight "Bill" Bentley (born May 16, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the third round, 85th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana-Lafayette.

High school career[edit]

Bentley attended Pahokee High School in Pahokee, Florida, where he was teammates with Pernell McPhee and Janoris Jenkins. During his senior year, he led all defensive backs with 25 tackles, and also had 6 interceptions. Was named to All-Area First Team and All-State Second Team. He helped Pahokee win three Florida Class 2A state championships. He did not receive any college football offers his senior year.

College career[edit]

In 2007, he played a season at Dodge City Community College. He did not play that season, garnering himself a redshirt.

Considered only a two-star recruit by, his only scholarship offer came from Louisiana-Lafayette, which he accepted.[1]

In 2008, as a redshirt freshman, he played in 12 games, starting first 10 at cornerback. In 2009, he played in 12 games, starting in 11 of them. He led all defensive backs on his team with 58 tackles and had three interceptions. He was named All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention for his performance that year. As a junior in 2010, he started in 11 games, missing one game due to an ankle injury. He recorded 58 tackles, including 3 for loss and one interception. In his senior season in 2011, he recorded 71 tackles, a new career high, including five for loss, and also had three interceptions. He was named to the second team All-Sun Belt.

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Bentley was ranked among the top ten cornerback prospects of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 85th overall pick., the ninth cornerback selected.[2]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 182 lb 30¼ in 8 in 4.43 s 4.50 s 6.99 s 31½ in 9 ft 6 in 14 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Detriot Lions[edit]

On May 11, 2012, Bentley agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Lions.[4]


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