Arrelious Benn

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Arrelious Benn
No. 17 Jacksonville Jaguars
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-08) September 8, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Washington, D. C.
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Washington (DC) Dunbar
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2016
Receptions: 64
Receiving yards: 978
Receiving average: 15.2
Receiving touchdowns: 6
Player stats at

Arrelious Markus Benn (born September 8, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini.

High school career[edit]

A native of Washington, DC, Benn attended Dunbar High School in the Truxton Circle neighborhood, where he was teammates with Vontae Davis and Nate Bussey. Benn played wide receiver, running back, safety, and linebacker in high school, and was named a First Team High School All-American his senior season. That year Benn caught 56 passes for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns, the first Dunbar player to ever crack the 1,000 yard mark. During his junior season in high school, Benn caught 50 passes for 1,147 yards and 17 touchdowns. Following his high school career, Benn was invited to play in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[1]

Regarded as a five-star recruit by, Benn was ranked as the No. 5 wide receiver prospect in the class of 2007, behind Ronald Johnson, Terrence Toliver, Chris Culliver, and Dwight Jones.[2] Benn chose Illinois over Maryland, Notre Dame, Miami (FL), and Florida State.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Arrelious Benn
Washington D.C. Dunbar 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 4.5 Nov 9, 2006 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 84
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12   Rivals: 24  ESPN: 17
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

During his freshman season, Benn caught 43 passes for 521 yards (54 passes for 676 yards including the Rose Bowl appearance by Illinois that season); this was the team high for the season and a school record for a freshman. Benn also added 158 yards on 32 carries on the ground, along with returning 10 kickoffs for 280 yards, including a 90-yard kickoff return for touchdown against Penn State, one of his two touchdowns that day.[3] He was named the 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[4]

During his sophomore campaign, Benn's stats improved to 67 rec and a Big Ten-leading 1055 yards, along with 3 touchdowns through the air, and also contributed to the run game with 101 yards on 23 carries, with 2 rushing touchdowns. On August 10, 2009 Benn was named to the Walter Camp "Players to Watch" list for its prestigious Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. On August 12, 2009 Benn was named to 2009 Biletnikoff Trophy Watch list.

As a junior, Benn suffered a right ankle sprain in the season opener against Missouri,[5] and played injured the rest of the season, appearing in all 12 games, but accumulating only 38 receptions for 490 yards and two touchdowns through the air, to go with 7 carries for 23 yards and one touchdown on the ground.[6]

On December 16, 2009, following his junior season, Arrelious Benn announced his decision to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[7]

College awards and honors[edit]

  • Maxwell Award Candidate
  • Bliletnikoff Award Candidate
  • Preseason Third-Team All-American (by Athlon)
  • Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten (by Athlon)
  • Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten wide receiver and kick returner (by Blue Ribbon)
  • Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten (by Lindy's)
  • Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten (by The Sporting News)
  • Named Big Ten's Fastest Receiver (by The Sporting News)
  • Rated the No. 20 player in the nation (by The Sporting News)
  • Rated the No. 19 wide receiver in the nation (by Lindy's)
  • Rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the Big Ten (by The Sporting News)
  • 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • 2007 Freshman All-American

Professional career[edit]

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 Wonderlic
6 ft 1 in 222 lb 32¼ in 9⅜ in 4.42 s 1.55 s 2.58 s 4.32 s 6.78 s 37 in 9 ft 10 in 20 reps 11
40 time, short shuttle, and 3-cone drill from Illinois Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine[8][9]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Benn was drafted in the second round, pick 39 overall, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On March 15, 2013, Benn was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, along with a 7th-round pick, for a 2013 6th-round pick and a 2014 conditional pick.[10] On March 21, 2013, Arrelious Benn signed a one-year contract extension through 2014. On August 6, 2013, Benn tore his ACL.[11] On August 7, 2013, Benn was placed on the Injured Reserve list, which officially ended his 2013 season.[12] He was released by the Eagles on May 16, 2014. Benn was then re-signed by Philadelphia on May 19. Benn was placed on injured reserve on August 30, 2014. He was waived with an injury settlement on September 6.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Benn signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 5, 2015.[13] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Jaguars, but re-signed with the team a day later.[14][15]


  1. ^ "2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Roster". Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  2. ^ wide receivers 2007
  3. ^ Gary Klein, USC-Illinois accents Rose Bowl tradition, Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2007.
  4. ^ 2007 Big Ten Awards - Mendenhall, O'Donnell, Benn, Leman, V Davis, Zook [Archive] - Illinois Loyalty Forums
  5. ^ "Don't forget about me". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  6. ^ "Arrelious Benn". Sports-Reference. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Shannon (December 17, 2009), "Illinois' Arrelious Benn heading to the NFL", Chicago Tribune 
  8. ^ "Arrelious Benn Combine Profile",, archived from the original on 2 March 2010, retrieved February 27, 2010 .
  9. ^ "Arrelious Benn Draft Profile", .
  10. ^ Eagles Acquire WR Arrelious Benn
  11. ^ Wesseling, Chris (August 6, 2013). "Arrelious Benn tears ACL; Philadelphia Eagles thinner". Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ McPherson, Chris (August 7, 2013). "Arrelious Benn Placed On Injured Reserve". Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jaguars sign three players to reserve/future contracts". Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Oehser, John. "Down to 53: LB Davis, OG Bernadeau released". 
  15. ^ Oehser, John. "Jaguars claim LB Brown, S Huff". 

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