Bill Bentley (American football)

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Bill Bentley
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Bentley with the Lions in 2012
No. 28, 41
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1989-05-16) May 16, 1989 (age 28)
Miami, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Pahokee (FL)
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 45
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Dwight "Bill" Bentley (born May 16, 1989) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Louisiana-Lafayette and was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.

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. Bentley 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]

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 jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
182 lb
(83 kg)
30 14 in
(0.77 m)
8 in
(0.20 m)
4.43 s 4.50 s 6.99 s 31 12 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

On May 11, 2012, Bentley agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Lions.[4] On June 18, 2015, the Lions waived Bentley due to injury concerns. On November 18, 2015, the Lions signed Bentley after numerous injuries to cornerbacks.[5] On December 29, 2015, Bentley was waived.[6]


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