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Draft Scout Tim Benford News
01/03/13 - WR Tim Benford was signed to a contract for 2013 by the Cowboys.
03/31/12 - Red Bank native, and former Tennessee Tech all-conference wideout Tim Benford models his game after New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz. Both slightly undersize, both from small schools. Only difference; Cruz has done it all, a Super Bowl ring and the stats to back it up. Benford is hoping to follow in those footsteps by improving his draft stock at UTC's pro day this Monday. "I mean it's a blessing to be in a situation you've been dreaming about your whole life," said Benford. The East-West Shrine Game, the NFL Combine. The past few months have been almost everything Benford has worked so hard for. His only issue, a rib injury limited him at the NFL Combine. Benford said, "the whole ride has been a roller coaster, up and down. It was frustrating but life goes on, you live and learn and make the best of it, that's all." Less than a month after the combine Benford did exactly that at Tennessee Tech's Pro Day posting an impressive 4.48 second 40 yard dash, but the work didn't stop there. Benford now feeling almost 100 percent is set for UTC's Pro Day where former Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman will bring a little extra attention. "Just coming to my own city, hometown guys, what more can you ask for. Just come down the street from where I live to play pitch and catch all day. No you can't beat that," said Benford. Benford who led Tennessee Tech in every receiving category said the pressure is gone, a hometown pro day catching passes from a hometown quarterback, "I'm just gonna get up and go, it's just another day in the playground for me. No butterflies, it's just business." - Paul Shahen, WRCB TV 3 News
03/16/12 - Limited by a rib injury at last month's NFL combine, former Tennessee Tech wide receiver Tim Benford ran and jumped for scouts during the Golden Eagles' pro day Wednesday in Cookeville. At the combine, Benford participated in only the 40-yard dash and some catching drills during the receivers' day on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium. He ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds and performed well in the drills, but scouts didn't get to see him doing the other running events or the vertical and broad jumps. Wednesday, with the ribs feeling better, the former Red Bank High School star was clocked in the 40 in 4.48 seconds. Posting a number below 4.5 seconds was significant, he said in a phone interview Thursday. "It's really good for me, coming from a small school," he said, adding that 40 times are very unpredictable because of the imprecise way they are timed - with guys holding stopwatches. "You don't ever know what they're going to put you down for." Benford said he covered 10 feet, 1 inch in the broad jump, had a 34-inch vertical and ran well in the other events. "It was all good and I'm glad to have it behind me so that now I can focus on football again," he said. Benford, the Ohio Valley Conference offensive player of the year, had 65 receptions for 923 yards in 2011. He will participate in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's pro day on April 2, so he can catch passes from former Mocs quarterback B.J. Coleman. - John Frierson, The Chattanooga Times Free Press
02/24/12 - Tennessee Tech wide receiver Tim Benford strolled into the media room at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, and he couldn’t keep from smiling. It’s been like that since he got to town for the NFL Combine. “I am still shocked right now with all ya’ll sitting around here,” Benford told reporters. “I am still surprised. It is an honor, though. It is a blessing. But it is overwhelming that I’m here. You see the combine on ESPN and wishing you could be here. To actually be here, it’s humbling.” Benford’s mission: Prove to NFL coaches and scouts that he belongs. Big schools passed him over coming out of Red Bank High School. Benford was a star at Tech, however. He was a four-year starter who wrapped up his career as the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year. As a senior he had 65 catches for 923 yards then he performed well at the East-West Shrine game. Benford received some valuable advice along the way from Tech Coach Watson Brown, who coached Falcons receiver Roddy White at UAB. “He always told me that me and Roddy have some similarities in my game,” Benford said. “When he told me that my junior year it really opened my eyes up and I want to prove myself to people. I want the league to see what I can do. And I want to prove I can play on this bigger stage.” - Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean
01/23/12 - TOP TEN PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE EAST-WEST SHRINE: WR Tim Benford, Tennessee Tech: With long, skinny arms, Benford snatches the ball out of the air with soft, reliable hands. He is a precise, quicker-than-fast route-runner with smooth footwork in and out of his breaks and knows how to get open in the short-to-intermediate field. Benford has ordinary long speed and is a bit unproven as a downfield target, but he flashed athletic skills and is a near-certain draft pick in April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com