When comparing current and former Southeastern Conference running backs, it’s hard to not put Benny Snell Jr. near the top of that list. On Saturday, Snell heard his name called by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Despite being considered a Heisman Trophy candidate in the midst of last season, their was talk before the draft that former Kentucky Wildcat could fall all the way into the Round 6-7 range. However, the Steelers saw Snell’s promising abilities and elected to make him a part of their organization. As Snell enjoyed a plentiful amount of success at Kentucky, the six-time Super Bowl champion Steelers will surely give him a chance for more success at the professional level.
At Kentucky, the junior standout managed to slot his name next to the program’s all-time touchdown record in September and later break the UK rushing record during the VRBO Citrus Bowl in January.
Specifically, Snell’s 2018 season of 16 touchdowns and 1,449 yards remained on par with his 19 touchdowns and 1,333 yards as a sophomore in 2017, outlining a supreme ability of consistency and durability the running back will bring to the National Football League.
Snell’s style of play doesn’t exactly match up with the majority of other running backs in this era of football, but his brute force between the tackles and second/third level speed is still desired on every roster.