In the middle of meetings, measurements and more meetings, Benny Snell spoke to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher admitted he’s a little tired from the long days at the convention center, but he did not wish to reveal which teams he spoke to throughout the day. That changed after a one reporter asked if he met with the New York Jets.
“You got lucky with that one,” he laughed. “I did meet with the Jets. We talked history. We talked about Matt (Snell), what I would bring to the team, and we talked about how great Jamal Adams is. I would love to be with a great player like him.”
The Jets probably won’t take Snell with the third overall pick, but they do hold two third round picks, No. 68 and No. 94 overall, typically where Snell is projected to fall.
Snell shares a connection with the franchise, and it’s not just great branding potential. His great uncle, Matt Snell, rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Jets’ Super Bowl III victory over the Baltimore Colts.
“Joe Namath won MVP. It should’ve been Matt Snell.” Benny believes he shares a lot in common with his great uncle.
“A player with so much power. It would take like three guys to tackle him. One guy is definitely not tackling him. Whenever you put the ball in his hands, that’s when he produced the most…It really runs in the family.”
Snell shares a connection with more than one NFL team. Another reporter got Benny to confirm he also met with the Chicago Bears, whose first pick in the draft is in the third round at No. 88 overall. The running back at the top of the Bears’ depth chart, Jordan Howard, has actually worked out with Benny at UK.
“I’ve been learning from Jordan. He comes back and trains at Kentucky. My strength and conditioning coach, Coach Hill, was at Indiana, and that’s where Jordan Howard was at. It all worked out. I’ve got to talk to Jordan a little bit. It’s all cool.”
Following that response, someone tried to confirm a meeting with the Eagles, but he refused to give up any more details from visits with NFL teams.
Snell will likely meet with more teams before he departs from Indy, but if destiny has anything to do with where he’s drafted, he’ll be singing “Benny and the Jets” in New York City.