Cedric Benson has a great combination of strength, size, power, and balance. He is a very strong runner between the tackles and is tough to bring down with first contact. He shows good vision with the ability to make quick cutbacks and has a solid burst through the hole with adequate speed to bounce outside. He also possesses very good pass-blocking skills.
As was the case with fellow Longhorn Ricky Williams when he came out of college, there are questions surrounding Benson's desire to play football, which could cause him to slip somewhat. He also lacks receiving skills and runs poor routes. His leadership skills aren't exactly what you would like to see in a franchise back either.
Cedric Benson is clearly a first-round talent, but teams might think twice before taking him at the top of the round because of questions about whether his heart is really in the game.