Christian Benford

American football player (born 2000)
American football player
Christian Benford
No. 47 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (2000-09-21) September 21, 2000 (age 22)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Randallstown (MD)
College:Villanova (2018–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Career history
  • Buffalo Bills (2022–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team FCS All-American (2021)
  • CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year (2018)
  • 2× First team All-CAA (2020, 2021)
  • Third team All-CAA (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2022
Tackles:6
Pass deflections:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Christian Benford (born September 21, 2000) is an American football cornerback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Villanova.

Early life and high school

Benford was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up Randallstown, Maryland, where he attended Randallstown High School.[1] He was named All-Metro and All-Baltimore County as a senior and played for Maryland in the Big 33 Football Classic.[2] Benford committed to play college football at Villanova over an offer from Morgan State.[3]

College career

Benford played in nine games with eight starts as a true freshman and was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Rookie of the Year and third-team All-CAA after making 49 tackles with six pass breakups and five interceptions.[4] He played in ten games with seven starts as a sophomore and broke up five passes with one interception.[5][6] Benford was named first-team All-CAA in his junior season, which was shortened and played in the spring of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[7] As a senior, Benford recorded 39 tackles with seven interceptions and an NCAA Division I FCS-leading 18 passes broken up and was again named first-team All-CAA.[8]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+12 in
(1.84 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.53 s 1.51 s 2.63 s 4.34 s 7.10 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
17 reps
All values from Pro Day[9]

Benford was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round, 185th overall, of the 2022 NFL Draft.[10]

Benford was one of the two starting CB's for the Bills in their week one 31-10 drubbing of reigning Super Bowl LVI Champs the LA Rams. Wearing #47, Benford totaled three tackles and one PDEF (pass defended) and was very present and in excellent coverage position throughout the night.[11]

References

  1. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Christian Benford, Cornerback, Villanova Wildcats". SI.com. April 10, 2022. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  2. ^ "Team Maryland roster announced for 61st annual Big 33 Classic". Capital Gazette. March 1, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  3. ^ "Defensive back Christian Benford commits to Villanova Football". VUHoops.com. SB Nation. July 18, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  4. ^ Sharp, Corey (April 4, 2019). "Villanova spring football practice notes: Christian Benford anxious to be 'spectacular,' quarterbacks compete". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  5. ^ Small, Tyler (September 16, 2021). "Villanova DB Christian Benford leading from the back of Wildcats' opportunistic defense". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  6. ^ "Benford has big hand in Villanova's first spring football win". Delaware County Daily Times. March 6, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "Hard work has paid off for Villanova cornerback Christian Benford". Delaware County Daily Times. September 16, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "Forrest Rhyne continues to pile up honors, tops list of Villanova All-Americans". Delaware County Daily Times. December 24, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  9. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Christian Benford, Villanova NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  10. ^ "Five things to know about Villanova cornerback Christian Benford, the second of three Bills' sixth-round picks". Buffalo News. April 30, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  11. ^ https://www.nfl.com/players/christian-benford/stats/

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