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Bill Bentley
File:Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley 2.jpg
Bentley with the Lions in 2012
No. 28, 41     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-05-16) May 16, 1989 (age 33)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Career information
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Detroit Lions ( 2012 2015)
Career highlights and awards
*2009 Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt
Total tackles     45
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Pass deflections     5
Interceptions     0

Dwight "Bill" Bentley (born May 16, 1989) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Louisiana-Lafayette and was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.

High school career

Bentley attended Pahokee High School in Pahokee, Florida, where he was teammates with Pernell McPhee and Janoris Jenkins. During his senior year, he led all defensive backs with 25 tackles, and also had 6 interceptions. Bentley was named to All-Area First Team and All-State Second Team. He helped Pahokee win three Florida Class 2A state championships. He did not receive any college football offers his senior year.

College career

In 2007, he played a season at Dodge City Community College. He did not play that season, garnering himself a redshirt.

Considered only a two-star recruit by, his only scholarship offer came from Louisiana-Lafayette, which he accepted.[1]

In 2008, as a redshirt freshman, he played in 12 games, starting first 10 at cornerback. In 2009, he played in 12 games, starting in 11 of them. He led all defensive backs on his team with 58 tackles and had three interceptions. He was named All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention for his performance that year. As a junior in 2010, he started in 11 games, missing one game due to an ankle injury. He recorded 58 tackles, including 3 for loss and one interception. In his senior season in 2011, he recorded 71 tackles, a new career high, including five for loss, and also had three interceptions. He was named to the second team All-Sun Belt.

Professional career

Bentley was ranked among the top ten cornerback prospects of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 85th overall pick., the ninth cornerback selected.[2]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 182 lb30¼ in8 in 4.43 s 4.50 s 6.99 s 31½ in 9 ft 6 in 14 reps

On May 11, 2012, Bentley agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Lions.[3] On June 18, 2015, the Lions waived Bentley due to injury concerns. On November 18, 2015, the Lions signed Bentley after numerous injuries to cornerbacks.[4] On December 29, 2015, Bentley was waived.[5]


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