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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 234

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Panthers selected Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Benjamin (6-foot-5, 240) burst onto the scene as a redshirt sophomore, catching 54 passes for 1,011 yards (18.7 YPR) and 15 TDs from Heisman winner Jameis Winston. He generated Alshon Jeffery comparisons for his high-pointing ability, but dropped too many passes, and NFL teams informed him during the draft process that they want Benjamin closer to 225 pounds. He weighed 242 at the Noles' Pro Day. It's also worth noting that Benjamin will be 23 1/2 when his rookie season starts, so he's older than typical underclassmen. He's a boom-or-bust prospect, but should at worst make a red-zone impact with his size and freakish 35-inch arms. Benjamin will have every opportunity to earn an every-down role in Carolina's depleted wideout corps. Thu, May 8, 2014 11:24:00 PM

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Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin tied for the No. 7 WR in the class in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's poll of NFL personnel men.

For a player projected by some to go above Marqise Lee (voted No. 5) and by most to go ahead of Jordan Matthews (No. 6), this is a highly disappointing finish. Benjamin shared the No. 7 spot with the rising Cody Latimer and speedster Paul Richardson. The execs were only allowed to vote for five WRs, and Benjamin, a boom-or-bust type, was obviously omitted on most lists. Fortunately for him, it only takes one team to talk itself into his upside. Could it be the Steelers or Eagles in Round 1? It probably won't be this anonymous scout's employer: "He's stiff and lazy. Can't separate. Inconsistent catcher. I don't think he has off the field what it takes to be great on field."
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 11:08:00 PM

At least "one of the Steelers people" believes Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin ranks as the No. 2 WR behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's team beat writer Gerry Dulac.

When asked if the Steelers could take Benjamin at No. 15 one week from tomorrow, Dulac replied: "A very good chance." The Steelers love Mike Evans, but there's zero chance he'll still be around. Benjamin is an older, less explosive, and less polished alternate. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder has drawn some Plaxico Burress comparisons, though his technique and hands need work.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:16:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis reports that some sources have FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin falling to the second round.

"I've had some sources tell me they think he might go in the second round. He seemed like a lock for the first round at one point, and might still go in the opening round, but his star has faded," Davis wrote. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, some teams are concerned about his ability to play at a high level at WR at his current weight. It's also been mentioned by NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, that some evaluators even think he could be a better fit "as a flexed out TE" at the next level. Whatever the reason for his fading star, now is not the time for a prospect to have his stock start dropping. However, we also have to be fully aware that this is smoke screen season.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 07:35:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin will intrigue the Steelers in the second round.

Rotoworld's NFL section has already made a Benjamin-to-Pittsburgh Round 2 projection. Brugler writes that Benjamin could potentially give the Steelers "a modern day Plaxico Burress." Benjamin needs a lot of work, but the upside is real. "Benjamin is a fluid, flexible athlete with near-tight end size and is a mismatch nightmare with elite catching radius," wrote Brugler. "He has improved as a route runner, but still is not well-versed in the details of the position. Benjamin is far from a polished prospect, but he has the imposing size and catching radius to be a dangerous red zone threat while developing his skills to be a consistent every-down target."
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 11:19:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah suggested that teams could play FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin "as a flexed out tight end."

"Kelvin Benjamin," NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on "Path to the Draft." "He's a wide receiver from Florida State, but he's enormous. Some teams look at him and say, 'He looks like a tight end, why don't we just play him as a flexed out tight end?'" With Benjamin at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds some teams are concerned about his ability to play at a high level at WR at his current weight. At the moment both Philadelphia and Seattle are rumored to have interest in Benjamin's talents. The Eagles would make a ton of sense, especially with what Chip Kelly likes to do with his offense and matchups. With all the multiple alignments and pre-snap movement Kelly could find a place for a big bodied receiver with TE tendencies in his offense.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 08:06:00 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on a teleconference Thursday that FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin is a possible fit for the Eagles.

The analyst added that Benjamin was "a little bit of a polarizing player" because of his inconsistencies at FSU. Those concentration lapses lead to dropped passes. Can an NFL coach cure him? Chip Kelly could get very creative scheming the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder Benjamin into nightmare matchups for the defense, though it's unclear if he can sharpen Benjamin's focus.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 10:08:00 PM

Panthers WR coach Ricky Proehl is visiting FSU on Wednesday.

Proehl will obviously be taking a look at Kelvin Benjamin, but could also be checking out Kenny Shaw. Scrolling through Proehl's twitter feed, he has recently taken visits to Coastal Carolina, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Wyoming, Fresno State, USC and Oregon State.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:38:00 AM's Gil Brandt reports that FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin's agent Eugene Parker denies that he blew off a NFL Coach.

"Eugene Parker, Kelvin Benjamin's agent, told me KB never blew off workout with NFL coach. I told him I'm sticking with my story from my source," Brandt tweeted. Previously it was reported by Brandt, that Benjamin blew of a NFL coach for a private workout because he was "too tired." It's interesting to notice the timing of this story, as this could cause his stock to drop if the story may be true. Could a team hoping for Benjamin to fall be behind this? Moving forward, any team with Benjamin on their radar will have to decide which side of the story they believe. This is not the kind of story any prospect wants lingering out there, prior to the draft. Benjamin and his management team will have to step forward and make sure they control the narrative.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:28:00 PM

FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin "blew off" a workout with an NFL coach who made a "special trip" for the visit, according to's Gil Brandt.

Per Brandt, Benjamin said he was "too tired." We aren't sure if the specified coach was a head or positional coach, but this is not positive buzz. Benjamin was slow to develop during his time at FSU and broke out on the scene during his 23 year-old redshirt sophomore season. He still had lapses in concentration, which led to a drop rate over nine percent.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 03:41:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis noted that FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin's weight is a reason why "a number of scouts and personnel people like Evans a lot better."

"Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin are, in a lot of ways, the same guy," Davis told 93.7 The Fan. "But, I do know that a number of scouts and personnel people like Evans a lot better really for this reason – he doesn’t weigh over 240 pounds, 240 pound receivers scare the heck out of NFL personnel people because when you do your studies, and you go back and look, name the 240 pound receiver that was – forget All-Pro- that was productive over a period of time. They just really haven’t. He’s not out there." The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Benjamin does run well for his size, but does lack elite speed. What Benjamin lacks in speed, he makes up for it with rare size, which easily makes him a physical mismatch for defenders. With Benjamin's ability to dominate at the catch point, and the potential as a "Joker" tight end conversion, his stock still remains high enough for his name to be called in second half of the first round.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 05:35:00 PM

FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin, Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin and Montana LB Jordan Tripp all visited with the Eagles on Monday.

At 6-foot-5, 240-pounds, Chip Kelly could have all sorts of fun scheming Benjamin into areas of the field where his athletic ability could gobble up chunks of yards at a time. Keep in mind, though, that Benjamin had lapses on easy catches last year and half his receptions were made 11-plus yards down the field. Colvin can be had at a discount (likely a third-day selection) because he tore his ACL during Senior Bowl week. Many mentioned Colvin as a top-40 possibility prior to the injury. Tripp could go as high as the third round.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 09:39:00 PM

The Jets are very intrigued by FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin, according to beat writer Manish Mehta.

Per Mehta, Benjamin will be visiting the team soon. "You can't teach 6-5," a team source told the beat writer. Benjamin finally improved this season, as he was used in a vertical capacity. Jameis Winston allowed Benjamin to win at the catch point in contested situations, but the big receiver does have inconsistencies on some easy grabs.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 01:29:00 PM

The Ravens will host FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin and EIU QB Jimmy Garoppolo for pre-draft visits, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Utah corner Keith McGill and Cal linebacker Khairi Fortt will also be visiting. Benjamin might be a bit of a stretch at No. 17 overall, but the team has plenty of ammunition to move up in the second-round. We would not be surprised if a team falls in love with Benjamin's vertical ability and frame.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 11:40:00 AM

FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin possesses the most inherent risk amongst WRs and TEs in this year's draft, believes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper concedes that Benjamin is going to be "a big draw" based on his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame and athletic ability. "But I think the physical talent outpaces the receiving skills at this point, because Benjamin drops too many passes, lets the ball get into his frame too often and doesn't yet know how to set up and create separation when he's facing good DBs," Kiper wrote. "There's no question the physical talent is there, but he could be overdrafted based on the traits." Players with Benjamin's combination of size, catch point skills, and downfield ability don't come around often, but he'll need to be more consistent in the pros than he was in college to justify a first- or early-second round selection.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 09:02:00 PM