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Kelvin Benjamin | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
College: Florida State
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Kelvin Benjamin and 11 other Panthers receivers and quarterbacks had a three-day throwing session with Cam Newton in Charlotte this week.
Newton rounded up the troops at WRs coach Ricky Proehl's athletic park and hosted the three-day "camp" as a tune-up for training camp next week. In addition to Benjamin, veteran receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant were also in attendance. Beat writer Jonathan Jones observed and noted that Benjamin "struggles on routes that force him to come back to the ball" and "gets out of cuts slower than most receivers." We're not expecting a high-volume stat line from Benjamin as a rookie, but he could flirt with 6-8 scores as a red-zone specialist. Jul 18 - 10:15 AM

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Panthers first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin revealed on the Ross Tucker Podcast that he currently weighs 245 pounds.

He weighed 240 at the Combine and 242 at Florida State's Pro Day. Benjamin is a truly massive human being at 6-foot-5 even, with left tackle-like 34 7/8-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands. He projects as Carolina's go-to red-zone target right away, though we're skeptical how many passes Benjamin will end up catching. He could be a 40-catch, eight-touchdown sort of producer in year one.
Jun 30 - 2:38 PM

Kelvin Benjamin will spend the four weeks before training camp in Charlotte with Cam Newton.

Benjamin isn't going to bolt during the dead spot in the NFL's calendar. He'll stick around and get work in with his starting quarterback, which can only be a good thing for such a raw rookie. The 6-foot-5 Benjamin is penned in as an every-down player right away, but projects as a touchdown-dependent WR4 in fantasy. The passing offense is not going to be prolific.
Jun 19 - 9:51 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton "wouldn't be shocked" if rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin surpassed eight touchdowns this season.

"From what I've seen so far there will be little hesitation to throw it up high and let him go get it," said Newton. Benjamin's size undoubtedly makes him a touchdown threat, but eight TDs may be a stretch. Eight touchdowns is a feat accomplished by only around 15 receivers every season, and Carolina traditionally runs when they get in close. Benjamin will be a factor in the red zone, but the offense he plays in will limit his scoring potential to some degree.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 7 - 10:44 AM

Panthers signed No. 28 overall pick WR Kelvin Benjamin to a four-year contract.

As is the case with all first-round picks, Benjamin's deal includes a fifth-year club option for 2018. Benjamin is built like a tight end at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds but needs to work on his route running. He also has shaky hands and lacks long speed. Despite the concerns, Benjamin should open the season as Carolina's starting "X" receiver and be an immediate red-zone threat. We currently have Benjamin penciled in as a WR4, but the potential is there for more.
Jun 4 - 5:07 PM

Panthers WR coach Ricky Proehl said he was "in awe" of Kelvin Benjamin during last week's rookie camp

"A guy his size and the way he caught the ball, just so natural," Proehl said. "You look at him, if he can grow and develop into the receiver I think he can be, he's going to be a huge asset." Benjamin has a major opportunity as the starting X receiver in Carolina, but his route running, shaky hands, and speed deficiency remain concerns. He's going to have to win in contested situations. With Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Tavarres King, and Tiquan Underwood the only other options on the depth chart, Benjamin is likely to be behind just Greg Olsen for targets. Benjamin has potential to be the No. 1 option.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 6:31 PM

GM Dave Gettleman said Kelvin Benjamin reminds him of a young Plaxico Burress.

Benjamin consistently draws Plaxico comparisons because they both specialize in the vertical catch point at 6-foot-5. Of course, Gettleman will be hoping for more Year 1 production out of his man given his role as starting "X" receiver. Plaxico posted a mere 22-273-0 line as a rookie before earning a starting job and going for 66-1008-6 in Year 2. He ended up with 55 touchdowns in 128 games before going to prison following the 2008 season.
May 21 - 9:46 AM

The Panthers are asking Kelvin Benjamin to run similar routes to the ones he ran at Florida State.

It's a wise move considering Benjamin's raw skill set and the Panthers' need for him to be a No. 1 receiver right away. "When they were calling the routes, I was like, 'Oh, yes, I ran this,'" Benjamin said after rookie minicamp. "So I know I can come out of the cuts real fast and real good." Route-running polish and adjustment to NFL-caliber speed will be critical to monitor here. We know the opportunity for Benjamin is massive.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 8:32 AM

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 be expected to earn an every-down role in Carolina's depleted wideout corps, likely playing "X" receiver as a rookie.
May 8 - 11:19 PM

Sources tell the Charlotte Observer that Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin, USC WR Marqise Lee and Louisville S Calvin Pryor are possibilities for the Panthers at No. 28.

The Panthers are also believed to be open to trading down. It's impossible to predict who will remain on the board by the time the Panthers pick Thursday evening, but after offensive line, receiver and defensive back are Carolina's two biggest needs. Benjamin has seen his game picked apart since declaring in January, but there's no guarantee he'll fall into the Panthers' lap.
May 6 - 9:47 PM

In the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's annual poll of NFL personnel men, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin tied for seventh in the scouts and executives' wide receiver rankings.

The media has been higher on Benjamin than the NFL throughout the draft process, by all indications. Benjamin tied Indiana's Cody Latimer and Colorado speedster Paul Richardson for seventh in the Journal-Sentinel's vote-based "points" system, behind Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, Marqise Lee, and Jordan Matthews, in that order. "He's stiff and lazy," one scout said of Benjamin. "Can't separate. Inconsistent catcher. I don't think he has off the field what it takes to be great on field. Other than that he'll be fine."
Apr 30 - 8:18 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports at least "one of the Steelers people" think Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin is the second-best receiver in the draft behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

Beat writer Gerry Dulac believes there's a "very good chance" the Steelers grab Benjamin with the No. 15 overall pick next Thursday night. Most in the Steelers organization are higher on Mike Evans, but Evans is fully expected to be long gone by the time the Steelers are on the clock. Benjamin would give the Steelers an infusion of size that they badly need at the position and a red-zone presence.
Apr 30 - 7:31 PM

According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin recently "blew off" a scheduled workout with an NFL coach, claiming he was "too tired."

Agent Eugene Parker has disputed the report, but Brandt says he trusts his source and is sticking by the story. Per Brandt, the NFL coach made a "special trip" to meet with Benjamin. It's hard to tell what's real versus what's planted this time of year, but blowing off workouts would obviously be poor form for NFL draft prospects. Benjamin's stock has seemingly begun to fall in recent weeks. There is increasing belief that he'll drop to the second round.
Apr 11 - 2:24 PM

According to the New York Daily News, the Jets are "very intrigued" by Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin.

"You can't teach 6-foot-5," were the words of a team source to reporter Manish Mehta. Benjamin also checks in at 240 pounds with 4.61 wheels. Benjamin is a fairly raw prospect, but is an absolute load, and stuffed the stat-sheet for the Seminoles last season. There's a strong chance he'll still be on the board when the Jets pick at No. 18.
Apr 3 - 1:49 PM

Based on tape study, NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin is a "slightly" better receiver prospect than Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

Cosell called Evans a "measured mover," while Benjamin is a superior athlete with more vertical explosion when the ball is in the air. "I remember watching Benjamin run by Florida's corner, Loucheiz Purifoy, on a deep post -- and Purifoy can run, he's in this draft as well -- and Benjamin definitely showed a burst with the ball in the air," Cosell said. "Which is something you definitely look for when you look at vertical routes. ... You don't need to be a 4.4 guy to do that. You know Jerry Rice did that exceptionally well. And Jerry Rice was never a 4.4 guy."
Mar 17 - 10:26 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Matt Blanchard
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Kenjon Barner
4Tyler Gaffney
5Darrin Reaves
GLB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
3Michael Zordich
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Jason Avant
3Kealoha Pilares
4Toney Clemons
5Marcus Lucas
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Tiquan Underwood
3Tavarres King
4Marvin McNutt
5Brenton Bersin
WR31Tiquan Underwood
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
4Mike McNeill
5D.C. Jefferson
K1Graham Gano