2014 NFL Draft: Benjamin adds 1st-round potential to deep WR class

Kelvin Benjamin catches the winning TD pass in the BCS Championship for Florida State. (USATSI)
Kelvin Benjamin catches the winning TD pass in the BCS Championship for Florida State. (USATSI)
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Florida State redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has decided to bypass his remaining eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. The 6-6, 220-pound target has the size/speed combination and overall catching radius that will have him high on most draft boards.

Benjamin is currently rated as the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 24 prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com for the 2014 class. He is the 19th wide receiver to declare early and the 82nd underclassmen prospect overall, extending this year’s record class for non-seniors. Benjamin is the second redshirt sophomore wide receiver to leave school early, joining Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, but the former Seminole is older for his class, turning 23 years old in February.

Few have Benjamin’s blend of size and speed, a potential matchup nightmare for defensive backs at the next level. He has long arms and does a nice job full extending to create an enormous catching radius for cornerbacks to try and defend. Benjamin needs to show more development and focus at the catch point to complete catches and do a better job finishing with the ball. He is still raw in several areas, including his route running, but his long strides and natural tools makes him a very attractive prospect early in the draft.

Benjamin caught the game-winning touchdown in the BCS Championship game and finished the 2013 season with several career-bests: 54 catches, 1,011 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns and 18.7 yards per catch average

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