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2015 NFL DRAFT

Kelvin Benjamin, WR

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Belle Glade, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 240 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
4482

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.612.631.6513 32 1/29'11"4.397.33
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- --4.49-

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Near-tight end size (6-5, 235) with a ridiculously large wingspan, giving him a catching radius that is probably on-par with anyone at the NFL level.

Shows the gliding speed and short-area quickness to create some separation and be a terror in jump-ball situations, especially in the red zone. Big hands, good hand-eye coordination and impressive body control to snatch passes outside of his frame. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder.

Experienced playing outside and in the slot and shows courage in crossing the middle. Tough to bring down in the open field, using his long arms to effectively stiff-arm defenders and showing suddenness to accelerate once the ball is in his hands. Attentive downfield blocker who works to seal off defenders as well as peel back to take out opponents in pursuit.

WEAKNESSES: Still developing as a route-runner, adding to questions about his ability to play a large role immediately in the NFL. While his size is problematic for defenders, Benjamin's length makes it difficult for him to sink his hips and explodes out of cuts, making him much better suited to verticals and crossing routes than double-moves, limiting his fit to certain schemes.

Drops too many passes. Allows the ball into his chest too often. Will take his eyes off the ball in an attempt to make the defender miss before actually securing the pass, leading to an occasional ugly drop. Seems to especially struggle with low passes, a problem for many taller receivers.

COMPARES TO: Plaxico Burress, Pittsburgh Steelers - Possessing impressive acceleration and a similar frame as the 6-5, 232-pound Burress, Benjamin is a big play waiting to happen. The junior remains rough around the edges, however, making him a bit of a boom-or-bust prospect.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Benjamin arrived at Florida State following three seasons with national powerhouse Glades Central in Belle Glade, Fla.

He arrived in Tallahassee rated as a four-star recruit and redshirted in 2011. Benjamin ranked fourth on the team with 30 receptions for 495 yards the following season, finishing with four touchdowns.

After a modest sophomore season, Benjamin has had a breakout junior campaign, but the last two performances before the BCS title game stood out as he combined for 14 catches for 331 yards and five touchdowns.

In the ACC Championship Game vs. Duke, Benjamin recorded his third career 100-yard receiving game and led the Seminoles' offense with a pair of touchdowns.

Against Auburn in the BCS title game, Benjamin was held to just four catches for 54 yards, but his two-yard grab with only 13 seconds remaining propelled the Seminoles to the victory. Both games paled in comparison to a dominant effort against arch rival Florida in which Benjamin torched the Gators' talented secondary for nine catches for 212 yards and three scores.

With the NFL featuring a number of big, long athletes at receiver, Benjamin fits what pro teams are looking for in a physical mismatch on the perimeter.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 1/28 -- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, 6-5, 240, Florida State...The Panthers appeased many fans and likely quarterback Cam Newton by adding an offensive weapon. Benjamin comes with plenty of concerns, including work ethic and route running, but Carolina had him near the top of their board the last few weeks. - The Sports Xchange
 

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