05/12/2014 - Panthers draft a huge target for Cam Newton...It's almost as if Dave Gettleman had a plan. After tearing apart his team's receiving corps at the start of free agency, the Carolina Panthers' general manager continued to piece together a new group Thursday night. Gettleman added his biggest piece of the makeover by taking Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin with the No. 28 pick in the NFL Draft. "He was the highest-rated guy on our board," Gettleman said. "Just like last year, value matched need. "You can't catch 6-foot-5, 240 with a 34-inch arm length and 10-inch hands," Gettleman said after selecting Benjamin. "This guy has unusual ball skills. He's got what we call a very big strike zone."
Benjamin exploded onto the national scene last year during his sophomore season with the Seminoles. He caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards with an ACC-leading 15 touchdowns. In the BCS title game against Auburn, he grabbed a national championship-winning 2-yard catch with 13 seconds left. "I said, 'you knew and everybody else in that stadium the ball was going to you and you were going to catch it,'" Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said while describing a conversation he had with Benjamin during his pre-draft visit. "He said, 'I wasn't going to let the quarterback down.' I loved that confidence. And I love the fact that he had his quarterback's back." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - Panthers draft a huge target for Cam Newton...Benjamin should be a welcome addition for Cam Newton. Carolina's fourth-year quarterback saw his top-four receivers from last year depart this offseason. The newest Panther has never met Newton, but he sees at least one comparison to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. "Just his will to compete and win -- that's something Jameis has," Benjamin said on a conference call with Carolina media. "That's something I love in a quarterback. I'll go out and do anything for him." The Panthers have six more picks remaining in the final six rounds, and they may not be done adding receivers. But even if they don't get another, getting the team's most important player a big weapon was vital. "I'm sure that Cam's not mad at me now," Gettleman joked. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 44/8. *Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State, 6-5, 240, 4.61, 2...A monster receiver who will command extra defenders despite the fact that he is crude and unpolished. Benjamin has average quickness, but shows a natural ability to get separation. He doesn't consistently use his hands and allows too many balls to get to his body and drops more passes than he should. Showed immaturity and bad habits as a freshman and although work ethic has improved he has a ways to go. Frankly: Never mind he has a lot to learn, Benjamin is a size, speed, strength mismatch for any single defender. So even until he learns how to be a true No. 1 receiver, put him out there and he will torture defenses even as a work in progress. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Seattle Seahawks...WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State: Despite re-signing Sidney Rice, Seattle is still on the lookout for a bigger receiver, and the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Benjamin fits the bill. Benjamin declared with a year of eligibility remaining and his considered raw. But his size and athleticism give him the kind of upside that the Seahawks may consider too much to pass up. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Pittsburgh's draft radar: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State: While the Steelers are expecting second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton to secure a starting job, the offense lacks a tall, physical presence, something that would change with the selection of Benjamin in the second round. He averaged a touchdown every 3.6 catches last season for the national champion Seminoles, second best in NCAA. Benjamin is a fluid, flexible athlete with near-tight end size and is a mismatch nightmare with elite catching radius. 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, possibly giving Pittsburgh a modern day Plaxico Burress. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: *Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, 6-5, 240, 4.61...A monster receiver who will command extra defenders despite the fact that he is crude and unpolished. Benjamin has average quickness, but shows a natural ability to get separation. He doesn't consistently use his hands and allows too many balls to get to his body and drops more passes than he should. Showed immaturity and bad habits as a freshman and although work ethic has improved he has a ways to go.
Frankly: Never mind he has a lot to learn, Benjamin is a size, speed, strength mismatch for any single defender. So even until he learns how to be a true No. 1 receiver, put him out there and he will torture defenses even as a work in progress. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: NFL flocks to Florida State workout...Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston was on hand for the workout but did not participate. He was overheard shouting words of encouragement to his former teammates, including his former playmaking wide receiver, Benjamin, during receiver drills. At 6-5, 240 pounds, Benjamin has generated some buzz as a potential "Joker" tight end conversion. In adding two pounds and posting an impressive 17 reps of 225 pounds Tuesday, those projections could gain steam for some.
Whether as a tight end or wide receiver, Benjamin's length and strong hands certainly made him one to watch Tuesday. Benjamin enjoyed a "pretty good positional workout overall," a league source on hand told NFLDraftScout.com, soaring high to pluck passes easily. He did drop two passes, though one was characterized as a "bad ball." Benjamin, a potential late first round pick, is not an explosive athlete but accelerates smoothly, showing the ability to track down passes that initially appear out of his reach. Among the decision-makers in attendance were New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 25. *Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State, 6-5, 235, 4.54, 1...Great size, speed and overall ability, but Benjamin needs to measure up in other ways. Average quickness hurts his ability to get separation, but he does have a knack at getting to the ball in tight coverage. Still, he doesn't consistently use his hands and allows too many balls to get to his body and drops more passes than he should. Showed immaturity and bad habits as a freshman, but work ethic has improved and he is a long ways from a sure thing. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/10/2014 - Benjamin adds 1st-round potential to deep WR class...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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/07/2014 - Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston hit wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for a 2-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left, lifting No. 1 Florida State to a 34-31 victory over No. 2 Auburn in a wild finish to the BCS National Championship Game on Monday at the Rose Bowl. Florida State, which trailed 21-3 late in the second quarter, completed the largest comeback for a win in a BCS title game. The BCS system will be scrapped next season, when a four-team playoff will begin to determine college football's champion. Winston's game-winning pass capped an 80-yard drive in seven plays after the Tigers took lead. Auburn running back Tre Mason's 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 remaining gave the Tigers a 31-27 lead, but Winston, who suffered through a rough first half, and the Seminoles wouldn't be denied.
The big play of the decisive drive came when Winston completed a 49-yard pass to wide receiver Rashad Greene, moving the ball to the Auburn 23. The Tigers were shooting for their second national title in four years. Auburn's loss also snapped the Southeastern Conference's string of seven consecutive national titles. Levonte Whitfield's 100-yard kickoff return gave Florida State a 27-24 lead with 4:31 left. Whitfield's return occurred after Auburn took a 24-20 lead on a 22-yard field goal by Cody Parkey with 4:42 remaining. Whitfield caught the ball about a yard deep into the end zone, darted up the left side and scored, giving Florida State its first lead since the first quarter. - The Sports Xchange
12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR-Kelvin Benjamin, So.-R, Florida State (22)...Has been selected Second Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Florida State football
12/09/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 15 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State...After a modest sophomore season, Benjamin has had a breakout junior campaign, but the last two performances have stood out as he's 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.
He has 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. Benjamin is still developing as a route runner, but he 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. With the NFL featuring a number of big, long athletes at receiver, Benjamin fits what pro teams are looking for right now. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/08/2013 - Seminoles open as seven-point favorite...Even though the BCS Championship matchup has not been announced, Florida State opened as a seven-point favorite over Auburn by the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday. Florida State (13-0) and Auburn (12-1) are the top-ranked teams in both major polls and are expected to be announced as the championship game opponents. The official announcement comes Sunday night.
The Seminoles, No. 1 in the BCS Standings last week, won the ACC title Saturday with a victory over Duke. The Tigers were third in the BCS but beat Missouri for the SEC title and No. 2 Ohio State lost the Big Ten championship to Michigan State. While Florida State opened as favored by a touchdown, Pregame.com reported that one offshore oddsmaker moved the line to 9.5 and others at 8- and 8.5-point spreads. - The Sports Xchange
12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, 6-5, 238. So.-R, Belle Glade, Fla. (68)...Has been selected Third Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - Florida State football
12/02/2013 - WEEK 14 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, R-So.., WR, 6-5, 238, Belle Glade, Fla.,...Benjamin became the first Seminole in 10 years to tally 200 yards receiving in a game and single handedly outgained the Gators' entire offense in Saturday's 37-7 win at Florida. Benjamin's 212 receiving yards are the most in a game in the ACC in 2013, and the three touchdown receptions tied the ACC high for the season.
Benjamin's first touchdown put FSU ahead 10-0 in the second quarter when he broke three tackles en route to a 45-yard score. The Gators entered the game with the nation's No. 3 pass defense, allowing just 157.7 per game, and had given up only five passing touchdowns all season, but were unable to slow down Benjamin, who had 108 yards and two scores before halftime. - ACC football
12/01/2013 - Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin, and Florida State moved a step closer to playing for the national championship. The Seminoles improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1999 and likely will earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game by beating Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next Saturday.
Florida, meanwhile, ended its worst season since 1979. The Gators (4-8) lost their final seven games and missed a bowl for the first time since 1990. Florida's bowl streak had been the second-longest in the country, behind Florida State. The Seminoles were four-touchdown favorites in this lopsided matchup - that lived up to advance billing. - AP Sports
08/09/2013 - OTHER FLORIDA STATE PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: WR Kelvin Benjamin (6-4, 242, 4.64)*...Benjamin is still developing at the position but has a high ceiling with his tight-end size and wide receiver speed. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com