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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Travis Benjamin

| | College: Miami (Fla.)
 
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Overview

Benjamin's game is all about speed.

He struggled to produce consistently in Miami's offense, in part due to questionable hands and in part due to inconsistent quarterback play. But Benjamin ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash leading up to the NFL Draft, and with a 38-inch vertical and a 9'11" broad jump he's a big play waiting to happen as a return man.

A two-time All-Palm Beach County player in high school, Benjamin played on a state championship team as a junior and caught 40 passes for 655 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. He was rated the No. 21 wide receiver in the country by ESPN.com and the No. 42 wide receiver by Rivals.com when he committed to play for Randy Shannon at Miami.

Benjamin started five of the 12 games he played in as a freshman, catching 18 passes and displaying his return skills with 181 yards on punt returns and 496 on kick returns. He emerged more in the offense in 2009, playing in all 13 games and finishing with a 17.4-yard average on 29 catches. He finished with 597 all-purpose yards.

Benjamin set a career high with 43 receptions and 793 receiving yards in 2010, while again leading the team in punt returns and kick returns.

With Shannon fired and Al Golden taking over in 2011, the Hurricanes' offense struggled through a transition season. Benjamin started nine of 11 games, finishing second on the team with 609 receiving yards.

For his career, Benjamin tallied 3,876 all-purpose yards, third in school history.

Analysis

Analysis

Strengths: Outstanding straight-line speed and is a legitimate vertical threat. Shows good start/stop ability and natural burst to accelerate to top speed and create separation from defenders. Possesses multiple gears to race away from the opposition. Does a nice job in space with fluid body control and natural flexibility. Flashes good coordination to make tough catches. Electric return man on special teams and adds value as both a punt and kick returner. Started each of his four seasons with the Hurricanes, totaling 131 catches for 2,146 yards (16.4) and 13 scores.

Weaknesses: Undersized with a small body type and short stature. Lean frame with little bulk or muscle. Needs to add strength, but really doesn't have much room to get bigger. Unpolished route runner, rounding off his breaks and tipping his intended direction. Small hands and makes too many body catches. Will have drops and doesn't appear to trust his hands or show much confidence in his pass-catching ability. Has been called out by the coaching staff several times for his lackadaisical play on the field. Doesn't aggressively attack the ball in the air and will be too easily overmatched by NFL corners. Struggles when he is challenged at the line of scrimmage and tends to shy from contact. Not reliable as a blocker in space. Had only moderate production over his career and never led the team in receiving. Only two career 100+ yard receiving performances (none as a senior). Had a combined 108 punt and kick returns in his career, but only one score on special teams. He was suspended for the season opener in 2011 for accepting illegal benefits from boosters.

-- Dane Brugler

2011 Season

Played in 11 games on the season, starting nine of them … Ended his career as one of only six players in program history with more than 2,000 receiving yards, capping his career with 2,146 … Tallied 3,874 all-purpose yards over the course of his career, good for third-best in program history … Finished the season second on the team in a number of categories, including receiving yards (609), average receiving yards per game (55.4) and average yards per catch (14.9) … Recorded three receiving touchdowns on the year, including a 77-yard strike against Virginia Tech … Recorded season highs in both catches (8) and receiving yardage (99) against North Carolina … Served as the Hurricanes' primary return man, recording all of the team's 11 punt returns with an average of 11.0 yards per return … Also returned 25 kickoffs with an average of 23.7 yards per return, good for third in the conference … Four-year letterman.

2010 Season

Set career highs in receptions (43) and receiving yards (793), both second on the team … Led the team with a 17.3 yards per catch average … Led the team in punt returns and punt return yardage, while scoring the team's only touchdown via punt return with a 79-yard return against Ohio State … Totaled 924 all purpose yards … Started nine of 13 games … Had a season-high 127 yards in the win vs. Maryland … grabbed a season-high six catches in the win against Pittsburgh.

2009 Season

Played in all 13 games for the Hurricanes … Second leading receiver with 501 yards, averaging 17.4 yards per catch … Third in catches (29) and receiving touchdowns (4) … Also returned nine punts for 57 yards with a long of 33 yards against Florida A&M … Totaled 597 all-purpose yards (21 rush, 501 receiving, 57 punt return, 18 kickoff return) in 13 games … Had a career-best 128 yard receiving game on four catches in the season opener at Florida State … Started games against Wake Forest and Duke … Hauled in a career-long 69-yard touchdown reception against Clemson and finished with 82 yards on three catches … Had three receptions for 61 yards in the win against Oklahoma, including a 38-yard touchdown reception … Caught the eventual game-winning touchdown against Wake Forest - a 13-yard grab in the fourth quarter … Had a season-long 13-yard rush against Georgia Tech.

2008 Season

Rivals.com Freshman All-American. Played in 12 of 13 games, making five starts … Fifth-leading receiver with 18 receptions for 293 yards … Led the team in punt return yardage (181), kick return yardage (496) and yards per reception (16.3) while ranking second in all-purpose yards (1,012) and touchdowns (4) … Started games against UCF, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia and Virginia Tech … Caught a career-high four passes for 72 yards against Wake Forest … Had a breakout game against Florida State, hauling in three receptions for 71 yards, including a career-long 51-yard reception … Also added an 18-yard rushing TD and returned six kickoffs for 185 yards with a career-long 57 yarder … His 274 all-purpose yards against the Seminoles was the most by a Hurricane since Edgerrin James had 310 all-purpose yards (299 rushing, 11 receiving) against UCLA in 1998 … Completed a 17-yard pass to quarterback Jacory Harris on a double-reverse at Duke … Also ran track for UM and participated in the 55m and 60m during the indoor season.

High School

Two-time All-Palm Beach County selection by Palm Beach Post … Played on a state championship team as a junior and helped lead his team as a senior to an 11-2 record and the Region 4-3A finals … As a senior, caught 40 passes for 655 yards and eight touchdowns … In a game against Palm Beach Gardens, gained 339 total yards, with two touchdowns receiving and one each on punt and kickoff returns … As a junior, caught 23 passes for 494 yards and seven touchdowns … Coached by Willie Snead … Ranked as the No. 48 player in Florida and the No. 42 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com … Rated the No. 76 player in Florida and the No. 104 wide receiver by Scout.com … Ranked the No. 21 wide receiver and the No. 144 player overall by ESPN.com … Ranked 18th overall on the South Florida Top 25 by the Miami Herald … Rated the No. 6 wide receiver in Florida by the Florida Times-Union.

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 4/100 - Travis Benjamin, WR, 5-10, 172, Miami...Benjamin is a speedster who can return punts and kicks. He caught 41 passes for 609 yards and three touchdowns last year. COULD SURPRISE: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin: The Browns waited until the third day of the draft to take a wide receiver but when they did they got one of the fastest in the group. He is only 5-10, 172 pounds, but he can stretch the defense and if not start be the X receiver in four-receiver sets. - The Sports Xchange

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