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Seahawks Draft Central- Kelvin Benjamin, WR Florida State

by Corbin Smith
Apr 12, 2014 8:21 PM EDT



SEAHAWKS DRAFT CENTRAL

PROSPECT: KELVIN BENJAMIN, WR FLORIDA STATE
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'5, 240

2013 STATS: 50 REC, 957 YDS, 14 TD

SCOUTING REPORT:
STRENGTHS: An incredible physical specimen, Benjamin creates match-up problems because of his blend of tight end size and receiver athleticism. He's not quite the freak that Calvin Johnson was when Detroit drafted him out of Georgia Tech, but he has deceptive top speed and has the ability to break tackles for big yardage after the catch. He provides a great security blanket for his quarterback by using his size as an advantage over smaller corners when pursuing contested throws. He can be a nightmare for opponents during jump ball situations and he's a touchdown machine, having snagged 14 of them during Florida State's run to a national championship last season.

WEAKNESSES: Like most prospects, Benjamin doesn't enter the league without flaws. He's been prone to dropping too many passes during his college career, sometimes failing to use his soft hands to catch the football and letting the ball go too deep towards his frame. He's also struggled with controlling his physicality mid-route and during the catch, which has led to offensive pass interference calls. His route running skills will need further development once he gets to the NFL. His focus and work ethic were also heavily scrutinized during his time at Florida State, and reports about skipping a workout for a team last week will only make that a bigger question mark for Benjamin.

WHERE HE FITS: Seattle desperately needs a big receiver after releasing Sidney Rice in February, and Benjamin would fit the bill. Most teams might be scared away by reports about his work ethic, but the same was said about Bruce Irvin before the Seahawks drafted him in 2011. Pete Carroll believes he can get the best out of every player, and if he could make that a reality with Benjamin, he has the skill set to blossom into a Pro Bowl player for Seattle. It remains to be seen if the Seahawks still have interest after what happened with Benjamin last week, but if he's the top receiver left on the board at pick 32, it still would make great sense for the organization to consider drafting this gifted player.


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