Created on Apr 02, 2014 5:05 AM EST
The Seahawks will need to draft at least one wide receiver in May, and considering the great depth at the position this year, they would be wise to draft multiple receivers. Tate fled to Detroit during the opening week of free agency and Sidney Rice ended up being cut as a cap casualty, leaving Seattle without its two most productive receivers from the past couple seasons.
Carroll has always had interest in big receivers, and Florida State product Kelvin Benjamin would provide a large red zone target for Wilson. With Rice's departure, Seattle's receiving core lacks in the size department, and the 6'5 Benjamin has elite measurables. 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's also a touchdown machine, having snagged 15 of them during Florida State's run to a national championship.
Like most prospects, Benjamin doesn't enter the league without flaws, however. He's been prone to dropping too many catchable passes during his college career, sometimes failing to use 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 focus and work ethic were also heavily scrutinized during his time at Florida State, although those concerns seemed to be put to rest last year.
This could easily be one of the deepest classes of receivers in the history of the NFL draft, which partially explains why Benjamin could end up falling toward the end of the first round. In a normal year, he would most likely be a top-10 selection based on his size, athletic skills, and production. However, with standouts like Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, Mike Evans, and Brandin Cooks also available, Seattle could have a shot at bringing Benjamin to the Pacific Northwest to upgrade the receiving core. If he's still on the board, it would make no sense to draft anyone else.