2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kelvin Benjamin
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top wide receiver prospects and we are focusing our attention on Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin today.
Standing 6 foot 5 and 240 pounds, Kelvin Benjamin is a unique wide receiver prospect. With his massive frame Benjamin was able to burn defenses for 54 catches for 1011 yards and a whooping 15 touchdowns in 2013. While his ceiling is extremely high, Benjamin is still a very raw wide receiver and represents a sizable risk for a first round draft pick.
Catch Radius: Huge frame gives him large catch radius, attacks the football at the highest point, absolute beast in jump ball situations and a true red zone threat.
Long Speed: Massive stride allows him to run past defenders on vertical routes which makes up for his lack of quickness.
Hard to Bring Down: Bullies smaller cornerbacks in the open field, long arms make his stiff arm devastating and can look like a man among boys in the open field.
Powerful Blocker: Punishes smaller defenders, has long arms to keep defenders off his frame, dominates on bubble screens but was called for multiple holding penalties in 2013.
Route Running: Is a poor route runner, struggles to drop his hips and change directions and telegraphs his route to DBs.
Hands: Had multiple drops in 2013 and developed the bad habit of turning up field before securing the ball.
Overall: A true mismatch out wide due to his size, Benjamin has the potential to be an elite wide receiver. But it is just that, potential. He is still extremely raw and isn’t NFL ready, meaning any team that drafts him will have to develop him. A true boom or bust prospect — he could easily be Stephen Hill or Alshon Jeffery– some team will likely take a chance on him in the 1st round.
Prediction: Mid to Late 1st Round
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