WR KELVIN BENJAMIN, FLORIDA ST.**

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6’5” – 234 lbs. – 4.55e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2011: Redshirt
2012: 30 – 495 – 4 (16.5)
2013: 54 – 1,011 – 15 (18.7)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2011, then finished fourth on the team in receptions as a redshirt freshman. Took over as one of the team’s starters in 2013, replacing Rodney Smith. Appeared in every game over the past two seasons.

POSITIVES:

•    Enjoyed a highly-productive redshirt sophomore season, his first in the starting role.
•    Massive prospect who offers an ideal combination of height and bulk for the position.
•    Capable of coming away with contested catches, threatening weapon in the red zone.
•    Powerful runner with the ball in his hands, can break tackles to gain yards after catch.
•    Unafraid of contact over the middle, frequently runs slants and crosses from the slot.
•    Athletic enough to gain some separation down the field, impressive 18.7 YPC in 2013.
•    Appears to track the ball pretty well over his shoulder on deeper routes, can adjust.
•    Has been sent in motion to block, eventually ending up in almost an H-Back position.
•    Quality blocker overall, does a nice job of sealing defenders off, powerful crackbacks.

NEGATIVES:

•    Was only a starter for one year, where he benefited from playing with Jameis Winston.
•    Drops more than his fair share of passes, seemingly because of concentration lapses.
•    Often pushes off from defenders to gain separation before throws, may be flagged.
•    Runs a few different routes but isn’t particularly sharp in his patterns, rounds routes.
•    Not a very sudden player, more of a long-strider who separates deeper down the field.
•    Despite declaring after his redshirt sophomore season, will still be a 23 year-old rookie.

SUMMARY:

One of the biggest targets in this year’s class, Benjamin’s first season as a starter was productive enough to convince him to declare for the draft. At this point, he lacks refinement in his routes, doing most of his work on posts, slants, and crossing routes, but makes up for his lack of suddenness by demonstrating the ability to come down with catches in traffic, as well as a knack for separating on deeper routes downfield. With the ball in his hands, he is a powerful runner, a quality which also carries over into his blocking, making him one of the most effective blocking receivers in the class. However, it must also be said that Benjamin has some of the draft’s worst hands, often letting multiple passes get away from him in each game. His impact on games is still considerable, but the frequency with which he drops throws is frustrating.

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