NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin
|03.20.14 at 6:20 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Wide receiver
School: Florida State
Weight: 235 pounds
Achievements: Led ACC and tied for third in the nation with 15 receiving touchdowns, SI.com first-team All-America, All-ACC second team (coaches), All-ACC third team (media)
What he brings: After redshirting his freshman year, Benjamin had an average sophomore season before breaking out in 2013. He has the size and speed that led him to leading the ACC in receiving touchdowns during his junior season. Scouts point out his ability to use his speed in jump ball situations, but also say that he needs to develop more as a route-runner.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1
Notes: Benjamin scored the game-winning touchdown of the BCS national championship game, catching a 2-yard pass with 13 seconds remaining in the game. He finished the season with 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns. … Benjamin weighed 242 pounds at Florida State’s pro day March 18 and acknowledged NFL personnel were telling him they want him around 225. “It wouldn’t hurt if I dropped this weight and got down to 225, he told tallahassee.com. “I think I would be faster, be more deadly.” … He played three years of football in high school at national powerhouse Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) and was ranked in the top-10 high school wide receivers in the country by Rivals.com.
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Video: Here is a highlight reel of Benjamin’s 2013 season