Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) catches a touchdown pass over Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Potential San Diego Chargers 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin


We were recently talking about Marqise Lee taking a slide in the draft, but now it looks like there is another player that is taking a slide right out of the first round of the draft. Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin seems to be slipping after blowing off a workout with an NFL Coach because he was too “tired”. CBS Sports already has him projected out of the first round on their big board.

Benjamin is a player that a lot of Chargers fans like because of his size. Fans still want to relive the Vincent Jackson days and believe that having another tree on the outside will give the team a nice threat to go with Keenan Allen.

Benjamin is 6-foot-5, 240 pounds and will win the jump ball. He has strong hands, but he does tend to lose concentration from time to time and will drop the ball. It will be something that he needs to develop a better habit. He will also need to work on his route running.

That size can’t be taught though. His ability to win the jump ball will be something that teams will love in the red zone. His ability to block for the running game will be something that the coaches will love. He will be tough for players in the secondary to bring down. He is a little raw, but he is someone to keep your eyes on.

Projections have him slipping down to the second round and there are a few question marks around his work ethic, but he has a skill set that would fit nice on the Chargers roster. Philip Rivers just needs to throw it in his direction and he should be able to bring it down… just like the Vincent Jackson days.

Benjamin is not one of my favorite players in this draft, but if he is sitting around in the 2nd round, the temptation would be there to jump in and grab him for the Chargers offense.

Tags: NFL Draft San Diego Chargers

  • RussinSactown

    He would be a good pick up. Giving PR someone who can haul in the lob passes would be huge. And I would think the opportunity to be a solid target on a playoff team in his first year would help him get over a bad work ethic to an extent. It all depends on whether we have addressed the needs at corner or nose tackle with the first pick. The cupboard is pretty bare in those places

  • Sergio Quintero

    He’s already 240lbs, Ladarius Green is 245 lbs, dude is already a burger away from being a Tight End and has a bad work ethic and trouble with drops so a big pass at 25, if he were available at 57 I would jump on it, he’s too talented to not try it, but he will be gone between the Panthers pick and pick 40.

  • shane

    reminds me too much of david boston, no thx

    • Sergio Quintero

      Nice job on the comp, yeah there is a lot of Boston in him.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Worst of it there could be a lot of Mikael Ricks in him, who literally did add 10 pounds to be an irrelevant TE in the league.

  • Julien Bélair

    I pass

  • tubbs45

    Well after my 8,000,000 mock drafts, on various simulators, Benjamin pops up quite a bit as a real possibility in the 2nd. With our priority (IMO) being Nose Tackle / Corner, then OL/WR. He is a tough guy to like after Boston, but with the right guidance and surrounding cast I think possesses the traits to become a legitimate No. 1 receiver. I love the hit at 1:04 in the video….LMAO

    Latest 5 rounder:
    1st CB JUSTIN GILBERT
    2 WR KELVIN BENJAMIN
    3 G TRAI TURNER
    4 DE CHRIS SMITH
    5 DT RYAN CARRETHERS

    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/wakeup-1.gif

  • navw21

    Here’s a little mock draft I’ve been working on…
    25. CB Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech
    57. OLB Kyle Van Noy BYU
    89. WR Donte Moncrief Ole Miss
    125. NT Zach Kerr Delaware
    165. C Bryan Stork Florida St.
    201. G/T Dakota Dozier Furman
    240. CB Osahon Irabor Arizona St.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Love your draft Nav, share a lot of the same players, can’t see Dozier making the 6th, probably have to take him in the 4th.

      I posted on reply mine, and 1-2 were the same, Lattimer in the 3rd, had Kerr in the 6th I’m probably being too optimistic, and Turner instead Dozier, because I thought Dozier might not be there in the 4th.

    • Rob Base

      No way Dozier fall to the 6th.

    • Sergio Quintero

      From a Reply I made to Rob:

      Here’s mine, call it a little fan’s optimism:

      1) Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
      2) Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
      3) Cody Lattimer WR Indiana
      4) Trai Turner OG LSU
      5) Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
      6) Zack Kerr NT Delaware
      7) Chandler Jones WR/KR San Jose St.

      This one is pretty close to one I would ride till the draft, I want to read and watch some more, but I would be stoked if they got this draft.

      • navw21

        I like yours as well. I’ve had all your picks in past one’s I’ve done, except for Chandler Jones. I like Moncrief more than Lattimer but wouldn’t be mad if we got either.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Moncrief better athlete and ceilling than Lattimer, Lattimer has better hands, I’m guessing they like Lattimer a little more than Moncrief, its just a feeling.

          Jones it sounds like someone they would like, has bloodlines, productive and he brings speed.

      • Eli Rodriguez

        I have a feeling thatTT likes Van Noy alot.if the corners that he likes are gone I could see him taking him in the first. I wouldn’t be nad.

        • Sergio Quintero

          From process of elimination the beatwriters from the UT have basically said they are not taking a WR or a Safety, and CB is ahead of NT, so by logic its pretty clear its a corner, so until proven otherwise put me down Kyle Fuller who is probably the best zone corner in the draft.

          If the corners are not there, I’m guessing its Lee/Cooks/Beckham or Ford/Van Noy, but I still think Van Noy is better value in the 2nd.

          • Eli Rodriguez

            I think he is too but i just dont see him falling to us. Its either we trade back in 1st or trade up in 2nd like last year.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Maybe something that looks like both, they might trade down to the top of the 2nd, because some team want a QB ahead of Cleveland, and they might trade up in the 2nd just to make sure they get him at around pick 35-50.

      • Eli Rodriguez

        That’s a great mock though.

      • tubbs45

        That would be a kick ass draft class 2, 3 and 4 I’m just not sure will be there.. but if they are well then HOT damn!

        • Sergio Quintero

          We are all fans here, so we are all probably going to be optimistic in terms of the mock drafts. I thought I was optimistic without being ridiculous.

          • tubbs45

            I got yah. after playing around with some of the different simulators out there, it seems like damn near ANYTHING is possible!!!

      • chargersfanfromswitzerland

        same game, would love it…

      • Diegoblue

        Would love this one too.. Impact players in every round

      • Diegoblue

        I like Chandler Jones .. A sleeper for real.. We would be lucky to get him

    • chargersfanfromswitzerland

      love it love it love it…

    • Diegoblue

      We should be so lucky

  • Marcel West-Bailey
    • Sergio Quintero

      Benjamin & Roby are the 2 guys that I can’t see boring in the box Telesco taking.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        I agree. I think I read somewhere he doesn’t like players with off the field issues or who don’t have a high motor and both Roby and Benjamin are as such.

        • Sergio Quintero

          I remember he did a radio interview and he mentioned he loves self motivated guys that love football, that why I’m starting to buy Van Noy to the chargers, listen to his interview and he sounds exactly like the kind of player they are searching for, plus he’s already a chargers fan.

          Interview with Darren Smith in SD on 1090 AM:

          http://plfmx-xxsports.s3.amazonaws.com/common/global_audio/120891.mp3

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I listened to the Van Noy interview yesterday. What I wonder is, if other teams hear about this would they leave him on the board for us to draft? If I’m a GM and I hear a player wants to be somewhere else I’m going to think that his heart is never really going to be with the team. Besides the fact that the role could already be filled I don’t think there is a team that wouldn’t want him. Not that he’s this revolutionary player but he shows attributes that teams want.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Van Noy seems like linebacker version of Eric Weddle, a player better than his tools, super high on instincts and hustle, he’s one of those guys you know will be a good player.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I can see that. Honestly I’m not sure if Telesco doesn’t trade up he’ll be able to get him.

          • Sergio Quintero

            He did for Te’o and they are a lot alike in terms of intangibles, and both have 2nd round grades.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Oh I think Van Noy is worth it. I just don’t know if he will.

          • Sergio Quintero

            I’m thinking on making an article on a profile on Telesco, I think we can make a pretty clear scouting report on the GM, his tendencies and policies, I tend to go very long on articles I did before, and thus they were very time consuming a big reason I haven’t done one in over 6 months.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            So you’re saying you’ve been writing the last one for 6 months? lol The football manifesto of Sergio

          • Sergio Quintero

            Nope, I haven’t written an article in 6 months, I do have a job. I can’t make myself do the 200 words in and out articles.

        • CALiFORNiAkiD

          You’re trying way to hard to not like Benjamin. lol

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I don’t like him as a first round pick but in the second I’m not hesitating

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            got it.

  • RoyalChargers

    I’ll take him in the second if he’s the best player on the board

  • Gunnar Martin

    I have him in the same category as Roby. That is, maybe, just maybe, take him if he falls to us in the second round and there is no better value on the board.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i might take roby in the first though

      • Gunnar Martin

        It’s possible. But I wouldn’t. I like him just fine as a second rounder.