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
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.