Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State


Panthers, Round 1. Was a redshirt sophomore. Another wide receiver who went pretty much exactly where we expected him to in the draft – at the end of Round 1. And he ends up in a fantastic situation for him, on a team without a single established wide receiver, and with a quarterback who can get him the ball in a lot of ways. Though I’m not as sold on Benjamin’s talent as a lot of people were before the draft, this helps not only the Panthers offense, but his own prospects also kind of go through the roof.

Positives: H-back height and bulk, and could change to H-back in NFL. Long wingspan for increased catch radius. Great hand size. Adequate track speed for the size. Above-average upper body strength. Tracks passes over outside shoulder well. Good concentration on off-target passes.

Negatives: Needs to fight for the ball in the air more often and often loses in contested passes. Though his hands flash occasionally, they are inconsistent, and he lets the ball get to his body too often. Extends inconsistently for passes away from his frame. Doesn’t change directions very quickly or smoothly. Below-average vertical leap. Poor lateral quickness and ability to change directions in Combine drills.

Projection: He’s been put in a great position to succeed, and, though he’s very raw, he should immediately put up WR2 numbers. If he ever learns how to improve his consistency, he could be a WR1 with Cam Newton for a long time. Draftable high in the first round of dynasty rookie drafts.

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