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

Carolina Panthers Draft Prospects: Kelvin Benjamin, WR


Kelvin Benjamin was the number one target on Florida State’s national championship team this season.  Currently he is ranked as the number 4 wide receiver prospect and many mocks have him falling to the area in which the Panthers will be selecting in the first round.  Benjamin has first round talent and is a serious red zone threat.  Listed at 6’5″ and 235 pounds with tremendous arm length, Benjamin is an absolute beast on jump balls.  The Panthers biggest need this year is a red zone target for Cam Newton.

Kelvin Benjamin has all of the tools to be an elite threat in the red zone.  The biggest catch of his career came in the red zone of the BCS title game.  After being shut out nearly all game, Benjamin snagged the game winning touchdown in the middle of the end zone to help propel Florida State to the pinnacle of college football.  He shows poise and clutch in the biggest moments of the biggest games.  He has the speed and agility to get separation from defenders and the leaping ability to win most battles over the top.  His catch radius may be as good as anyone’s in the NFL right now.  2013 was easily Benjamin’s best season.  He had totals of 54 catches for 1,011 yards (18.7 YPC), and 15 touchdowns.

The biggest knock on Benjamin is his route running.  This is a problem with most young receivers, but the Panthers have one of the best receiver coaches in Ricky Proehl.  Proehl was a master at getting open using great routes.  Proehl was not an elite athlete but used his cunning and route running to create space and get open.  Benjamin is someone who could easily fall to the Panthers at the 28th spot and develop into an elite wide receiver talent with the right coaching.  If he is there, the Panthers would be insane not to draft him.

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