Friday, May 9, 2014

5 things to know about Benjamin



Now that the Panthers have picked Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin at No.28, what does that mean? Well....

1. One of the underrated parts of this pick if it works out: It will improve the Panthers' running game, especially at the goal line. Panther general manager Dave Gettleman said having Benjamin at wideout won't allow other teams to put eight players in the box. While that may be an oversimplification, if Benjamin produces -- especially in the end zone -- it could certainly help the run game that got stuffed too many times in the San Francisco playoff game and at other times last season. (Here is my column about the pick of Bejamin in general terms).

2. Benjamin's route-running can be improved, Gettleman acknowledged in response to a question. Then again, Gettleman said the only wide receiver in the draft whose route running is beyond question is former LSU star Odell Beckham (taken by the New York Giants at No.12 overall).

3. Although Benjamin just finished his redshirt sophomore year at Florida State, he is 23 years old. That's because he failed two grades before he got to high school. Due to being too old according to Florida high school standards, he wasn't allowed to play in the final couple of games of his senior year. Gettleman said that Benjamin has plenty of football smarts and that he proved it several times when the Panthers put him "on the board" and had Benjamin diagramming plays and coverages.

4. I liked the way Benjamin handled his first questions as a Panther. He sounded humble and genuinely happy. "I'm not looking at it like taking Steve Smith's spot," Benjamin said. "I'm just wanting to be the best that I can be." And if Benjamin catches a few of Cam Newton's overthrows, so much the better.

5. How good can he be? Benjamin is not a burner -- his 40 time is in the low 4.6 range. Neither was Muhsin Muhammad, though, and he was the Panthers' second-best WR ever behind No.89. Gettleman said Benjamin improved dramatically in the final four games of Florida State's season, and the Panthers believe he will continue to get better. And, as Gettleman kept saying: "You can't coach 6-foot-5, 240." (Note: Benjamin has played in the Panthers' stadium before -- he scored FSU's first TD on a 14-yard pass in the Seminoles' 45-7 rout of Duke in the ACC title game in December and scored again later on a 54-yard throw from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston).

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

So...he is old, slow, unintelligent, and not a good route runner. Sounds like a solid pick while a top 15 talent receiver in Marqise Lee was on the board.

Anonymous said...

Why do you assume he's unintelligent? He failed 2 gardes before high school speaks more to his home situation than his mental ability.

Anonymous said...

There is a reason all the teams that needed a receiver passed on Lee. If he was top 15 talent, he would've been drafted in round 1.

R. Reid said...

Anonymous... you idiot! can YOU not read?!?!? "Gettleman said that Benjamin has plenty of football smarts and that he proved it several times when the Panthers put him "on the board" and had Benjamin diagramming plays and coverages."

You'd rather have a small, injured WR who ONLY was productive with a good QJ? Oh and by the way..NO ELSE THOUGHT HE WAS A 1ST ROUND WR EITHER.....

Anonymous said...

Lee would have been a liability due to high injury risk, he's just a little guy. I think this was a good pick, panthers should utilize mcnutt this season

Anonymous said...

This kid will be a better pro than college player.......

Timmy said...

I think it said he is mature, oversized, clutch, and a major redone threat. Sounds like a solid pick instead of the undersized Marqise Lee.

Anonymous said...

What an "unintelligent" thing to write. You have no idea what the reason was behind this young man's early educational failings. As far as his being slow, just because you are fast doesn't make you able to catch a pass. Give the kid a chance before implying he wasn't worth the pick.

Anonymous said...

I guess you don't remember Keary Colbert and Dwayne Jarrett,USC isn't really a hot bed for WRs..

Dino said...

Why is it always the Anonymous that make the most unintelligent and negative posts???

Anonymous said...

Solid pick for the panthers. I hope wr matthews from vandy is still around when they pick in the 2nd round. he set sec records with receptions and rec. yards. he is 6'3 215lbs.
sounds like a couple of hog mollie wr's that would make cam a lot better qb than he is now. fingers crossed!!

Anonymous said...

actually that slow part isn't that accurate - they did a breakdown of his speed and he is the type that once he gets going, he's almost fast as anyone...I'll find that link and show you but it's only initial burst that he's slower than most

Anonymous said...

I go to Stanford, and I've watched Lee play against us. He was absolute garbage against the Card's stout D. I was so relieved when Gettleman passed on him.

J. Hildebrand said...

pumped to have benjamin selected by the panthers!! Im proud of Dave, i thought for sure he was going to draft cyrus(the OT) but G was truly going for best player available. Marquise Lee is a good player but he is smaller and has been injured. It'll be good to have a big receiver to go and get those balls that get a way from Newton from time to time.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter how good he is….the.Seahawks and Niners will be in the NFC Championship games for the next 5 seasons

Marcus said...

Marqise Lee dropped due to concerns teams had over the long-term health of his knee as well as his body's ability to hold up over a full NFL season.

And, by the way, Benjamin ran a second 40 time at the combine that was timed at 4.53. Lee was timed at 4.52.

Give Proehl some time to teach Benjamin and you'll see why he was a better choice over Lee.