With the college football season now officially over, it is decision time for young athletes to decide if they want to forgo school and enter the NFL draft. The draft is always an interesting time as college athletes either enter the draft or stay in school and surprise many experts like the Marcus Mariota decision. The Washington Redskins are limited to only 6 picks this year with their first pick coming early in the second round. The Redskins have obvious needs after a very disappointing 3-13 season. They need help in the secondary, an inside linebacker to replace London Fletcher, depth along the offensive line, a number 2 receiver, and a pass rushing defensive end. When time is convenient I will be posting draft profiles on players who would potentially fit the Redskins needs. The next player up is Florida State receiver, Kelvin Benjamin.
- Red shirt Sophomore
- Height: 6'5"
- Weight: 235
2013 Season Stats
- Games Played: 14
- Catches: 54
- Touchdowns: 15
- Receiving Yards: 1011
- At 6-5, Benjamin is taller than most defensive backs and automatically creates a mismatch in the secondary. With his weight at 235, Benjamin looks like a tight end. Using his size and weight, he isn't afraid to get physical and go up for the ball in the air. He measures similarly to receivers Alshon Jeffery and Calvin Johnson in terms of size. His freakish size would be welcomed to a relatively small Redskins receiving corp.
- While Benjamin is very good at using his height and measures similarly to Johnson, he does not have the speed like Johnson does. Benjamin runs anywhere in the neighborhood of a high 4.5 forty to a low 4.6 forty yard dash. While Benjamin won't kill you with his speed, if he can use his body to box out defenders and develop consistent hands, speed won't really be a concern.
- While Benjamin has all the tools necessary to become a very good receiver, he is considered to be quite raw in his talent. Most of that is due in large part to his route running and his inconsistency with his hands. Benjamin has been known to drop passes. With reps in practice and constant work, Benjamin can improve.
- Benjamin is still raw in this category. His route running needs improvement and is considered to be his biggest weakness. Often times, Benjamin finds himself turning around and back pedaling on routes when the ball is being thrown. Benjamin needs to work on turning his head and not his body and just run through his routes. This can all be fixed with reps though.
- While Benjamin is relatively raw in his talent and skill set, he is still rated as one of the top receivers in this year's draft class. Benjamin is thought to be a mid to late first round pick and could potentially fall to early in the second round. With the Redskins needing all the help they can get at receiver, and especially with the size and physicality Benjamin has to offer, the Redskins should definitely select Benjamin if he is still available when Washington selects in the second round.