30 for 29: This is the twelfth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
6-5, 240 pounds, 2/5/91
2013: 54 receptions, 1,011 yards, 15 touchdowns
From Belle Glade, Florida. Entering the draft after his redshirt sophomore season in which he caught the game-winning pass in the BCS National Championship game. Ran his 40 in 4.6 and pushed out 13 reps on the bench (not a big deal when you have such long arms and play on the perimeter).
TO THE GOOD
Aside from being a tall kid, he’s also got 35-inch arms and a 32.5 inch vertical. On top of the physical attributes, Benjamin has an understanding of how to high-point the ball and gather himself in traffic to go and get it, you have a tremendous matchup problem for defenses. Great balance and doesn’t mind the contact in the least. Will be assertive with defensive backs who try to jam and can rattle mandibles with his blocking. Did take some reps in the slot and performed well.
TO THE BAD
Doesn’t have elite speed as his 40 time showed. The downside to his great length and physique is he’s going to be a heartbeat slower than a player like Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks who’s 5-10, 192 and runs a 4.33. Had some concentration drops and will need to work on route precision at the NFL level.
When considering skill position needs, the Patriots need a running back somewhere in the draft and what I’ve been calling a “move” tight end. My personal like has been Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz. The team’s apparent interest in wide receivers has been odd to me. They have two guys developing after their promising rookie seasons and should get a better year out of Danny Amendola. But a guy like Benjamin? Just because he comes out as a wide receiver doesn’t mean he can’t fulfill the “move” tight end role that Aaron Hernandez did. He’s got a better build than Hernandez and while he won’t be as elusive after the catch, he is stronger and likes the contact. I like Benjamin for the Patriots.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com - 22 to Philadelphia
Charles Davis, NFL.com - 23 to Kansas City