Dec 7, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) runs by the tackle of Duke Blue Devils cornerback Ross Cockrell (6) during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. FSU defeated Duke 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Kelvin Benjamin: A Player the New York Jets Should Not Select in the NFL Draft

Kelvin Benjamin is built like he was born to play wide receiver in the NFL. At 6’5″ tall, and 240 pounds, offensive coordinators must be drooling at the idea of having him on the field as their team approaches the end zone.

The Jets need to score points. Kelvin Benjamin posted 19 touchdowns in two seasons at Florida State. Being that tall, Benjamin has a large “catch-radius”, meaning that he can reach for balls that might not be the most accurately thrown. This would seem to make Benjamin a perfect match for Geno Smith to grow up with, no?

This morning, I am here to tell you that despite all of these great points in his favor, Kelvin Benjamin should not be anywhere near a Jets’ uniform. OK, maybe if he stops by a Modell’s store in NY, he can be near a Jets’ uniform then, but no other time.

In other words, the Jets’ should not draft this guy, not now, not ever.

Many of you are probably wondering why, and it is an excellent question.  Take a look at his stats at FSU:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2012 Florida State ACC SO WR 14 30 495 16.5 4 2 33 16.5 0 32 528 16.5 4
2013 Florida State ACC SO WR 14 54 1011 18.7 15 54 1011 18.7 15
Career Florida State 84 1506 17.9 19 2 33 16.5 0 86 1539 17.9 19

These are the stats of a guy that can play the game, and do it well. Kelvin Benjamin has the tools to be a successful wide receiver at the professional level. As one scout put it, “You can’t teach 6’5″”. So, why shouldn’t the Jets choose him?

Because Benjamin has that other unfortunate potential of an NFL wide receiver, the potential to be a diva. And THAT, the Jets should not touch with a ten foot pole.

Some of these tendencies are seen in his NFL profile. Take a look at this excerpt of his weaknesses:

Does not shake many defenders after the catch. Will make the easy concentration drop and focus could stand to improve at the break point (three drops vs. Florida). Seeks to run before securing the ball and double-catches more than he should. Blocking effort/sustainability has room to improve on the move.

If you read those points closely, you notice some words, like “concentration”, and “effort”, and they are not used in lights that are favorable to the player. The red flag starts to go up when you see words like “concentration” and “effort” in the context of mistakes that are made.

Then, we hear the report about skipping a workout. Here is a CBS report on the situation, but many other outlets reported it as well.  As expected, Kelvin Benjamin’s camp has denied the allegation, but the fact of the matter is that it’s out there.  Where there is smoke, there is fire.  The story would not have carried with that many sources if there wasn’t something to it.

That’s the stuff of a player that doesn’t care.  He is trying to break into the sport, and you blow off a workout?  Does that make any sense?  If you think you are great, it makes sense.  But typically, when you think you are great, you aren’t so great.  This is the wrong attitude for Kelvin Benjamin to take.

And that is why Benjamin should be nowhere near the Jets.

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  • Speaksnow

    Can’t teach 6’5″. But I would also pass. There are too many options, and we need a more polished product that can step in immediately and be productive. This guy is Dez ll.

    • Alan Schechter

      Not a bad comparison John.

  • RONBO19

    Alan, nice to finally agree with you on something. The issues you mention aside, The other reason I would pass on him is frankly he’s too much like Decker to maximize his skill set. They are both tall physical guys that are very similar in style.Basically, their skill sets mirror rather than complement each other. They both like to roam the middle and use their size advantage to go up and high point the ball in traffic! My concern is they might just wind up getting in each others way. Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah on the NFL network recently made this very same point. I would prefer a Branden Cooks or Odell Beckham as their ability to stretch the field would open the short to intermediate area of the field for Decker and the TE to operate more freely

    • Alan Schechter

      Hey hey! I knew eventually we would see eye to eye, just took a while. Agreed on these two, they are just two similar, it’s not the right fit.

  • Paul Newbold

    No need to worry, last I saw they project him as a 1st rounder. I’ve come to believe they will either trade up or stay put at 18, and go defense. I’ve been trying to figure out Idzik’s game plan, without much luck at this point. The way I see it, is the Jets top needs at this point are CB,WR,OL and OLB. If they chose to address each need with a pick in each of the first four rounds, they could fill some holes, but the mid rounders would need time to develop. I’m beginning to believe the Jets won’t touch WR until the mid rounds, and choose rather to pick up some players off the wire when cuts begin. Just a guess, but with the talent at WR running deep in this draft, Idzik should be able to find “value” in the mid rounds. A few “off the wire” receivers, maybe a veteran free agent, and the Jets would be improved some what at the position, If they choose to go this route, it would allow Rex to get his corner and linebacker earlier in the draft. I know it sounds crazy, but I expect the Jets to go defense early on. Idzik has me wondering…that’s for sure!