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Sample FRG 2014 NFL Draft Guide Scouting Report: Kelvin Benjamin
- Updated: March 18, 2014
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The FRG Scouting inaugural Draft Guide is due to hit Amazon.com sometime during the first week of April. Each evaluation will be around or over 400 words, with close to 175 reports to be included. More information on the Draft Guide can be found here.
Below is a sample report from this year’s Guide. Note: You’ll notice that the report(s) don’t include the player’s combine results. The Guide will have a section dedicated to all the players’ testing numbers for your reference.
Kelvin Benjamin, the mammoth redshirt sophomore wide receiver from the National Champion Florida State Seminoles, enters the 2014 NFL Draft after a 2013 season in which he grabbed 54 balls for 1,011 yards and 15 TDs; For his career, Benjamin totaled 84 receptions, 1,506 yards and 19 TDs…Was named Second Team All-ACC at the end of the ’13 season…Physically, Benjamin is the most imposing prospect of all the wide receivers available in 2014; He’s every bit of 6’5″ tall and his 240lbs is well-built and solid; he’s not the most defined guy, but he’s tightly built and a load to bring to the ground…Athletically, Benjamin isn’t a burner; He’s a long strider who takes a few steps to get going, but his size and nearly 35″ arms naturally creates separation and an advantage when competing for jump balls…Exhibits good COD and lateral movement skills; He’s surprisingly good at putting his foot in the dirt and changing directions without having to gear down (has loose hips)…A true matchup nightmare, Benjamin is just too big and long to effectively jam at the LOS, and he’s too fast and too tall to completely shut down in MM; While not the most advanced route runner at this point in his career, Benjamin makes up for it with god-given advantages; His catch radius is rare and gives his quarterback a chance to “throw him open”…Runs with authority when he has the ball in his hands; He’s like a big, powerful tight end who overwhelms smaller defensive backs…His size and overall mass is an asset in the run game, as Benjamin is an effective blocker making it a challenge for the defender to get to the running back.
Benjamin is still a developing talent; He’s going to have to run sharper/cleaner routes in the NFL to consistently win versus pro corners…Has frustrating hands and tends to have head-scratching drops from time to time…Turned 23-years-old in February; When combined with an expected learning curve, has less of a maximum production shelf life.
On the next level, Kelvin Benjamin projects as a future No.1 receiver with the potential to become a Demaryius Thomas type of playmaker in the NFL. His rare physical traits, combined with his growth in technique from 2012 to 2013, suggests a player who has just begun to scratch the surface on how good he can be. Benjamin has the physical ability to step on the field during his rookie season and make an impact in the redzone while he learns how to become a polished pro. His suspect hands are a reason for pause, but he displayed enough of a catching ability at Florida State to not be overly concerned. It wouldn’t shock me if Benjamin ends up a first rounder, but his real value is as an early second round talent.
GRADE: 7.9 (High-2nd Round)