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03/26/14 - 2014 Pro Days: NFL flocks to Florida State workout...Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston was on hand for the workout but did not participate. He was overheard shouting words of encouragement to his former teammates, including his former playmaking wide receiver, Benjamin, during receiver drills. At 6-5, 240 pounds, Benjamin has generated some buzz as a potential "Joker" tight end conversion. In adding two pounds and posting an impressive 17 reps of 225 pounds Tuesday, those projections could gain steam for some.
Whether as a tight end or wide receiver, Benjamin's length and strong hands certainly made him one to watch Tuesday. Benjamin enjoyed a "pretty good positional workout overall," a league source on hand told NFLDraftScout.com, soaring high to pluck passes easily. He did drop two passes, though one was characterized as a "bad ball." Benjamin, a potential late first round pick, is not an explosive athlete but accelerates smoothly, showing the ability to track down passes that initially appear out of his reach. Among the decision-makers in attendance were New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 25. *Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State, 6-5, 235, 4.54, 1...Great size, speed and overall ability, but Benjamin needs to measure up in other ways. Average quickness hurts his ability to get separation, but he does have a knack at getting to the ball in tight coverage. Still, he doesn't consistently use his hands and allows too many balls to get to his body and drops more passes than he should. Showed immaturity and bad habits as a freshman, but work ethic has improved and he is a long ways from a sure thing. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/10/14 - Benjamin adds 1st-round potential to deep WR class...Florida State redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has decided to bypass his remaining eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. The 6-6, 220-pound target has the size/speed combination and overall catching radius that will have him high on most draft boards. Benjamin is currently rated as the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 24 prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com for the 2014 class. He is the 19th wide receiver to declare early and the 82nd underclassmen prospect overall, extending this year's record class for non-seniors. Benjamin is the second redshirt sophomore wide receiver to leave school early, joining Texas A&M's Mike Evans, but the former Seminole is older for his class, turning 23 years old in February.
Few have Benjamin's blend of size and speed, a potential matchup nightmare for defensive backs at the next level. He has long arms and does a nice job full extending to create an enormous catching radius for cornerbacks to try and defend. Benjamin needs to show more development and focus at the catch point to complete catches and do a better job finishing with the ball. He is still raw in several areas, including his route running, but his long strides and natural tools makes him a very attractive prospect early in the draft. Benjamin caught the game-winning touchdown in the BCS Championship game and finished the 2013 season with several career-bests: 54 catches, 1,011 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns and 18.7 yards per catch average. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/07/14 - Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston hit wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for a 2-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left, lifting No. 1 Florida State to a 34-31 victory over No. 2 Auburn in a wild finish to the BCS National Championship Game on Monday at the Rose Bowl. Florida State, which trailed 21-3 late in the second quarter, completed the largest comeback for a win in a BCS title game. The BCS system will be scrapped next season, when a four-team playoff will begin to determine college football's champion. Winston's game-winning pass capped an 80-yard drive in seven plays after the Tigers took lead. Auburn running back Tre Mason's 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 remaining gave the Tigers a 31-27 lead, but Winston, who suffered through a rough first half, and the Seminoles wouldn't be denied.
The big play of the decisive drive came when Winston completed a 49-yard pass to wide receiver Rashad Greene, moving the ball to the Auburn 23. The Tigers were shooting for their second national title in four years. Auburn's loss also snapped the Southeastern Conference's string of seven consecutive national titles. Levonte Whitfield's 100-yard kickoff return gave Florida State a 27-24 lead with 4:31 left. Whitfield's return occurred after Auburn took a 24-20 lead on a 22-yard field goal by Cody Parkey with 4:42 remaining. Whitfield caught the ball about a yard deep into the end zone, darted up the left side and scored, giving Florida State its first lead since the first quarter. - The Sports Xchange
12/13/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR-Kelvin Benjamin, So.-R, Florida State (22)...Has been selected Second Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Florida State football