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05/12/14 - Panthers draft a huge target for Cam Newton...Benjamin should be a welcome addition for Cam Newton. Carolina's fourth-year quarterback saw his top-four receivers from last year depart this offseason. The newest Panther has never met Newton, but he sees at least one comparison to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. "Just his will to compete and win -- that's something Jameis has," Benjamin said on a conference call with Carolina media. "That's something I love in a quarterback. I'll go out and do anything for him." The Panthers have six more picks remaining in the final six rounds, and they may not be done adding receivers. But even if they don't get another, getting the team's most important player a big weapon was vital. "I'm sure that Cam's not mad at me now," Gettleman joked. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Panthers draft a huge target for Cam Newton...It's almost as if Dave Gettleman had a plan. After tearing apart his team's receiving corps at the start of free agency, the Carolina Panthers' general manager continued to piece together a new group Thursday night. Gettleman added his biggest piece of the makeover by taking Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin with the No. 28 pick in the NFL Draft. "He was the highest-rated guy on our board," Gettleman said. "Just like last year, value matched need. "You can't catch 6-foot-5, 240 with a 34-inch arm length and 10-inch hands," Gettleman said after selecting Benjamin. "This guy has unusual ball skills. He's got what we call a very big strike zone."
Benjamin exploded onto the national scene last year during his sophomore season with the Seminoles. He caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards with an ACC-leading 15 touchdowns. In the BCS title game against Auburn, he grabbed a national championship-winning 2-yard catch with 13 seconds left. "I said, 'you knew and everybody else in that stadium the ball was going to you and you were going to catch it,'" Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said while describing a conversation he had with Benjamin during his pre-draft visit. "He said, 'I wasn't going to let the quarterback down.' I loved that confidence. And I love the fact that he had his quarterback's back." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 1/28 -- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, 6-5, 240, Florida State...The Panthers appeased many fans and likely quarterback Cam Newton by adding an offensive weapon. Benjamin comes with plenty of concerns, including work ethic and route running, but Carolina had him near the top of their board the last few weeks. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 44/8. *Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State, 6-5, 240, 4.61, 2...A monster receiver who will command extra defenders despite the fact that he is crude and unpolished. Benjamin has average quickness, but shows a natural ability to get separation. 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 and although work ethic has improved he has a ways to go. Frankly: Never mind he has a lot to learn, Benjamin is a size, speed, strength mismatch for any single defender. So even until he learns how to be a true No. 1 receiver, put him out there and he will torture defenses even as a work in progress. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Seattle Seahawks...WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State: Despite re-signing Sidney Rice, Seattle is still on the lookout for a bigger receiver, and the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Benjamin fits the bill. Benjamin declared with a year of eligibility remaining and his considered raw. But his size and athleticism give him the kind of upside that the Seahawks may consider too much to pass up. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange