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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
12/09/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 15 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State...After a modest sophomore season, Benjamin has had a breakout junior campaign, but the last two performances have stood out as he's combined for 14 catches for 331 yards and five touchdowns. In the ACC Championship Game vs. Duke, Benjamin recorded his third career 100-yard receiving game and led the Seminoles' offense with a pair of touchdowns.
He has near-tight end size (6-5, 235) with a ridiculously large wingspan, giving him a catching radius that is probably on-par with anyone at the NFL level. Benjamin is still developing as a route runner, but he shows the gliding speed and short-area quickness to create some separation and be a terror in jump ball situations, especially in the red zone. With the NFL featuring a number of big, long athletes at receiver, Benjamin fits what pro teams are looking for right now. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com