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Benjamin possesses impressive speed for a receiver of his size.
Of all the players the Saints have a legitimate shot at landing in the first round, Kelvin Benjamin is the most ideal.
In two matchups with the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans’ wide receivers were outmanned and overwhelmed by Seattle's defensive backs. The fact that the Seahawks were able to lock down the Saints receivers in single coverage allowed them to devote extra bodies to help defend star tight end Jimmy Graham. As a result, quarterback Drew Brees struggled to find open targets in both games against Seattle.
The Seahawks weren't the only secondary that stymied the New Orleans passing game this season, but Pete Carroll’s young defense isn't going anywhere, and the Saints must upgrade their personnel if they want to get past Seattle in the coming years.
The 6'5" Benjamin would immediately upgrade the athleticism of the Saints’ receiving corps, and he would have an excellent shot to be the team's future No. 1 receiver.
Benjamin is long and rangy and has excellent hands, but he also has exceptional speed for a wideout of his size.
Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans and USC’s Marqise Lee are widely considered the draft’s top three receivers. Benjamin doesn't come quite as polished as this top-tier trio, and he joins a group of talented wideouts that are battling for position in the mid- to late-first round. These standouts include Donte Moncrief of Ole Miss, Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU, Allen Robinson of Penn State and Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt.
If given the option, the Saints will find it difficult to pass on Benjamin. The question is, will he be available when they make their pick?