Seattle Seahawks Draft Countdown: Making the Case for Kelvin Benjamin

Dilan AmesCorrespondent IApril 9, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - JANUARY 4:  Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin of the Florida State Seminoles speaks during a Vizio BCS National Championship media day news conference January 4, 2014 in Newport Beach, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks are still riding high after their tremendous Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos, but some concerns are arising. Since taking home the Lombardi, the Seahawks have lost some notable players whose absence could prove to be a detriment to the team's progression.

The loss of Golden Tate leaves some question marks at the wide receiver position, especially given that the oft-injured Percy Harvin is now their leading wideout. It's clear Seattle must address the position and add some more firepower so Russell Wilson can properly grow, and the draft will be the ideal time to do that.

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When looking at who will likely be available when the 'Hawks are on the clock, there are a few guys that should be around. Allen Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr. and Kelvin Benjamin are three players that should be there at the bottom of the first round, but only one of them is worthy of being picked by Seattle.

Kelvin Benjamin had a terrific final year in college, reeling in 54 passes for 1,011 yards and a whopping 15 touchdowns. He's a big-bodied, physical receiver who can stretch the field and dominate the seam.

Benjamin's 6'5", 240-pound frame is reminiscent of some of the league's top receivers in Larry Fitzgerald (6'3", 218 pounds) and Calvin Johnson (6'5", 239 pounds).

He proved his ability to win jump balls throughout his college career, but most notably in his final game as a Florida State Seminole in which he caught the winning touchdown pass on a jump ball from Jameis Winston.


Benjamin possesses great body control and does a great job of tracking the ball in the air and following it into his body.

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For all the positives that come with Benjamin's game, there are downsides. He is still a bit raw and lacks the polished route tree that you'd want in a No. 1 receiver, but that is something Seattle's coaching staff can certainly mend.

After all, you can teach a guy to run sharper routes, but you can't teach size and speed—and Benjamin is endowed with both.

He's been likened to the Chicago Bears' rising star Alshon Jeffery, another big receiver with explosive skills. Jeffery ended up being a second-round pick, but Benjamin looks to be a late first-rounder, making him a prime choice for the Seahawks.

Pairing him in an offense with Harvin and Doug Baldwin would make for a nice trio and a solid bunch for Wilson to throw to.

Another plus that comes with Benjamin is his willingness to block on running plays, further solidifying Seattle's already potent rushing attack. He will also open things up for Wilson to take off on some designed runs, adding another dimension to Seattle's offense.

Overall, Benjamin is the ideal late first-round prospect and would fit marvelously into Darrell Bevell's offense.

He not only adds some spice to the playbook, but he also benefits every playmaker around him. Benjamin is a wise pick and should be the choice if he is still available when Seattle is on the clock.