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Could the Pittsburgh Steelers Target Kelvin Benjamin Early in the NFL Draft?

February 5th, 2014 at 11:16 PM
By Mark Mihalko
Sure, the NFL free agency period is off on the horizon, but with their salary cap situation, it would be hard to see the Pittsburgh Steelers keeping both of their unrestricted free agent wife outs. With the fact in hand, it is clear that they will need depth at wide receiver heading into the NFL Draft.
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The 2014 draft appears to be deep at that position, but it would not be a surprise to see the Steelers attack that position early in the draft. In the process, they could give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger something he has been wanting for some time, a tall wide receiver.  
One player that would fit the bill and may grade out as a top 15 pick is Florida State wide out Kelvin Benjamin. The 6-5 speedster is young and raw, but he is also an explosive playmaker that could be a perfect compliment opposite Antonio Brown
Limited in experience, with only five years of experience (three high school and two college), Benjamin showed solid development at Florida State,  developing into their top receiver 2013. For his career, he recorded 74 receptions for 1,506 yards and 19 touchdowns. 
Tall and athletic, he has enough speed (4.52 40-yard dash) to gain separation. More importantly, he is a match-up nightmare. At 234-pounds, he offers some physicality in the running game and the redzone, but has enough skill to take the top off the defense. While he is raw, he appears to be coachable, suffering only from some inconsistent route running and an occasional drop.
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Tags: Antonio Brown, Florida State, Football, Kelvin Benjamin, NFL, NFL Draft, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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