NFL Draft: Why the Chiefs Should Target Kelvin Benjamin

It’s no secret that the Kansas City Chiefs have a need at wide receiver.

Running back Jamaal Charles led the team in receptions with 70, and Dwayne Bowe–a former first round pick–finished with just 57 catches for 673 yards and five touchdowns. These stats, accompanied with a quarterback who doesn’t exactly scream “gunslinger”, resulted in the Chiefs being a run-first team without the ability to hit a home run, so to speak.

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) celebrates his winning touchdown catch against the Auburn Tigers during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City needs a deep threat that can stretch the field, keep defenses honest, and possibly take one defender out of the box to start the play. With the 23rd selection, and a wide receiver class that many experts label as the best in a long time, the Chiefs should be able to find that vertical threat.

Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin could be that player.

Benjamin fits the bill as a prototypical NFL wideout. He’s big–6-foot-5 to be exact– and fast enough to instill fear in any opposing defenders’ eyes. Last year, as a redshirt sophomore for the Seminoles, Benjamin exploded on the scene. He caught 54 balls from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns. Though his 40-yard dash time (4.54) doesn’t suggest that Benjamin is the burner Andy Reid needs to create a more dynamic offensive attack in Kansas City, his stats do. He averaged 18.7 yards per reception last year while continually making a large chunk of those yards after contact.

An added plus about the possible selection of Benjamin is that he’s not exactly being talked about amongst the elite of this year’s draft. In fact, the Chiefs could probably trade back, accumulate some selections, and still have a chance at selecting Benjamin.

Currently, CBS Sports draft expert Rob Rang has Benjamin falling to the Seattle Seahawks with the last pick of the first round. Trading back to gather some more picks has to be a consideration amongst John Dorsey and the rest of the Chiefs’ management. Kansas City is without a second round pick in this year’s draft as fallout from the trade that brought Alex Smith to the Chiefs from San Francisco.

Regardless of when they decide to pull the trigger on a receiver in May’s draft, the Chiefs need to find someone that could make an impact immediately. With Benjamin’s raw skills, he could be the guy to make the Chief’s offense more dynamic next season.

 

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  • Blake Molina

    I would not be opposed to trading back and getting him. I remember watching FSU play this year, he is every bit of the size as billed. A WR in a TE body

  • Redblack564

    Trade back there is plenty of depth at WR in he middle rounds this year .

  • John Guyer

    And who do you think is going to want to trade up into that 23rd (and not take Benjamin) spot for us to be able to trade down?

  • Kenneth Hedlund

    I’ll pass on him I rather see us trade back get another pick and get J.Mathews or go with defense

  • Tristian

    Can we stop with the Benjamin love affair please? My god there are other players

    • KCMikeG

      No there aren’t! What on earth are you talking about?

  • Hawthorne

    No thanks, we already drafted Baldwin once.

    • mattU

      Exactly. We have a possession receiver in Bowe anyway. Watch Benjamin’s highlights compared to Marqise Lee’s, for instance. Seems like the vast majority of Benjamin highlights are him in traffic breaking tackles or getting jump balls, while Lee’s are mostly of him blowing past the entire defense. I think Lee is the type of guy we need…unfortunately he more than likely won’t be there at 23.

  • Daniel Alvarado

    We need safety calvin pryor!!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Agreed! Might be better to wait for R3 to take a wide receiver. Unless we find free safety help in free agency. Then I’d consider Benjamin at 23.

      • KCMikeG

        Do you think they would pass on a safety until the later rounds and bet on Comming being healthy and some combination of Demps, Abdullah or Parker being our answer? I’m leaning more towards a DE but Benjamin or Pryor/Dix would be hard to pass up.

  • Niddy87

    No thanks on another Baldwin, I would prefer Lee at WE if he is there. If not we have to grab the best Safety on the board.

  • Michael Shaw

    I personally have no preference on who we take at 23 as long as it is the best player that fits our Offensive or Defensive scheme. All I know for sure is that we need team players and not selfish guys. I would prefer that we used our #23 on either a decent ILB or Saftety. I have to finally admit that Lewis looked bad this year. GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!

  • Pealvin

    I say grab Benjamin if he is there. We have fast guys that need to step up. Jenkins and McCluster/Dressler. Get another big body on the other side of Bowe and you’ll have a hard time dealing with the WR corps.

  • Allison Bell

    Jordan Mathews is going to be the best wr in this draft hands down. Lets draft him with the 23rd and then we can get a safety and lb and defensive line depth with the rest of our picks. I know everyone is going to say Mathews is a reach at 23 but tell me that this time next year when he is rookie of the year. Commings is going to be a beast at safety. Bailey is going to do exactly what Jackson did for us last year but I think even better. Trade Flowers for a second rounder to pick up that pick. Dressler I believe is his name is going to be a hell of a return specialist and should be able to provide an extra spark to the offense. With Bowe, Mathews, Kelse and Fasano(hopefully both get and stay healthy), Hemmingway and Jenkins helping out also the receiving corps would be fixed for years to come. Draft heavy to fix our depth on both sides and it won’t matter who the donkeys or the rest of the nfl for it that matter get to help their team we WILL win the superbowl next year. GO CHIEFS…..

    • Hawthorne

      I don’t think we take a WR #1. We have had too much success with what we have to do that and this is a deep WR class. Safety is not particularly deep so if Pryor or Dix is available I think we take one of them. Otherwise, we pick a CB (because Flowers is expensive), OLB (because Hali is expensive and old) or OT (because having Donald Stephenson as a swing tackle saved us in several games and we need a talented third tackle after losing Albert.)

  • Hawthorne

    I’d much rather have L’Damian Washington. He’s a late rounder who’s expected to be what Benjamin will probably turn out to be: a bust. At 6’4″ and running a 4.40 he’ll be well worth the 5-6th rounder it will take to find out if he can develop more than a go route. 1st round is not the place for boom or bust.

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