Kelvin Benjamin – Florida State – 6’5″ – 240 lbs – 4.61 forty
I’m going to keep this one relatively short. The Kansas City Chiefs will NOT and should NOT draft Kelvin Benjamin. I’m not just talking about their first round pick either. I would go so far as to say that if Benjamin slid all the way into the third round that I wouldn’t be in favor of picking him then either.
I know that sounds like crazy talk given Benjamin’s freakish athletic talent and KC’s need for a WR, but I just think Benjamin and KC are a horrible fit. Andy Reid’s offensive system is based upon quick and accurate routes and WRs being able to create yards after the catch. That’s why he was quick to send Jon Baldwin packing when he got to town. Baldwin didn’t run good routes, was slow off the line, and didn’t offer much YAC upside. I see Kelvin Benjamin as a very similar WR to Jon Baldwin. Benjamin may very well prove to be a much better NFL WR than Baldwin has, but it still doesn’t make him a good fit for Andy Reid’s system. What’s more, the fact that KC’s current #1 WR, Dwayne Bowe, is also a little slow for Reid’s system makes this move all the more unlikely.
If KC had Desean Jackson on the roster instead of Bowe then maybe Andy Reid decides to take a chance on big physical guy like Benjamin, but there is just no way that KC goes out and runs Reid’s WC offense with Bowe and Benjamin as the two top WRs. I just don’t see it happening. The fact that recent reports call Benjamin’s work ethic into question just reinforces this position all the more.
It’s not happening.
Let’s move on.
The final first round option is the dark horse candidate…….Cody Latimer.