Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Kelvin Benjamin intrigues New York Jets

The New York Jets are looking for some more talented pass-catchers to place around second-year passer Geno Smith and, if it comes down to it, veteran backup Michael Vick, as signing Eric Decker to a lucrative deal didn’t fully address the position. Decker was an excellent, much-needed signing at the position and is locked in as the team’s No. 1 target right now, but the Jets need another playmaker to help out Decker, Jeremy Kerley, and re-signed tight end Jeff Cumberland. Whether the Jets decide to go with a TE like Eric Ebron, a top-notch WR like Marqise Lee, or wait until the second round to take a wideout in this year’s incredibly deep class at the position, the Jets clearly need to find a way to get their hands on a talented pass-catcher in May.

Per a “team source” close to the New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta, the Jets are “very intrigued” by Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who is usually given a second-round grade but could easily find himself picked in the first round (he has top-2o upside) due to his size, explosiveness, and physical tools.

Mehta adds that someone told him, “You can’t teach 6-5,” and the absurdity of that quote really gets to me. You obviously can’t teach size, but is that even that important? Benjamin has great size, but you can’t teach his physical tools either. You also might not be able to help him develop his game enough, because Benjamin is an incredibly raw receiver who needs to work more on his route-running and has arguably the worst hands of any top receiver in this class. He’s not worth a first-round pick for the Jets, but I do think he’s a very viable option for them in the second round if they choose to take a cornerback in the first (Jason Verrett or Justin Gilbert if he slips a bit). Benjamin has high upside, but he’s too boom-or-bust for my liking at No. 18.

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  • AC

    He won’t go until the middle of the second round. They either have to go with him or not. I think he will turn out to be a good receiver wherever he lands. Maybe not year 1, but from what I’ve seen, he has the physical attributes to be very good. As far as his hands go, that has to do with work ethic. Chris Carter and Jerry Rice would stand in front of machine firing footballs at them for hours, trying to catch them with one hand half the time. I have no idea what his work ethic is, but hands can be improved with a lot of practice. So can route running. Stephen Hill would be smart to do the same.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Yeah, Benjamin could become the next Stephen Hill if he doesn’t work as hard as possible to become a more polished pass-catcher and route-runner, and his tools are comparable to Hill’s. DHB and Hill are cautionary tales for wide receivers who have tools but nothing else, but I also think that Benjamin is a more developed prospect than those two were coming out of college. That said, he’s too boom-or-bust to take in the 1st round of a very deep WR class, so he’s more of a second-round option for the Jets. I’m surprised that Hill’s lack of success and Rex’s frustrations with his lack of development haven’t turned the Jets away from a prospect like Hill.

      • AC

        Maybe he will go down that far, anything is possible. Really nothing the Jets do surprises me anymore, its usually the opposite of what I think they will do. They could end up taking a QB late too. I don’t think they should, but they might. I’m don’t know that much about the other wide receivers in our wheelhouse with pick #18 so I guess like the rest, we will just have to wait and see.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          Odell Beckham Jr. and Marqise Lee would be the best WRs for the Jets to take at 18, imo. I too could see them drafting a QB late in the draft.