Saturday, April 28, 2012
Browns reach for speedy wide receiver
By Jamison Hensley
It took until the fourth round, but the Cleveland Browns finally addressed the wide receiver position in the draft.
The Browns selected Miami's Travis Benjamin, who is small and fast. While there should be concerns about Benjamin being 164 pounds, he said his fastest 40-yard dash time was 4.26 seconds.
Cleveland desperately needed speed at wide receiver and this seems like a desperate move at the 100th pick of the draft. Benjamin, who has short arms and small hands, was projected to go in the fifth or sixth round.
But the Browns had to get a receiver with run-after-the-catch ability, and that's what they're banking on with Benjamin. There is also more of an emphasis to get the ball downfield with the addition of strong-armed quarterback Brandon Weeden.
In a conference call with Cleveland reporters, Benjamin said he tries to emulate Steve Smith and Devin Hester.