Arrelious Benn might have been a first-round pick if he was able to enter last year's NFL draft, but he was a sophomore and returned to Illinois.
His junior stats slipped, but still the wide receiver was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round, 39th overall, on Friday.
"I wouldn't say I was disappointed," Benn said. "I was a little shocked at the guys who were selected. That doesn't matter now. I got picked by Tampa. I'm a Buccaneer. I'm ready to go play."
Injuries and a lack of quarterback production limited Benn to 38 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns this past season. That comes after he caught 67 passes for 1,055 yards as as sophomore.
"I'm not going to throw anyone under the bus," Benn said. "What happened at Illinois happened at Illinois. I'm a Buccaneer now. I got the right guys around me now, and I'm ready to go play."