Kiper talks first-round wide receivers

April, 7, 2014
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In his latest mock draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. gave Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Kansas City Chiefs with their first-round draft pick. Benjamin, who played just two seasons in college, may not be able to offer the Chiefs much as a rookie.

"If you're looking at Benjamin, (he's) big, the big, physically talented receiver," Kiper said. "He improved this year from a catching standpoint. He didn't drop as many balls but he still needs to continue to improve in that area. He's got upside but he's not a finished product yet.

"You wish he would have stayed (in college) because he would have been a top 10 pick next year. Now, because he's still a little raw, he could still be there when the Chiefs pick."

Kiper's comments should give pause to the Chiefs. They need a wide receiver, but not to the point where they need to force the pick in the first round. They can get a receiver later in the draft

The Chiefs pick 23rd in the first round and Benjamin was the sixth receiver to be picked in Kiper's mock, following Sammy Watkins of Clemson, Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Odell Beckham of LSU, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State and Marqise Lee of USC.

The Chiefs aren't the only team in need of a wide receiver.

"When you look at where the Chiefs are picking, is Odell Beckham Jr. going to be there?" Kiper said. "Just as a pure receiver, his hands, his character, his attitude, his approach (are) outstanding. He would be the best-case scenario but I can see him going a little earlier out of LSU. Brandin Cooks, if you're looking for an outstanding slot receiver from Oregon State, he would be your guy.

"Marqise Lee from USC, the only reason he wouldn't be there is because he had an injury-plagued (2013 season) and he had some drops. But he didn't have great quarterback play. When he was with (Matt) Barkley he was sensational. He doesn't run (particularly fast) but he plays with more explosiveness than he times."

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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