Saturday, April 12, 2014
Daily draft dish: Benjamin stands tall
By Rich Cimini
From now until draft day (May 8), we'll provide a draft factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.
Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin made a lot of big plays last season, none bigger than the final play -- his game-winning touchdown catch in the final seconds of the BCS title game. It was that type of year for the 6-foot-5, 235-pound wide receiver; he was Mr. Clutch.
Benjamin gained a first down or touchdown on 83.3 percent of his receptions, tied for the third-highest percentage of any FBS wide receiver. Many of those came on long passes. When targeting Benjamin on passes of 15 yards or longer, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston completed 23-of-41 (56 percent), averaging 16.5 yards per attempt. Benjamin’s eight touchdown receptions on passes of that distance were tied for the most of any player from an automatic-qualifying conference.
He's projected as a mid-first-round draft pick.