I’m sure we will get some nuggets here or there on contracts and roster moves, but to fill in the lull in activity I’ve decided to highlight some guys I think have potential to end up in the black and gold.
I’m starting with the guy I mocked to the Steelers at #15 in my first mock of the year, Florida State’s behemoth wide receiver; Kelvin Benjamin.
Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette indicated last week that the Steelers have told Ben they will get him a big target in the early rounds.
I could see that being a number of guys including Mike Evans, Allen Robinson, Jordan Matthews, or even a TE like Eric Ebron… but none of those guys can match Benjamin’s combination of size and speed.
When I watch Benjamin, I see all of the physical qualities you want in a receiver. He’s obviously strong, hard to jam at the line, he knows how to use his body and go up and pluck the ball out of the air, and is deceptively fast when he gets going.
He does have some lapses in concentration where he’ll drop catch-able balls. There’s been guys in the NFL that drop balls but make so many big plays that you live with it (Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall come to mind).
Antonio Brown and Heath Miller have great hands, so the Steelers could afford to take a guy that might drop a few… Emmanuel Sanders had plenty of drops this season and can’t make the type of splash plays that Benjamin can.
I’m not comparing Benjamin to Megatron, but he is nearly un-coverable in the red-zone, much like Calvin Johnson. When you have a guy that’s already 6’6″ with jumping ability and some long arms, he’s able to get a ball that’s 10 or 11 feet in the air.
Watkins, Evans, and Lee are more polished receivers, but Benjamin might have the highest ceiling out of all of them. I’d take Watkins over anyone, but he could go in the top 5, and you could maybe talk me into Evans over Benjamin, but I’m hearing the Lions really like him (and hold the 10th pick).
After those two, Benjamin is the top receiver in my mind, and right now, the guy I want at #15.