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Report: Jets “very intrigued” by Kelvin Benjamin

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The Jets signed wide receivers Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford as free agents, but their arrivals won’t fix one of the league’s least impressive receiving groups all by itself.

May’s draft is expected to bring more help on that front and the Jets figure to be linked with some of the top receiving and tight end prospects over the next month as a result. One player who qualifies is Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who had 54 catches for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns to help the Seminoles win a national title and quarterback Jameis Winston win the Heisman Trophy.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are “very intrigued” by Benjamin, who brings great size to the position at 6-5 and 240 pounds. That size seems to be at the heart of the Jets’ interest as Mehta quotes a team source as saying that you “can’t teach 6-5.”

You can’t teach 6-4 either, but the Jets have learned with 2012 second-round pick Stephen Hill that all the size in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t catch the ball. Had Hill worked out, the Jets wouldn’t be so needy of help at receiver so any move for Benjamin needs to be based on more than just how big he is compared to other prospects at the position.

Benjamin is expected to visit with the Jets, who own the 18th pick in the first round.

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35 Responses to “Report: Jets “very intrigued” by Kelvin Benjamin”
  1. SAV says: Apr 3, 2014 2:51 PM

    I dont get how Hill never learned to catch. So much money in being a pro athlete, you’d think it be worth investing in hands training?

  2. thepftpoet says: Apr 3, 2014 2:52 PM

    No reciever will ever be better than Cordarelle Patterson

    #Skol

  3. arwiv says: Apr 3, 2014 2:55 PM

    Im pretty sure Benjamin is much more polished than Hill ever was (and Benjamin is the 5th or 6th best receiver in this draft and still has much to learn).

  4. kayakattack says: Apr 3, 2014 2:57 PM

    Stephen hill .. the dangers of getting too excited over a great 40. time .. I remember prior to the combine he was considered a 5th rounder

  5. petstarship says: Apr 3, 2014 2:57 PM

    Rex like those size 15s

  6. citizenstrange says: Apr 3, 2014 2:58 PM

    Just remember that quarterbacks put receivers in the Pro Bowl and not the other way around.

  7. tommymomoney says: Apr 3, 2014 2:58 PM

    Smells like smokescreen season.

  8. jetsfaninindy says: Apr 3, 2014 3:00 PM

    If he can catch, he would be fine. Maybe
    hill figures it out this year !

  9. packerbackernj says: Apr 3, 2014 3:03 PM

    Smells like Manish mehtas making stories up again.

  10. grimreaper12 says: Apr 3, 2014 3:05 PM

    The Jets don’t have any competent QB’s to throw anyone the ball to. Geno threw more picks then td’s.
    #WEGOTREVIS

  11. craniator says: Apr 3, 2014 3:13 PM

    Taking WR’s high in the draft usually doesn’t work out , unless they’re A.J. Green/Julio Jones types . . . I think the bust rate for wideouts is even higher than it is for QB’s.

  12. joe.attaboy says: Apr 3, 2014 3:13 PM

    Benjamin didn’t just “help” FSU to the title. He caught the freaking game-winning touchdown over the top of a great Auburn DB.

    I’d draft him.

  13. meatcarroll says: Apr 3, 2014 3:14 PM

    AJ Jenkins 2: Electric Boogaloo

  14. jetsmmt says: Apr 3, 2014 3:16 PM

    Cordarrelle Paterson is a poor man’s Bernard Berrian.

  15. raiderufan says: Apr 3, 2014 3:16 PM

    Stephen Hill should write Calvin Johnson a check every month.

  16. raiderufan says: Apr 3, 2014 3:17 PM

    Great Auburn DB is a bit of a reach

  17. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Apr 3, 2014 3:17 PM

    Another TanenBum pick… Time to move on to another crop.

  18. birdfanatdabeach says: Apr 3, 2014 3:32 PM

    Jets grab NC TE.

    Benjamin will slip well into the middle of the second round and still ends up a JET.

    Guy can’t win and neither can the JETS.

  19. hawksfan99 says: Apr 3, 2014 3:35 PM

    Good take him so the seahawks don’t have to I don’t like that guy.

  20. corkspop says: Apr 3, 2014 3:41 PM

    And this is news because?????? Of course a team that needs WR’s is intrigued with one of the better prospects. SMH

  21. aldavis4president says: Apr 3, 2014 3:54 PM

    So many good wrs in this draft, I’d be surprised if they took. A WR in the first. A TE maybe, but if I’m the jets I grab a pass rushing OLB, S, or a CB. Besides Sammy Watkins I dnt see much separation between the wide outs.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 3, 2014 4:18 PM

    Projects are currently underway attempting to prove that “6-5″ can be taught. Subjects are hung from their heels and stretched on a rack among other methods. Researchers are optomistic, but caution that their findings are still in the preliminary stage.

  23. hpeters77 says: Apr 3, 2014 4:42 PM

    As a Saints fan, I have studied Benjamin and I think he will be the best WR in the draft when all is said and done. Hope he can be caught late in first round so Drew Brees could target him, Colston and Graham

  24. agcooney108 says: Apr 3, 2014 5:21 PM

    hill’s problem isn’t dropping passes, he has one of the lowest drop rates in the league. his problem is he doesn’t have good route running and no football instinct to get to the ball, he’s a home run hitter only, which doesn’t result to anything. even if he turned into a player like torrey smith is, that pick would have been a success

  25. charmcitychampions says: Apr 3, 2014 5:41 PM

    Kelvin Benjamin has a horrible drop rate. He can make some amazing plays too. But buyer beware. Of this draft class he has one of, if not the highest, of drop rates.

  26. bigdeuceuno says: Apr 3, 2014 6:24 PM

    Bad teams never learn they always look at adding wr’s or QB’s in the 1st rd instead of taking the best player available the last thing the jets need to do is take a wr in the 1st round they have way bigger wholes to fill and I’m no hater I respect every team but really a WR wow! Rex is about defense what happened to that?

  27. ncphinsfan says: Apr 3, 2014 6:32 PM

    LOL! This guy has bust written all over him! The Jets would be crazy not to grab one of the 3 OT’s or Ebron TE. By the way, big guys with fast 40’s …. How is that bust Clyde Gates working out along with Hill. Another Jeff Ireland joke and the Jets pick up Dolphins garbage all the time.

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Apr 3, 2014 6:33 PM

    They don’t deserve him.

  29. kev86 says: Apr 3, 2014 6:34 PM

    Bad idea. The Jets need to draft a more reliable player. Benjamin is too high risk considering jets depleted roster.

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Apr 3, 2014 6:41 PM

    Jets got what they deserved with Hill. You don’t take guys who come from triple option run offenses. They force-fed Calvin when he was there, so that was different. Hill is nothing more than the beneficiary of having been the guy to come after Calvin at Georgia Tech.

    Ebron won’t be there when the Jets pick, so you can forget that. Giants need to draft Benjamin.

  31. djshnooks says: Apr 3, 2014 8:02 PM

    1st round too early.

    Gone by 2nd round.

    Bills pick early in the 2 round.

  32. arrow43050 says: Apr 3, 2014 9:27 PM

    Unless your WR corps is simply horrid, drafting a WR in the first round is never a good idea. I am more than happy with the Jets’ top 3 receivers–Decker, Ford and Kerley–and think that a 2nd or 3rd round pick on a quality WR is a wise pick. The Jets are better off picking a CB or OL or maybe a TE if the top 1 is still available–I was wholly unimpressed by Cumberland last year. He simply dropped too many touchdowns for my liking and strikes fear into the heart of exactly no one.

  33. jaygruntboston says: Apr 3, 2014 9:57 PM

    The Jets should draft a kicker in the first round. J.just E.end T.the S.season!

  34. drvannostrund says: Apr 4, 2014 10:04 PM

    Idzik, I implore you to draft this guy so he won’t be available for Baalke to pick with the 30th overall selection.

  35. petehemlock says: Apr 8, 2014 9:36 AM

    Don’t give up on Hill yet.

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