Former Cowboys personnel man Gil Brandt, who now works as a draft analyst for NFL Media, claims that former Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin recently refused to participate in a previously scheduled workout with an NFL coach. Benjamin’s agent denies that.
Brandt wrote on Twitter on Thursday that Benjamin “blew off” a workout with an NFL coach who had made a special trip for the occasion. According to Brandt, Benjamin’s reason was that “he was too tired.”
That’s obviously not the kind of thing that helps a player’s draft stock, so it’s not surprising that Benjamin’s agent, Eugene Parker, told Brandt that Benjamin never blew off a workout. Brandt, however, doesn’t believe Parker’s denial: Brandt reiterated that he’s sticking with the story of the source who told him that Benjamin blew off the workout.
Private workouts are becoming an increasingly contentious issue in the NFL, especially after former Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas tore an ACL while working out for the Saints. If Benjamin really scheduled a workout and then said he was too tired, that wasn’t a wise move. But if Benjamin or any other player decides the risk of injury isn’t worth it, that’s a sensible decision.