Drafting A Wide ReceiverApril 18th, 2014
Yes, the Bucs need a receiver. It’s even more important than ever to draft one after the trading of mattress-in-the-yard, blade-in-the-thigh, stripper pole-owning (allegedly) Mike Williams. Joe would fall over backwards if the Bucs didn’t draft a wide receiver at some point three weeks from now.
A lot of people are banging a drum for Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, who is basically a clone of Vincent Jackson. Joe loves the guy but, with a draft so deep in wide receivers, taking Evans at No. 7 is a reach when there are so many other strong wide receivers that can be had later in the draft for better value.
One guy would be behemoth wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, as Evan Silva of Rotoworld.com believes. Now some wonder how Benjamin, who caught the national-championship-winning pass for Florida State in its win over Auburn in January, cannot be rated higher. Well, there are several reasons.
Joe is killing himself that he didn’t write this down. But there have only been three wide receivers drafted that have weighed 240 pounds or more; it’s a frightening list NFL Network revealed recently. Benjamin weighed in at 240 at the NFL combine in February.
Then there is Benjamin’s nasty habit of the dropsies. Per Gil Brandt, Benjamin had a drop ratio of nine percent. That’s not good.
It almost seems as if Benjamin’s more of a red zone receiver because he is a hulking 6-5. It would be interesting to see what a physical monster like Benjamin could do against NFL corners, expecially how he explained at the combine his love of getting physical with defensive backs.
“Off the jam, I love press coverages,” Benjamin said.
However, the history of heavy wide receivers and Benjamin’s struggles with the dropsies scare Joe.