Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: New York Jets interested in Kevlin Benjamin


The New York Jets have had no offensive weapons to speak of for a long time, but they’re looking to change that this offseason so that whoever is under center in 2014 has a chance for once.

The addition of Eric Decker from the Denver Broncos is a nice first step, but the Jets need more than one receiving threat, and with free agency drying up, the deep draft class is the next best option. According to New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta, the Jets are interested in drafting Kelvin Benjamin and are seeking out more information about him.

 

It has also been reported that the Jets have interest in USC wide out Marqise Lee, which seems to further tip their hand in the first-round. They’re not a lock to draft a receiver, but the Jets clearly are doing their due diligence anyways.

Tags: Florida State Seminoles Kelvin Benjamin New York Jets

  • Roast Beef

    What is Benjamin’s projected draft spot?

    • RONBO19

      I’m seeing the same thing AC has mentioned. Probably in the 22 to 32 spots.

  • RONBO19

    Pick 18 is a long shot as although Benjamin has immense talent he is far from a finished product in terms of his over all skills.Although they are similar in size he is not the polished player Megatron was coming out of college.As the jets have recently signed a similar style player in free agency in Eric Decker I believe a Margise Lee or Odell Beckham would be better fits to complement Decker.

    • Paul Newbold

      I really liked the tape on Beckham, and he had a nice combo as well. If Ebron is still there at 18, he’d be hard to pass up. I wouldn’t rule out a corner either, Rex is reportedly upset about the position and it may have to become a priority earlier then later. It’ll be interesting to watch it play out.

  • AC

    Pick 18 is not a long shot for Benjamin from what I’ve seen he is shown either late 1st round or not at all. I love this guy. With Evans probably going ealier, this is who I would want to see them take. To be fair I know nothing of Marquise Lee. I think Sammy Watkins could be hype to be honest. Remember how great Tavon Austin was supposed to be last year? This guy is tall, big and obviously can make a clutch catch as you saw him do in the National Championship. GET THIS GUY!!!! I’d much rather see him come to the Jets than another TE.

    • RONBO19

      AC, As you say you are seeing Benjamin going late 1st (picks 22 through 32 or early 2nd would that coupled with the fact we recently signed a free agent WR with s similar skill-set (Decker) not make Benjamin to the Jets a long-shot? I don’t get why you would dispute that? Anyway, for the record, I would be thrilled to welcome him to the Jet family if we do end up picking him even at pick#18 inspite of the fact he has some work to do to become a real force for us.

      • AC

        Are you saying its a long shot because we signed Decker? I think its pretty well known that the Jets need more than just 1 new receiver. Although I do like Nelson, nobody really mentions him and he made some nice grabs last season. He is also 6’5 and fights for the ball. But no, I don’t think its a longshot for the Jets to get Benjamin. I have no idea what they will do to be honest. They might draft a guard and surprise everyone. Geno will need protection if he is going to even be able to show whether or not he is capable of being a starter.

        • RONBO19

          AC, I’m not saying we wont draft a WR because we signed a F/A WR(Decker) I’m just thinking we might want to draft a different WR than Benjamin because I’m not sure he is the right fit? Again, not questioning his talents at all. What I am concerned about is Benjamin & Decker might be too similar in their skill sets to play effectively together.They are both tall athletic guys who use their size instead of speed to high point the ball in traffic using their big bodies and height to shield the defender. On paper, the pairing looks great. But on the field I believe they would kind of be in each other’s way as they both like to operate in the short to intermediate area’s of the defense. I would like us to pair a burner like Beckham,Lee or Cooks to stretch the defense which would make both Decker and the TE more effective.

          • AC

            OK I understand what you mean. But our burner is supposed to be Stephen Hill. And I don’t think they are quitting on him yet. I don’t think you can say that Benjamin won’t be able to stretch the field deep. First off, we need to know Geno can make those throws consistently anyway. Honestly the way Marty was using him sometimes, it would seem it might be better to have to big guys who actually go after the ball if it isn’t thrown perfectly using their size. Most routes are gonna be intermediate anyway most likely with this offense so it could be a strength. Just my opinion though. The full impact of the drafted players may not even show up for 2 years, who knows? What Geno had on his shoulders in this market last year was a lot for a rookie. Now these kids are thrown to the wolves, it wasn’t always that way, Aaron Rodgers being the most obvious example.

          • RONBO19

            AC, If your still waiing on Steven Hill trust me, don’t hold your breathe.If he ever turns into anything in the NFL it wont be a burner.He is stiff, does not move wll to avoid the jam and the only way he’s gonna beat anybody deep is if he left uncovered. Benjam’s 40 times at both the combine and his pro day dont project him as a deep threat.Yes on occassino he can go up and snag a deep pass but that’s not gonna be how he makes his living. If you recall, Geno threw deep and often early last season and had a couple of 300 yard games as a result. The problem was as Holmes and Hill missed a lot of time with injuries he really had no deep threat. A guy to keep an eye oh is DeSean Jaskson from the Eagles. He is a legit field stretcher but his attitude issues make him a similar problem to Santonio Holme’s so I’m not optimistic he’s a good fit with us.Kind of a been there,done that situation?

          • AC

            Exactly my thoughts on DJax. Could be great for a season or two, but for the long term? I don’t know. I’m grateful we had Santonio in 2010 especially, I remember reading in the NY Times that Pro Football Focus had him in their top 3-5 scoring threats based on receptions, YAC, TDs of course, and whatever other formulas they used. Stephen Hill is stiff and I agree with you, not sure there is hope for a burner in him. I’d like to have one, of course, but lets just say I wouldn’t cry if they picked up Benjamin. I don’t follow tons of College football so my knowledge on some of the other guys is limited. But even if Benjamin can’t outrun someone to get open deep, isn’t he big and tall enough to box out a smaller CB so to speak on a deep pass anyway? Who knows, now we aren’t even sure if its Geno who will be throwing the ball.

          • RONBO19

            AC, your obviously a great Jet’s fan so I would recommend you visit the SNY Jets’s blog.Lots of good poster and moderators there to keep you up to speed with whats going on with our team.i actually post under my own name as I have always been a believer in “if your gonna say it,own it!” As for Benjamin, I’m with you, If we draft him I will not be upset.perhaps a little concerned about the fit but I’m sure Marty will figure out a way to make it work. On the draft, I am pretty well informed on that subject because I played division 1 football at Alabama(probably way before you were born, and I also coached at the high scholl and collegiate levels as well.Frankly, I’m a semi retired football junkie who watches every college game that involves NFL prospects,I watch all the all-star games,the NFL combine and am a NFL Draft junkie.

          • AC

            Thanks, I will definitely check out the SNY Jets blog. There are so many, its hard to keep up. Played D1 at Alabama?? Nice! I played myself but only so far as HS ball. Still a lot of fun. Well, now we have the Vick situation, which I don’t even know what to think about. How did you become a Jet fan? Originally from NY? Wish I could coach JV or even Middle school ball but with commuting into NYC every day, probably not possible. Lets just hope the draft goes well and Vick is either a positive on the field or mentoring Geno. Thing is, if Vick starts, he is no less of a turnover machine than any of our QBs over the last 6 years, and not if, but when he gets hurt, will Geno be the same guy he would be as if he were given the starting position? Competition is good so we’ll see. But as an dog lover I can’t say I’ll ever be a big fan of Vicks. I’ll try to give the guy the ebenfit of the doubt, he has certainly paid for his crimes, but brutalizing innocent creatures is something that a lot of people find hard to forgive.

          • RONBO19

            A/C my wife and I have had 3 Boston terriers in our 31 years together and I cant imagine anyone hurting a dog. My wife is lived the jets brought him in. I’m a Vick hater so I’m not thrilled either.Like it or not he’s here so looking at the bright side I have to say back-up QB is a position the Jets have ignored since Vinny Testerverde backed up Chad Pennington. So yeah, its a talent upgrade no doubt.As for him potentially starting, I don’t see it! It would be foolish to let a developing talent like Geno waste away on the bench.But yeah, it will certainly make training camp interesting in Cortlandt this summer.