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

Pittsburgh Steelers draft rumors: 'Very good chance' Kelvin Benjamin is team's first-round pick


The Pittsburgh Steelers could use help in the secondary or along the offensive line. Both of those observations are obvious, but the team has also been linked to a number of wide receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft class.

There has been a strong buzz that the Steelers have told quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that they plan to add a big-bodied receiver to the roster during the draft, and they could be targeting one as early as the very first round.

In a report on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, beat writer Gerry Dulac said that he believes there is a “very good chance” the Steelers will select Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin with their first-round pick.

Benjamin certainly fits the bill as a big receiver who could help deep in the redzone at 6-foot-5, and he showed his ability to come down with big plays in clutch moments with his game-winning touchdown in the national championship game.

There are some drop concerns with Benjamin, but he would certainly be able to help out the team.

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  • Joshua Giovannone

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I feel like they have to be focused on defense.

  • Carl Eagan

    Both Colbert and Ben have denied the rumor he was promised a big receiver reported in Dulac’s very own paper. Benjamin would be a major wasted pick at 15 which anyone who watched Florida State for more that one or two games know.

  • Scott

    Benjamin would be another Sweed-talented, the only difference is the Steelers would be wasting a 1st round pick instead of a 2nd round pick. Benjamin has questionable hands and cant run routes.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I consider this highly questionable. Steelers need for OL help ‘obvious’? This sounds like one of the comments made by people unfamiliar with the Steelers that were made back in late 2013.
    Of course, it’s always possible that this could happen, but I think this would be a disaster – 1. because we need CB help, 2. because as the posting indicates Benjamin has issues with drops, and 3. because one of the positions where the draft is deepest is WR and there is no reason to use a 1st round pick on a WR when a very capable one can be had several rounds later. I would not be happy if we took Evans in rd1 either, although I could get past that. This kid is not as proven or as capable as Evans though, IMO.
    If we take Benjamin in rd1 it will take years for ALL of the Nation to get over it!!

    • Wayne Padgett

      I agree 100% focus on the DB and D-line WR’s are a plenty we can find a good one in later rounds.

  • joe

    The article never mentions Benjamin it mentions Evans. I think Mr. Sanchez is drawing his own conclusions.

  • Wayne Padgett

    Oh god i hope not. I would rather the Steelers draft Darqueze Dennard or some CB talent with their first round pick. Our DB’s Taylor and Gay are getting old and slower plus Taylor maybe retiring after this season. We need to get younger and better back there. Another note I don’t think Benjamin will go in the first round. I see the guy as a 2nd round pick. I would like us draft Dennard in the first round and then CB Purifoy or another DT in the third and maybe a DE or WR possibly Benjamin in round two but not with #15.

  • Wayne Padgett

    I say forget about the big WR and get another good speedy guy with good hands to pare with Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore. We could spread the defense and pound the ball with Bell and Blount. Grab defense with our early picks plenty of WR’s to choose from in later rounds. Defense should be a priority.