Yesterday, Kelvin Benjamin was formally announced as the newest addition of the Carolina Panthers.
Kelvin Benjamin introduced as a Panther. pic.twitter.com/wsm9vcq9NG— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) May 9, 2014
Earlier this week, we predicted that he would be selected somewhere in the first round. There were many options, with the most likely landing spots being Philadelphia or Carolina.
Do you know what the best part of being projected to go late in the first round? You get to join a playoff team. Kelvin is walking into a dream scenario where he will be playing from day 1 on a playoff team.
Admittedly, the Panthers should have kept Steve Smith. Benjamin is the type that will need some coaching and mentoring. There were many knocks on him prior to the draft; that he took off plays, that he had bad hands, that he only had one year of production (albeit a good year). Some of that may be true, but when the moment called for it, Kelvin Benjamin showed up.
He had two amazing catches this year (among many), but the touchdowns respectively against Clemson at the beginning of the rivalry game and against Auburn at the end of the national championship game bookended Florida State's amazing season. Florida State's success this year was a blend of many things working in its favor, all at the same time. And one of those elements was the emergence of Benjamin.
He showed that he was more than just a 6'5" frame. He showed that he could handle the spotlight of playing on a national championship team. He beat defenses that were designed to beat him. We wish Kelvin nothing but the best of luck in the NFL.