Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Kelvin Benjamin would be a best available pick here at the 25th draft pick. WR is a need but not necessary a high priority for the Chargers. With many of the defensive lineman off the board and the top CBs, I look to selecting Kelvin Benjamin as a pick that has a high upside. A safe pick.
The Chargers are wanting to getting back to those 2006-09 Norv Turner playoff runs days; after making the playoffs last year. Offensive-minded head coach, Mike McCoy would love to give his QB, Phillip Rivers, another weapon. Rivers had a Pro Bowl year throwing 32 TDs and 4,478 yds with a QB Rating of 105.5. A big target like 6'5" 240 Benjamin can be used opposite of Keenan Allen. Allen had a great rookie season with 71 rec and 1,046 yds. Danny Woodhead gathered up yards rushing and receiving exactly how D. Sproles was used in New Orleans.
I see the Bolts trying to create their own prolific offense like we have in New Orleans or AFC West division rival, Denver Broncos. Besides Keenan Allen, the Bolts WRs are Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal, and after suffering a neck injury last year, Malcolm Floyd is set to return in 2014. Benjamin could copy the steps of Allen's rookie season. He could come in not expected to start and learn from the veteran WRs before making an impact later in the season. Allen stepped up after Malcolm Floyd's injury last Sept. 15 in Philadelphia. Allen was nominated for Offensive Rookie of the Year but lost to Green Bay's RB Eddie Lacy in 2013. With Benjamin the Bolts would have enough depth on offense to compete for the division against Denver and Kansas City who also made the playoffs with highly efficient offenses.
2013: Second Team All-ACC. Led conference with 15 receiving TDs, which also tied FSU single-season record. Scored game-winning 2-yard TD with 13 seconds to win National Championship vs. Auburn. 2012: Played in all 14 games, did not start. 2011: Redshirted. High School: No. 8 WR nationally (Rivals). Played only three years at Glades (Fla.) Central.-Nolan Nawrocki (NFL.com)
Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.
Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2014 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.
|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
|2||St. Louis Rams||DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina||Kevin Sean Held||57%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M||Alex Swift||59%|
|4||Cleveland Browns||WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson||Shadow Flash||80%|
|5||Oakland Raiders||LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo||Khannar||71%|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||OT Greg Robinson - Auburn||Dave Choate||80%|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB Blake Bortles - UCF||russty||31%|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||CB Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma St.||JackMarzullo||50%|
|9||Buffalo Bills||OT Jake Matthews - Texas A&M||Letloosethedogsofwar||88%|
|10||Detroit Lions||WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M||Monkey Poop Battle||49%|
|11||Tennessee Titans||LB Anthony Barr - UCLA||Lostastic||60%|
|12||NY Giants||TE Eric Ebron - UNC||Khannar||78%|
|13||St. Louis Rams||S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama||hooahsaint2.0||74%|
|14||Chicago Bears||NT Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh||BlackandGold4ever||82%|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||NT Louis Nix III - Notre Dame||saintmanumit||36%|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||DE Kony Ealy - Missouri||Ryan Edwards||63%|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan||Tee Word||66%|
|18||NY Jets||CB Darqueze Dennard - Michigan State||Monkey Poop Battle||62%|
|19||Miami Dolphins||OL Zack Martin - Notre Dame||Letloosethedogsofwar||74%|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||QB Derek Carr - Fresno State||Alex Swift||72%|
|21||Green Bay Packers||S Calvin Pryor - Louisville||BlackandGold4ever||81%|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles||WR Marqise Lee - USC||organictallman|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||WR Brandin Cooks - Oregon St.||coldpizza|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||DT Ra'Shede Hageman - Minnesota||coldpizza|
|25||San Diego Chargers||WR Kelvin Benjamin - Florida St.||Lostastic|
|26||Cleveland Browns||Shadow Flash|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Ryan Edwards|
|29||New England Patriots||Shadow Flash|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||saintmanumit|
|31||Denver Broncos||Alex Swift|