By Jeff Newman: The San Francisco 49ers had Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin over at the 49ers Santa Clara facility for a visit on Monday, according to csnbayarea.com. The 49ers are interested in drafting a tall receiver, and the 6’5″ 245lb Benjamin has the kind of size that the 49ers are looking for in a receiver.
Benjamin caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards in 2013 for Florida State. At the NFL combine he ran a 4.61 40-yard dash, which wasn’t all that great in comparison to other receivers at the combine.
The 49ers aren’t saying what they thought of Benjamin. He’s a cheaper alternative for the 49ers than someone like receiver Mike Evans, who is expected to go within the first 10 picks in the 2014 draft. Benjamin will likely go late in the 1st round, possibly in the 2nd round. He didn’t look that in impressive in his Pro Day workout last week. Benjamin dropped a number of balls that were thrown straight to him. He also looked slow, and seemed to have problems accelerating. As slow as Benjamin was, it would be difficult to picture him getting open against the good receivers in the league. He would have the ability to out-jump the cornerbacks if 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick were to throw a jump ball, but other than that, he might have problems trying to get open due to his slow foot speed.
The 49ers are reportedly very high on Mike Evans, and they reportedly are thinking about trading up in the 1st round to get him. If they choose not to, then Benjamin might be the way to go. If the Niners can fix his problems in dropping the ball, and work on his speed, he might be a decent alternative to Evans. The 49ers will have to give up a lot in order to get Evans and it’s unclear if it’ll be worth it due to the draft picks that the Niners will have to give up.