Benjamin Declares for NFL Draft

By: Scott Rossman Email
By: Scott Rossman Email

Tallahassee, FL---The Florida State Seminoles will have to try to repeat as national champs without one of their biggest offensive weapons, and I mean that literally and figuratively.

Receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who scored the game-winning touchdown in the BCS Championship game Monday night, says he is going into the NFL draft.

Benjamin, a redshirt sophomore out of Belle Glade, Florida, caught the 2-yard TD pass from Winston with 13 seconds left Monday night, sealing the 34-31 win over Auburn.

For the season, he hauled in 54 passes for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns. At times he struggled with inconsistency in route running, and had more than his share of drops.

He really came on though late in the season, three td's in the game at Florida, and two more in the ACC title game win over Duke.

At 6-foot-5 inches and 234 pounds, Benjamin is a matchup nightmare because of his size and athleticism. He's expected to be a late first round pick, though don't be surprised if he goes closer to the middle of the first round.

Kelvin's the second high-profile member of the Seminoles to leave early for the NFL. Yesterday defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, another likely first rounder, declared as well.

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