NFL.com Draftnik Daniel Jeremiah Still Has Steelers Drafting FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin In First Round

NFL.com draftnik Daniel Jeremiah has released his second mock draft of the offseason and he hasn’t changed his opinion on who he thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers will select with the 15th overall pick.

Just as he did in his first mock draft a month ago, Jeremiah has the Steelers drafting Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Jeremiah writes:

“Benjamin’s size and playmaking ability would be a perfect complement to Antonio Brown.”

Benjamin is a big bodied wide receiver who registered 54 catches for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013. Seven of those touchdowns came inside the red zone. To read more about him, here is my early offseason breakdown of him.

Jeremiah has Benjamin as the third wide receiver coming off the board in the first round with Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans being drafted in the first 13 picks. He has Marqise Lee as his fourth wide receiver and has the New York Jets selecting him with the 18th overall selection.

Ok, you know the drill. Begin your ranting, raving and name calling in the comments below.

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  • Jon Crissinger

    Benjamin doesn’t really seem all that impressive to me. If it’s just his size, Brandon Coleman from Rutgers got similar production and will be there in the 3rd and possibly the 4th round.

  • dkoy85

    Eh, it’s a risk and a bit of a reach at 1.15 but you won’t find the kind of potential Benjamin possesses at WR anywhere in the draft. If they feel he had a good combine and bring him in to take a closer look and think he could be a difference maker, specifically in the red zone then I don’t have a problem with it.

    Basically, if the Steelers pick him up in the first round I’ll be pleased because I know they did their homework. Either way it will be fun to watch his NFL career.

  • steeltown

    Nothing against Benjamin, I watched a lot of FSU games this past year and at times he looked like a man amongst boys out there, but selecting him 15th overall.. I don’t see it

  • Matt Manzo

    Only reason to go WR is if Gilbert is gone and no one falls. I’d rather see a trade down, but Benjamin is a red zone threat, or could be? I don’t know about taking Benjamin over Lee. I’d rather have Lees vision and speed and blocking!

  • David OBIE!

    I would like to see the Steelers trade back with the Miami four spots
    Steelers get back their #3 and Miami picks Kouandjio (tackle)
    There will still be a good wide receiver available with the 19th pick if the
    Steelers want one. I think one of three will be there (Evans ,Benjamin or Lee)

  • Callentown

    I don’t think we draft WR in the 1st unless Nix, Gilbert and Mosley are gone. Possibly even Dix too..

  • Kevin Gobleck

    If he has a great combine i could see it

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Wow i’m happy for once it’s not nix

    If this were to happen i would hope we pick someone up like Kyle Fuller from VT in the second, and I would be one happy camper

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Charles Davis has Mike Evans falling to the Steelers in his draft. Last year it seems Bucky Brooks had a better handle on how things actually worked out. Inevitably, there is usually a run at either QB or Tackles, that causes some great prospect to drop. I say definitely no WR in the 1st.

    However if the Steelers look around and see that all these WR’s have come out early, they just might figure they will take one early. I still think they stick to the script and pick a WR in the 3rd round, as there is lots of depth. I have seen qualities in some of the 3rd round guys that allow them the potential to be very good.

    I am all for trading down and accumulating another pick perhaps in the 3rd round. Still my preferred scenario.

  • cp72

    Roethlisberger is the perfect QB for him to play with. He will throw it up and just let him make plays. Think about this Brown on one side 6’5″ Benjamin on the other. Put Wheaton in the slot and throw in Heath Miller. Oh and if the defense isn’t stressed enough Le’Veon Bell just went in motion out of the backfield. Makes me want to start the season tomorrow.

    Want to help a defense in transition…..score 28 points a game.

  • PA2AK

    Don’t see it happening, but if they do it I’m confident that they feel he’s good enough and that there is enough quality in the draft to fill the defensive holes. Also, if they pick him at 15…better go D for the rest of the draft.

  • PA2AK

    I often wonder about this. If the guys are very similar in measurables and production…would the guy that has a lesser quality team (and more specifically QB) have a better upside? While results may be similar…I’d be inclined to pick the guy that didn’t have a Heisman winner throwing him the ball or a top notch D.

  • Jollyrob68

    I think the Steelers would rather have Marquise Lee. The Steelers could also trade back with The Jets for a 3rd pick. I’m for drafting Watkins & Lee in the first round or move back and get more pick if you’re taking a WR. Other than that I’d like Mosley,Pryor,Dennard or Gilbert.

  • Jollyrob68

    This Wr class is deep with talented big bodied Wr. They could move back and pick up a 2nd or 3rd rounder. Then grab Martavis Bryant.

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    kid has bust written all over him, DONTAE MONCRIEF, WR, OLE MISS, big strong and polished, 3rd round, ARTHUR LYNCH, TE, GEORGIA, 4th round,
    first two picks on defense

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    OR DONTAE MONCRIEF 3RD ROUND

  • Steve

    What is 28 points if you give up 40? Sounds like the old Coryell Boltz, when they had Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner and Kellan Winslow. That team could score some points but their D was very porous. Watched FSU and Benjamin was ok but he was not out of this would like Lee was from USC.

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Honestly with his lack of polish/route-running and reliance on size/athleticism, for the first couple years he really won’t be much different than Derek Moye over the next 2 years. Think about it.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I just think that WR in the 1st is too early. If the guy is special fine but do not think Benjamin fits the bill

  • cp72

    You forgot Wes Chandler…he was good too. I like Lee but he’s like AB and Wheaton. I think adding size to the group brings a element we don’t have. Moye not in Benjamin’s league.

  • WIINGY

    Moncfeif looks like a smooth operator.

  • WIINGY

    If this draft is so deep I think they may trade down if the top S, CB, and a guy named Mosely are off the board.
    Can’t wait for the draft.

  • Ike Evans

    Words cannot express how happy I would be if they picked Justin gilbert

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Steve, please don’t take this personal. But I think your view of the “Steelers situation” is inaccurate.

    Over the last 3 years the Steelers offense has scored an average of about 22 ppg. While the league leader has scored an average of about 36 ppg. (The difference is 14 points)

    Over the last 3 years the Steelers defense has allowed an average of about 19 ppg. While the league leader has allowed an average of about 15 ppg. (The difference is 4 points)

    Our biggest problem is on offense. Not on defense. Even Seattle (the defensive powerhouse) scored 26 ppg this past year.

    Kelvin Benjamin scored 15 touchdowns last year on only 54 catches. If he can give the Steelers one “extra” touchdown every game we’d average 31 ppg (compared to last year’s roster).

    There is no defensive player in the world who affect our net points like that. I’m about winning more games. If we can do that by drafting more defense, great. But right now it looks like drafting a first round red zone threat will give us more return on our investment.

  • alex

    Dont forget Ebron…hes gonna be a pain in the rear to defend…

    totally agree, we so gotta score points…20 is not enough with our current D, and scoring gives Lebaeu a lead to play his trix!

    and then theres the problem of Balt…i see projections of them drafting Mike Evans…so there thinking missmatches too…

    to me, its first pick a big huge pain in the butt reciever TE/WR, your choice (and Ben will love it) and then all D, or maybe one little waterbug @ RB!

  • Intropy

    Oh, yeah. Nobody’s ever caught the Monkthief.

  • Steve

    Have said numerous times here that the Steelers need to draft Lee out of USC. Have said Benjamin is good but we may be able to draft him in the 2nd round.

  • Steve

    My sediment exactly. Benjamin “Got Lost” in games at times last year.

  • David OBIE!

    i agree with Steve – much of this is sediment

  • Douglas Andrews

    Just say some film on him he would be a steal in the 3rd round. He’s a burner

  • Milliken Steeler

    You’re forgetting we have had injuries and key personal missing when trying to learn a new offense. We came on during the end of the year. Heath, Spaeth and Wheaton will be healthy. Bell should only be better.

    The only WR I would take with our 15 is Watkins and he is going to be gone.

    Our defense has major issues and CB, Safety and ILB or OLB depending on our FA’s need to be addressed.

    We can pick up another WR in the 3rd or 4th rounds as this draft is deep. and then a TE or RB late.

  • Steelers12328882

    We need a receiver bad, but the question is do we stand a better chance getting a good cornerback or receiver with our 2nd pick. I think these should be our top 2 picks, and as much as I like Benjamin I think we can get a good receiver at 2, and our best bet is to grab a cornerback at 1.

  • Jazz

    Drafting Benjamin at #15 IMO would be too high. This guy had one good season at FSU; I just hope whomever they draft can step on the field and contribute day 1. Enough of this B.S. about sitting a player for 2-3yrs and letting them learn the system. Play these Rookies Already! Let them make some mistakes and grow from it.

  • shawn

    they would never take nix or gilbert ,… mosley possibly but doubted !

  • shawn

    Benjamin much more upside than lee .. Lee=Avg NFL receiver

  • shawn

    totally agree

  • shawn

    SSS … great post and great point of view … so glad u put this into proper perspective … everybody is screaming for defensive improvement while what we really need is to bolster our offense .. its very easy to see if u dont look to closely

    i say …
    1st round TE/Big Wr
    5th round change of pace rb/kr DAT/Tri Archer

    and the rest on defense …2-7th especially DBs … thats how i would handle the draft !!!

  • shawn

    are u kidding … u are lost

  • shawn

    oh yes he does

  • shawn

    15 TDs … he can get lost all he wants lol

  • Callentown

    If Mosley somehow makes it to the Steelers, I would call that the closest thing to a lock for the 1st rd for this team. But he won’t be there because he’s so highly regarded.

    Well, at least before the combine anyway :)

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Care to explain why?

  • shawn

    the guy scored 15 TDs and over a 1000 yds … all while playing half ass not even playing close to his potential … get him into a good professional environment with his ability/ skills l and the sky is the limit … he is night and day with moye … no disrespect to moye

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Ugh. Where do I even begin babyfeeding this to you. 1) Scoring rec TDs in college is a billion times easier. All you have to do is be taller and/or outjump the DBs. In the pros, they are more athletic, taller, and jump better. Rec TDs in college don’t correlate with success in the NFL. 2) If all the college 1000 yd receivers had success in the NFL, there’d be nothing but college-1000yd-WRs in the NFL with more on the PS and streets. 3) Using stats to help an argument from college to the pros is so wrong I won’t even begin to explain why. 4) 1st rounders have polish and KB doesn’t have polish at all. I think it’s horrible he’s playing halfassedly in college. Doesn’t say a lot about his work ethic, and I don’t give a crap about potential if he can’t work hard. People who don’t work hard and go by size/athleticism alone are called the Vince Youngs, Matt Leinarts, and Limas Sweeds of the NFL.

  • shawn

    can’t agree with anything u said … if u can’t see his matchup RZ and explosive ability then there is nothing more to talk about ! … size and speed is one thing that translates to all levels …

    word of wisdom .. dont try to teach or act like u are an expert in football … it really is not becoming on boards !

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Are you serious? If you REALLY think size and speed “translates to all levels” then that’s your problem. Maybe you need to go read up on Al Davis. If you don’t like my style you don’t have to reply. I just state the facts and have a much much better track record than you. I’m done with trying to convince you on the most fundamental drafting concepts and basic concepts on tape per your Ike/Cortez discussion. Just leave this forum for people who know what they’re talking about.

  • shawn

    ur sounding a little sophmorish … problem with Al davis is he picked non football players that were fast …. cmon …I’m talking about football players … no comparison … if u can’t see that Cortez has all the skills and ability to be a top CB in the NFL … then well i dont know what to say … how many pro bowls did Ike ever have ??? Cortez will be in the pro bowl in the 3 yrs …. write it down !

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Ugh. He picked “non football players” – well obviously they were football players when he picked them. He picked them because of that “translating to all levels” of size and speed. Cortez too has the “skills and ability” but the NFL is about the mental game and hard work game rather than size and speed (and Ike has brick hands, that’s why he was never a PBer). Again, I’m so tired of explaining these basic fundamentals over and over. Done with this conversation too. Please no more.

  • shawn

    u are lost … and know a lot less than u think … !

  • Steve

    Benjamin is tall and runs with long strides. He made some very nice catches last year. Look at Lee from USC, he had @ 400 yds against Arizona. Steelers have never had luck with large WR. Plex, Moye and many other just never panned out. Big TE’s have a spot with the Steelers but most WR that make it are @ 6 ft and fast and can block.

  • Steve

    With you on Lee, but don’t think we need 2 WR in this draft. Need DB’s the most and need to get some soon.

  • Steve

    Lee=AB and don’t think Brown is average.

  • shawn

    I dont think the past is indicative of any issues regarding big receivers having problems in fitting in with the steelers … i think Plex had plenty of success with us, of course he could have been much better, but i wouldn’t hesitate on picking Benjamin if he does well in interviews, background and passes all the DD …

    Lee will do well in the NFL, but i think he’s too much like what we already have in AB and Wheaton … i think its better to diversify and get a Big guy to help us in the RZ

  • shawn

    you are right … Lee is a good player and will have a good career, but too similar to AB and Wheaton … NFL becoming more about mismatches nowadays and like a Big WR to complement our young studs AB & hopefully Wheaton

  • Steve

    Don’t think Benjamin would be a bad pickup, just think Lee would thrive with the Steelers. Eric Green was the last BIG man we had that could catch as a TE that went to Miami. He was a Beast.

  • shawn

    Green was great, but far too short of time with the black n gold .. TE position has changed so much the last 5-10 years and prob has created the most impact on the game on the offensive side of the ball and we are so far behind the curve … need to get that 2 TE option … one inline and one that has the ability to split out as well