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Report: Steelers To Meet With Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin, Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief At Combine


The Pittsburgh Steelers are allowed to meet with 60 players for 15 minutes each at the 2014 NFL Combine this week and while we will never know the full list of players they met with, a few names have started to emerge.

According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Sports on Twitter, Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Mississippi wide receiver Donte Moncrief have both said they are scheduled to meet with the Steelers.

Benjamin reportedly measured in at the combine at 6 foot, 5 inches, 240 pounds and has 34 7/8 arms to go along with a 10 1/4 hand size.

Benjamin, an underclassmen who declared for the draft after FSU won the National Championship, caught 54 passes for 1011 yards in 2013. His 15 touchdown receptions led the ACC and ranked tied for third in the nation. He is currently projected to be drafted somewhere in the first round.

Moncrief reportedly measured in at the combine at 6 foot, 2 inches, 221 pounds and has 32 3/8 arms to go along with a 9 1/8 hand size.

Moncrief, who declared for the draft following his junior season, finished his Ole Miss career ranked third in school history in receptions (156), receiving yards (2,371) and receiving touchdowns (20) and second in 100-yard receiving games (9). In 2013 he registered 59 catches for 938 yards and six touchdowns.

Moncrief is currently projected to be drafted in the third or fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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  • dkoy85

    Only 6ft? Everywhere else has him listed as 6’2″-6’3″

  • Ike Evans

    Ohhhhh boy…where’s donate moncrief guy at? His heads gonna explode

  • steeltown

    I think that was a typo.. pretty sure he’s 6’3

  • dkoy85

    I wonder if she can double caps?

  • steeltown

    Great value in the 4th

  • dkoy85

    Word. I was gona say I’m 50/50 on the guy but at 6ft I wouldnt be interested.

  • steeltown

    Would be a good pick if he’s there in the 4th IMO

  • steeltown

    Ha!

  • LayDownTheHammer

    I bet Duchess “ALL CAPITALS” Hershberger is having an org*sm right now.

  • joed32

    Dave’s article says 6′ 2″.

  • Ike Evans

    Sidebar….you know what would be kinda funny? If they interview all these tall WRs and all these reports their draftin one and told Ben they’re getting one if after all of that…..they draft Brandon cooks lol

  • RayRay

    marquis lee at 15 would be a steal

  • steeltown

    With the way the draft plays out, always so unpredictable, and the way that most Teams are secretive about their intentions..it wouldn’t surprise me. Although I do think they’ll draft a WR with size this year that in no way means they intend to do so in the 1st Rd.. they could end up taking a guy like Moncrief or Coleman in the mid Rds

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Banned maybe???

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I just read that Benjamin is 240 pounds and he says only 4% is body fat, strong fella he is

  • SFIC

    No tape of the “low-lights”?….drops, etc….????
    ;-)

  • SFIC

    I have a feeling they will be interviewing many WR’s and TE’s this year….

  • Iron Cadet

    May Gerry Dulac was right

  • dkoy85

    The thought of the potential he has gets me excited. Some feel he’s a reach at 1.15, and maybe he is, but I’d be very excited if they grab him. IMO he has as much potential as anybody in the draft. AB, Benjamin, Wheaton, Cotchery and Bell and an improved O-line could prove to be lethal.

  • taztroy43

    I think the steelers are thinking of trading back in the 1st n drafting benjamin or they think he might slip to the 2nd…remember v jackson was a mid 2nd even after blowing the combine with his measurables…I would prefer Evans from texas a &m…but I think he might b gone by the time we pick at 15(I thik he might blow it up at the combine n with his basketball background team are going to covet him more)…benjamin kind of reminds me of limas sweed…I hope im wrong if we draft him!!!!

  • dkoy85

    Wouldn’t mind them picking Benjamin 1.15 though. Then maybe the stars align and every other NFL team forgets about Fuller and he falls to us in the 2nd. Then we find out after we select Benjamin he actually runs in the low 4.3s and is an excellent kick and punt returner and turns out he plays nose tackle very well too.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    No way he run in 4.3 range, let alone 4.5 range. He’s more of between 4.6 and 4.7’s, that’s not a bad thing; Ashton Jeffrey and Keenan Allen both proved they still can be productive with bad 40 yards. Its more about separation for the flanker position. While I’m happy the Steelers FO finally wrapped their heads around this… this isn’t a good year to draft a tall receiver, really no.

    I wished we’d had went after Aaron Dobson last year (who went to Patriots after Wheaton’s pick) in general I’m very interested in this draft because it has potentials to be a very good class or very bad. Nervous about what the FO see in players after Jarvis Jones’ pick last year.

  • 243546

    Everyone knew that Benjamin was a big dude, but I’m still blown away by those measurements. If Benjamin runs a 4.4, forget about him being available at 15.

  • James Kling

    And here the Duke thought it was all his funky lovin’…

  • ATL96STEELER

    Sweed…really? Not even the same kind of player imo…Sweed was tall, but much faster, just couldn’t catch.

    Evans might be gone @ 15, but don’t count on Benjamin being there in the 2nd round. The big WR is in vogue now…if he runs a good 40..

  • James Kling

    I’ll be interested to see what Moncrief runs. He seemed to be a deep threat at Ole Miss, and has terrific hands, could be a better Mike Wallace (not as fast, more consistent though). Plus he’s only 20. Benjamin has a great frame, but it didn’t seem like he dominated games, and I question his hands as well. He’s also slightly older at 23, so I’d be inclined to take Moncrief with the R3 comp we should be getting over Benjamin at 1.15, being a project. IMO Moncrief could contribute sooner and has a higher floor.

  • James Kling

    Yeah, I agree that Benjamin won’t last till R2, and I don’t see the Sweed comparison either. One site compared him to Burress, actually, although KB is about 10# heavier. Like Burress, a RZ threat, but KB does seem beefier.

  • PA2AK

    so where’d that guy go that has been screaming (aka all caps all day) Moncrief? maybe this calmed him down?

  • shawn

    Benj doesn’t run 4.6/4.7 .. he’s a solid 4.5 guy … u can see it on tape …. also like the big guys this year more than last not sure what u liked last year

  • ATL96STEELER

    I think Steeler people just like throwing his name when they think a WR is a bust. Benjamin might bust too, but they are nothing alike as players imo.

  • shawn

    i think there are better WRs than Benj in the draft but i think he would be the best complement to our team … provided that the FO thinks he fits the organisation

  • PA2AK

    sure looks like he was a nice security blanket when the play broke down and in the redzone. would fit well for the Steelers as Ben likes to extend plays and we have real problems with redzone offense.

  • shawn

    there has a lot been said about his hands, but honestly i think its a little overblown … i saw where it was reported that he had a 9% drop rate … i could live with that .. luv AB and i know he dropped around 10 balls this year .. u can see Benj makes some nice catches so its not his hands, maybe just a concentration/fundamental thing where he drops some of the easy ones … I’m sure they can work with him

  • grw1960

    If I remember correctly , a while back Dave posted the completion percentage of the top 10 WR in this draft.
    And Benjamin’s was the lowest of the 10 WRs at 61%.
    Now did he drop a lot or had a lot of poorly thrown passes come his way?? I don’t know the answer to that.

  • grw1960

    I would be OK with Moncrief, Not a star but a good risk reward pick

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Completely agree i think he’d be that missing piece and i’m praying that we could snag Fuller in the second long shot but i wouldn’t mind

  • James Kling

    Agreed.

    And WRT Sweed, he had some skills, plenty of upside, it just makes you wonder what happened. Confidence (lack thereof) seemed to play a role, both on his part and Arians not giving him a shot. Thin line between making it and busting. I thought Sanders would be what AB is today, and vice versa. Similar skill sets. What made AB the guy he is, and Sanders the guy he is?

  • dkoy85

    Fuller is a long shot in the 2nd but good God that would be awesome. I really wouldnt mind if they traded back to get Fuller later in the 1st.

  • Brian Miller

    Any drops that we get from Benj, Lee, or whomever will just fill in fine with all of the drops we get from Brown, and Sanders…that has been really frustrating to watch last year.

  • Brian Miller

    Think he got banned…

  • Brian Miller

    I was much more in favor of Lee over Benj, but I have to admit, the “highlight reel” is impressive, although it looks like Benj body catches more than i care for. Plus this doesn’t show any blocking which we all know is important in our system. The more research I do and the more I think about it, the more I think that we will NOT draft a WR in the first round, especially with the needs at CB, S, DE and LB (either OLB or ILB depending on free agents and Spence)…I agree with a lot of people, maybe trading back in the first round to pick up extra picks and still get a Fuller, Gilbert or Dennard would be ideal for us. Of course, we need a partner for that…

  • dkoy85

    Sorry to change the subject but has anybody seen the footage of Rice dragging his unconcious fiance out of wherever he was staying at the time he knocked her out? What an effin a-hole! I hope V. Williams takes his head off with a career ending blow. I always thought Rice was a high character guy… guess i was wrong.

  • Iron Cadet

    go on youtube and type in kevlin benjamin drops 2013. it makes me a little worried.

  • Iron Cadet

    yeah i saw it, he didnt get very far. he was only averaging about 3.1 yards a carry

  • Kevin Gobleck

    i wouldn’t mind to trade up in the second either i think he will be a special player

  • steelster

    how about multi org#sm. He is done and we may never see him again

  • steelster

    What do you think of the idea of trading out of the first round with the browns. They get our first round pick and we get the browns second, third and fifth round pick. The patriots made a move somewhat similar to this with the Vikings last year.

  • Brian Miller

    I hear ya…they worry me too, and I saw a few during the year…I really like Lee, but he had his own share of drop problems last year too.

  • Milliken Steeler

    LOL! I shouldn’t have laughed because of the premise, but that was funny.

  • 20Stoney

    How ironic would it be if we drafted Moncreif, he turned out to be a star and Dutchess couldn’t tell us she told us so…..REPEATEDLY

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Wow, Benjamins measurables are something…this would be a tough kid to bring down after the catch.

  • Steelers12328882

    I think the Steelers will select Benjamin at 15 especially if Justin Gilbert is gone. We can always get a CB in the 2nd round.

  • pat

    I really like Matthews from Vandy

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Thanks for the obvious comparison to the fellow Ole Miss-er there.

  • Brian Miller

    Anybody watched tape on Brandon Coleman from Rutgers? 6’5” 220…projected currently between rounds 3-5…

  • Brian Miller

    Lol…yup.

  • steelster

    name 5 really good receivers in the nfl that are 6′ 5′ and above not named Calvin Johnson. If you come up with 5 guys then ask yourself this question would you use the first round ,15th pick on them. Every team wants the next Calvin Johnson and this is a pipe dream. Calvin Johnson is a physical freak.

  • Iron Cadet

    That’s why I like mike evans. Surest hands in the draft IMO

  • Steve

    Big Ben was not the most mature with the Steelers. Seems he just settled down in the past 2 years, before that he was a Wild Buck!

  • Steve

    Sweed had vision problems. Tried glasses and contacts – No help.

  • Steve

    Andre Johnson with the Texans is no sloutch. He is 6-3 but just as good.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I don’t want a WR in the first, and I don;t expect Megatron, but I also want a tall guy with a good wing span, that might even be a TE. Why? Because I would be happy with 500-700 yards and 10-12 TD’s, most of which would come in the red zone. You do remember how crappy we are there, right?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    They are not drafting WR in the 1st. It’s all a fake out, so that some crazy team will fall in love with Benji, ask the Steelers for a trade and voila, my dream comes true.

    They make some steal of a trade that allows them to get a quality CB in the 1st, Van Noy or someone similar in the 2nd, maybe a WR in the 3rd and safety next with the comp pick. That would be ideal. Now if we can figure out exactly who they like.

  • Superdriller316

    Dobson went in the 2nd.

  • Superdriller316

    Doesn’t hurt that his Uncle is Jerry Rice either.

  • Superdriller316

    On the Ike Taylor Show, Ike said Benjamin was training down at Tom Shaw’s. He also called Benjamin a broke Calvin Johnson. He’s only broke because he hasn’t been paid yet. Ike had a lot of good things to say about Benjamin. If we go after him then we will have 2 Big Ben’s.

  • pat

    If Mack slips do we take him? By the way I think he is a top 5

  • steelster

    j co scored 10 tds

  • steelster

    yes and this draft is loaded with big wr that can be selected in later rounds such as cody Hoffman from byu

  • steelster

    he got married and had little ben who the steelers already drafted, shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

  • SFIC

    Brown and Wheaton don’t have any where near the drops that Benjamin has had. It will even get worse for him in the NFL when the pressure amps up. He has little swagger because he’s a mild mannered person. Pressure will get to him. He will drop a lot of balls. Fans will get on him and he will have a tough time adjusting. Jmo

  • SFIC

    Not as tough as Jace Amaro. :-)

  • SFIC

    Poor route running and his inability to separate will be his demise in the NFL.

  • SFIC

    Actually the big CB is in vogue now, who are keeping the big WRs in check (IE: the latest SB). I think teams would be wise going with small, quick, fast WRs that these bigger CBs can’t keep up with… Like Brown…why do you think he’s doing so well?

  • grw1960

    not happening at 15. WR at 15 that’s WR Evens if still on the board, Trade down to 20 something. Then maybe it’s Bengy

  • blackandgoldBullion

    The way Ike played this past season, almost everyone would look like Calvin Johnson.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yes, it is happening.

  • Jones

    Disagree. While he certainly lost a step, he still performed reasonably well – especially early in the season. Not sold on him making at corner next season at all, though.

  • Iron Cadet

    He Is 20. He has time. He wouldn’t be drafted for that anyways, his job would be to go up and get the ball

  • dkoy85

    A trade back in the 1st to get an extra pick and a trade up to get Fuller in the second.

  • shawn

    ya it was … but i think you can safely say AB more than made up for his … sanders thats another story

  • shawn

    i dont quite see it that way … didnt watch Benj for the whole season but if his 9% drop rate was accurate thats not really that bad … (thats like saying you catch 10 balls a game and you drop one) he made a lot of hard catches thats for sure … and while everyone differs on what a drop is ( i usually think if both hands are on the ball its catchable) i would put AB’s rate right up there with those numbers which are more than acceptable as he put in stellar performances week in and week out !

  • WIINGY

    she was playing possum

  • shawn

    like trading down in the 1st and picking up Ebron, Benj or Amaro … but if we could trade to the 2nd and get 3 extra picks … couldn’t argue with that as i think the 2/3rd rounds have the most value …

    we could easily get both a Good DB and Big Wr

    as long as they make good choices … I’m of the opinion we can’t put all our eggs in one basket in regards to the DBs …so that way its much better to pick up like 3 of them that way less chance we strike out .. would love 2 DBS in 2-4th rounds and another late guy like the OU kid colvin that got injured … if we traded back like u said and got all those picks i would actually shoot for 4 DBs … and pick up that florida kid from W Kentucky Dowling in the 6th … easily the best hands and best anticipation I’ve seen so far from any of the DBs

  • WIINGY

    He gave up 73 receptions for over 1000 yards, worst in the NFL. That is not playing reasonably well. He was the worst starting corner in the league.

  • shawn

    like most of the guys this year better than dobson … Matthews will be a star

  • stellarsfan

    Hilarious.

  • steelster

    mike evans doesn’ have the surest hands in the draft. Landry and Matthews have great hands

  • Iron Cadet

    they do both have good hands. But i think Evans’ are better. my opinion though

  • Jazz

    Donte Moncrief? Anybody out there know anything about this guy? I just watched him on YouTube, interested to see what his time will be at the combine today.

  • Candlefly

    4.40 timed, 4.34 untimed, third fastest in this years WR class, and I believe the best WR in this years draft.

  • Candlefly

    Moncrief will be a star for somebody. Not a better or surer bet at WR coming out this year.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I hope I get invited to the wedding…lmao!!!

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