Did FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin Recently Give People Another Reason To Compare Him To Plaxico Burress?

Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been compared to former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress by several scouts and fans over the course of the last several months and it looks like the potential first-round daft pick recently gave people yet another reason to make that comparison.

Gil Brandt posted on Twitter Thursday that he was told Benjamin recently blew off a workout with an NFL coach who had made special trip to see him. The reason? Benjamin apparently said he was too tired.


We have no way of knowing if what Brandt is reporting is true and it’s important to keep in mind that with one month to go until the draft, this is when you normally hear all kinds of stuff about prospects of which some is not necessarily true. If, however, Benjamin did blow off a workout exactly how Brandt reports, it surely could hurt his draft stock.

Back in 2000, Burress reportedly failed to show up for a pre draft meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles and it resulted in them taking him off their draft board because of it. Burress also reportedly passed up his first scheduled interview with then-Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, but later apologized and claimed he was slept through it because he was tired.

“I was coming in from California and I was tired,” said Burress back in 2000. “I ate and I laid down and slept right through. I called coach Cowher and explained, and he’s been great. We have a great relationship.”

The apology must have worked as the Steelers still drafted Burress with the 8th overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Much like Burress back in 2000, Benjamin has faced questions about his work ethic for quite a while. In an interview last August with the Palm Beach Post, Benjamin labeled himself “lazy,” admitting he “didn’t have a good attitude” and took “plays off” when he arrived at FSU in 2011. He apparently, however, made great strides since then to shake that label.

We will have to see how this plays out and if Benjamin or his agent comment on this recent report. The Steelers brass showed a lot of interest in Benjamin at his March Pro Day and even had dinner with him the night before the event.

  • gene mann

    that is why they need to do there work on picks especially at 15

  • John

    I would be curious to know also whether players miss meetings or workouts with certain teams due to lack of interest in that team or a firm belief that other teams have significant interest and will draft them. In short, do they think the meetings or workouts with others are no longer really important because they already know where they are going?

  • cp72

    Man I hate hearing that. I have been a big supporter of this guy but I can’t defend laziness.

  • Ernest

    wow, although we dont know the whole story, i’m pretty sure there are several less heralded 4th-7th round WR prospects that wouldn’t take any opportunity like that for granted. thats a red flag and now I only would want him in the late 2nd or 3rd.

  • Madi

    It’s a good sign to see him acknowledge a history of laziness. It shows that even if he backslides, which he MAY have done here, at least he’s not in denial or defensive about it. That’s a good step.

    And it’s worth noting that although Burress had his problems here, and problems in New York, laziness was never a big factor, if I’m remembering right.

    For Benjamin, this is bad news if true, but I would give him a chance to explain himself. People do make mistakes. Just puts more importance on the interview for me.

  • PA2AK

    with you. that’s enough for me. tired? get real…he’s 22-23? there’s no such thing as tired. Get a regular job, get married, have some kids, pay your bills….then we can talk about ‘tired’. Could you imagine looking for a job and telling a potential employer you were tired?! if he’s around in the 4th go ahead and take a stab at it.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    the more tape I watch the more he reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald without the amazing hands. He is so big and uses his body so well that he doesn’t need to run crisp routes cause he just shields the defender with his body. his hands aren’t great but they aren’t as bad as people are trying to say they are.

  • Callentown

    Oh, I though he was caught in a club with a gun tucked into his sweatpants. Whew!

  • cp72

    He could take Rashard Mendenhall’s place in Tomlin’s doghouse quick with that attitude.

  • srdan

    He is a college kid. If I had a dollar for every time I didn’t show up where I was suppose to be while in college……I’d probably have no student loans

  • harding36

    This strikes me as highly odd. It makes no sense. None. First, I can’t imagine that KB is actually dumb enough to blow off a workout and say, “I was too tired.” These guys are so highly controlled by agents and handlers at this point that someone would have come up with a better excuse; e.g. I was sick, scheduling mix-up, family crisis, dog ran away, anything other than “I was tired.” No one is stupid enough to actually say what has been reported here. The fact that it fits so nicely with the “Benjamin is lazy” motif is all the more reason to be suspicious. Second, why would the supposed coach release this information to a reporter? If this really happened, wouldn’t the coach want to keep it to himself so that KB gets picked higher? In other words, why would anyone give a reporter valid information about a prospect that could be useful to the other 31 teams. I’m calling BS on this.

  • Brandon James

    Very true. Remember how they said this was the most immature draft class yet? Well here it is at its finest

  • Doug Sawyer

    him blowing off the Eagles is not lazy…it’s smart

  • Doug Sawyer

    what are you talking about?…it was Plex who said he was tired not Benjamin ….learn to read

  • Doug Sawyer

    how is showing no interest in the Eagles a redflag? who the F would want to play on that garbage team with that fan base?

  • Steelers12328882

    He blew the coach off cause he knows the Steelers will be drafting him anyways. Or, maybe he didn’t want to risk millions after seeing Brandon Thomas go down with an ACL.

  • Doug Sawyer

    he never said that…did everyone’s reading comprehension just fall off the cabbage cart?…Plex said he was too tired in 2000

  • Doug Sawyer

    this sounds like a BS story

  • steelster

    They both said they were tired.

  • Johnny Loose

    Ernest is talking about KB. No one said KB blew off a meeting w/ the Eagles. That’s Burress. Burress blew of a meeting w/ the Eagles in 2000. And just because it’s the Eagles doesn’t mean a player should blow off a meeting. That’s immature.

  • steelster

    When it comes to taking care of his body he isn’t lazy. 4 percent body fat is amazing.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Him missing a meeting with an NFL coach definitely doesn’t reflect well, especially given that his peers seem to have few problems doing so.

    But let’s be honest, these athletes have every right to be tired. Their regular job is working out just as many if not more hours a week than we do working our jobs, while trying to balance school on top of that. If you’re getting drafted in the opening rounds, you’re not getting by on just talent anymore.

  • Aggressively Normal

    You should read the Brandt’s tweet. Said KB was too tired for the private workout. Plax ALSO said he was too tired.

  • Johnny Loose

    Re-read the tweet and article. You should probably learn to read yourself. Benjamin skipped the meeting because he was tired. You must have a serious KB man crush.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Benjamin’s agent says he didn’t

  • harding36

    Guest, Did you actually read the article?

  • cp72

    You know I was thinking about this. If he’s 4 percent body fat he can’t possibly cut weight. The only thing he can do is get bigger. Will he eventually be around 250 once gets into an NFL weight program?

  • steelster

    Yes, it could be a problem. He was 260 as a freshman. If he adds weight does that mean he could get slower. This guy really has his share of pro’s and con’s.

  • steelster

    I believe all agents.

  • NW86

    You are completely wrong. It would be really embarrassing to make such an @ss out of yourself while trying to make everyone else out to be an @ss, but I guess that’s why you don’t sign in.

  • Paul Barracliffe

    I will be so Mad if we reach for this guy with so much real talent in the first round. I really doubt it can happen. 2nd round would be good.

  • Doug Sawyer

    I believe all twitter posts

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Your talking about millions of $ on the line i’ll stay up for a weeks if i knew it was gonna get me millions he may have just talked his self out of the first rd

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I would for a few mil

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    First thought in my mind was he shot him self

  • PA2AK

    No problem with being tired. Just have a problem with it being used as an excuse when an opportunity of many lifetimes is at hand. Not saying this is what dooms him as a pro, but I wouldn’t invest millions in him…especially not when there are 100s of other athletes working harder without excuses.

  • PA2AK


  • I am starting to think you are his agent…

  • It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, he can’t afford to get any slower. Unless he decides to bulk up and play TE.

  • Reading is fundamental

  • Flakiness was Burress’s main issue.

  • Are you the same guy that couldn’t read above either, or a different troll?

  • True, but how many of your college appointments potentially had a few million bucks on the line?

  • I think some may do that if they have an inkling that they will be gone by the time that team drafts, but that’s has also been known to backfire.

  • He keeps getting more and more like Burress. Burress averaged about 800 yrds and 4.4 TDs a year with us in his first stint. If the similarities are true and that is what we can expect, I would be pissed to get that at 15.

  • steelster


  • Richard Edlin

    On the bright side, he didn’t shoot himself in the leg.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    The point is that other teams are watching. The NFL wants players who respect the league and the draft process. Missing a meeting not only raises concerns for the Eagles but all teams.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I agree. I am not impressed with him. I think he is a second round talent.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    You make some compelling points. This story is a bit convient.

  • Weiss Chad

    More tape I see on this guy,I personally don’t get it.he seems really slow ,gives huge target around legs and everything I have seen he waits for ball to come to him and grabs it w body nearly at the lowest point.Bad hands and looks to me like he goes down on 90 percent of plays pretty easy.ive watched tape on five or six guys ,personally IMO bust written all over him.he looks slow on field to me.i don’t care about forty time I care football plays made and how good they look at their position.Go ahead start tearing me apart.i wouldn’t take him in second round even.plus he’s a tr or more older than every other player and I believe at that age it gives u a little advantage.

  • grw1960

    You mean another reason for fans to shudder at the thought of selecting him at 15


    Not sure I’m a big fan of KB. This doesn’t sway my opinion though. He’s 23 and wasn’t a polished receiver at the college level. Surely they can find a tough red zone threat somewhere else in this draft. Hines Ward was our last good red zone receiver and he was 6’0. He had toughness, and could high point the ball.

  • tim

    Great point John….probably a less Manning way of not having a team pick you pick….but still a dangerous game to play if one drops too far down..

  • tim

    Guys………I keep seeing people going back and forth saying he said he was tired or he did not say he was tired… I think we all need to remember just because a reporter said something…IT DOES NOT MEAN IT WAS TRUE! I think we should wait to hear from the Eagles themselves or from Benjamin, NOT from a third party before one decides what is and what is NOT true….JUST sayin..

  • srdan

    You really believe that this meeting had a few million bucks on the line? If anything, the article suggests that all of plaxicos antics didn’t affect his stock or millions. Why do you think this meeting for Benjamin was so important?

  • Axe Skot

    If this meeting was mutually agreed upon, then it definitely shows immaturity.

  • It’s not about the individual meeting. He’s a first round draft prospect. Any such meeting, and potential hurting of his stock, COULD result in a big drop that could cost a couple million bucks.

  • srdan

    You are probably right. I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt.

  • Understandable. All I am saying is that he or any prospect needs to be more aware of the importance of any such meetings.

  • Johnny Loose

    thats hilarious

  • Bob Loblaw

    If a team likes what they see in this guy, this is small compared to the other baggage you see ignored in all rounds of the draft. And with the new rules on rookie contracts the impact on how much money hed make is even less.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    There is a history here…now he may have changed some because he knew a big payday was coming but now it worries me if he gets decent money what will you get out of him? This makes him a shaky pick in the first for me and was already to begin with.