Greg Cosell Still Likes Kelvin Benjamin More Than Mike Evans

This time of year I always enjoy hearing Senior Producer of NFL films Greg Cosell talk about draft prospects during interviews and this past week he gave his thoughts on several of the wide receivers in this year’s draft class in an interview on The Bottom Line with Mike’l Severe.

Early in the interview, Cosell gave his thoughts on Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans and Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and he said he likes the latter just a tad more than the former.

“Obviously, Mike Evans didn’t run very many routes at all but he’s almost a 6’5″, 230-plus pound receiver,” said Cosell. “Now, Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State, who’s 6’5”, 240, he ran far more routes in the route tree than Mike Evans. I’m sure some have Evans ahead of Benjamin, I happen to like Benjamin just a touch more because I think he’s a little more leggy, he’s a little more athletic with his movement.

“But they’d be very close. You’re not going to not draft Mike Evans because he only ran a couple of routes, just because he’s a physical specimen with terrific hands and probably a little bit better speed than you might think.”

Cosell has been pretty consistent with his thoughts on these two players as he also chose Benjamin over Evans in an interview with 93.7 The Fan prior to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine taking place.

“I would probably like Kelvin Benjamin a little more, the Florida State kid,” Cosell said back in February. “I think he’s a little more naturally athletic and a little quicker than Mike Evans, and they’re relatively the same size.

“I think Benjamin moves a little bit more like a smaller receiver. But I would like Benjamin more than Evans, but again, we’re splitting hairs, but you have to. If you’re asking me who I’d pick if it came down to that, that’s what I would do.”

Cosell certainly goes against the grain by taking Benjamin over Evans and you have to admire him sticking to his guns after watching a lot of tape of both players.

During the interview, Cosell talked plenty about other wide receivers as well as a few tight ends in this year’s draft class and you can hear the whole thing below.

  • pittsburghjoe

    It would be interesting to know how high Benjamin’s stock wold have been if Evans was not in this draft. Burress was drafted with the 8th pick when he entered the NFL. I think there are alot of similarities between the two. I bet Benjamin would have had a good chance to go top 10, and not fall past 15. Heck, he still may not fall past 15 even with Evans.

  • falconsaftey43

    That was a great interview, thanks for posting that Dave. He has an interesting take on Benjamin vs Evans. I frankly saw the opposite and thought Evans was a little more fluid and athletic. Benjamin looks kind of lumbering to me. If I had to compare, I’d say athletically Benjamin looks like Alshon Jeffery and Evans looks like Vincent Jackson.

  • Jason White

    I’m with him for different reasons. I watched a lot of Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin and one thing stuck out. Mike Evans doesn’t play like a big receiver compared to Benjamin. By that I mean I don’t see him go up and attack the ball in the air the way Benjamin does. He seems to let the ball come to his hands rather than going to the ball. Not saying he doesn’t work his way back to the ball. I’m strickly talking about the way he catches them. Benjamin will go up above the defenders to pull the ball out of the air and that is a very good trait to have when inside the redzone.

  • dkoy85

    I agree with Cosell. For me it’s always been Benjamin. I hear a lot of people saying they’re pretty much the same player but Evans runs better routes and is faster but I disagree about them being the same player. To me they are night and day different but for one reason or another theyre lumped together because of their size. For me I think what Benjamin is able to do is more special than what Evans can, and what Benjamin does will work a lot better on the Steelers, and that is high point the ball and is able run different routes than a quick slant, 9, or screen pass.

    I’ve been in debates with people saying Evans high points the ball but after all the film I’ve watched on him I have yet to see him truly high point the ball… sure he jumps but his hands are never higher than his head. Also, I can’t get over how much more athletic Benjamin looks than Evans… Benjamin just seems to have more body control on and off the ground which is why I think he can stretch out and make those plays while Evans cant. I dont have access to the 22 films so I can’t really comment too much on route running ability but if I had to guess I’d say Benjamin is probably better at that too. IMO Evans benefited from having a good QB not the other way around. Should be interesting to read the responses to what I said.

  • dkoy85

    Agreed. That comes down to athletic ability and body control. Evans doesn’t do it because he isn’t as athletic as Benjamin.

  • StarSpangledSteeler


    You made a good point earlier that (at least as far as fans go) Kelvin Benjamin is probably the most polarizing prospect in the draft. People either absolutely love him or absolutely hate him. There’s not much middle ground.

    I happen to be on the love side of the fence. And a lot of that is due to the eye ball test. Like Cosell said, 40 times do not tell the whole story, you have to look at the way a guy moves. Hines Ward and Heath Miller were never fast. But they moved well on the football field. Benjamin moves well too. Not just running but body control and ability to track the ball.

  • Doug Sawyer

    yes but I’m the crazy person obsessed Benjamin…LOL…I won’t harp on this too much more Pittsburgh should take him at #15

  • Doug Sawyer

    he says it perfectly teams draft dimensions

  • Doug Sawyer

    I’m right here with you

  • Brian Miller

    I would LOVE for us to have the option in the draft to take either guy!! Then we would really know who the FO prefers…not going to happen though IMO.

  • Aric Brown

    I like the Vincent Jackson comparison

  • SFIC

    And what if both are on the board and we don’t take either? Don’t be surprised….

  • Lewis

    Exactly my thoughts. Benjamin looks A LOT like Jeffery in build and how he moves…although Alshon has proven to have incredible hands.

  • Lewis

    I saw this, but what I also saw was clear separation from the coverage with Evans. Evans has been able to let the ball come to him because he doesn’t have to reach over the defense. Whereas one of my biggest knocks on Benjamin is that he doesn’t break free from defenders. Of course his size has benefited him in that situation, but at the same time it would be nice to see him not have to work so hard for the ball.

  • Brian Miller

    I really don’t have a clue who they will take…i just want there to be some quality choices, which i believe there will be, and I want us to make a good decision. I leave that to the FO.

  • Jason White

    That kinda makes my argument for me. Like I said Benjamin is the better redzone weapon. Evans might get better separation with his speed but that don’t do him any good when its 3rd and goal from the 5. Down there its better to have a guy who can make those jumping catches. Mike Evans hasn’t shown me that like Benjamin has. I’m not saying Evans isn’t a good player. I’m just saying Benjamin is the better redzone receiver and that’s what the Steelers need the most is a guy who can be a dominant inside the 20 and the 10.

  • SFIC

    I agree. I’ve religiously followed the Steelers draft for years and we typically would know by now the two or three players they’re high on. This year? I don’t have a clue. That said, i trust the staff to take the player THEY feel is the BPA. Always have. Always will. 🙂

  • shawn

    no question Benjamin is more athletic and quicker … much more upside than Evans … i think Evans will be very avg and under perform in pros !

  • shawn

    I think u are right on … but its funny how split everyone is on these 2 and how we all see it differently …

  • shawn

    I couldn’t AGREE with you more … you are spot on with everything u said … i dont think they are even close … from what i saw of Evans I just dont see that transferring well to the pros … he’s not Athletic, aggressive or dominant for as big as he is … While Benjamin is exactly all those things … people make WAY TOO much on his dropped balls … after looking at the tape only about 5-6 were straight bad drops, and i could surely live with that if he produces double digit TDs

  • shawn

    i like your comment about the EYE BALL TEST … thats usually how i evaluate players … Evans just doesnt pass my test !

  • dkoy85

    Plus theres an immaturity or an attitude to Evans I cant seem to get over. Seems like a premadonna. Time will tell I guess.

  • steelster

    Watch cody latimer’s highlights. He passes the eye ball test.

  • shawn

    i think that goes hand in hand with playing with johnny football … just watched “Draft Day” and a prominent theme in the movie which we understate on these boards is the character of the players off the field … so important and we usually have no clue as to who they are most of the time !

  • Milliken Steeler

    Agreed. I like Janis right there in the 4th also though.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Benjamin won’t even go in the first round, not when there are so many good receivers and they are 3 years younger than him. Old, slow and lazy won’t cut it.

  • cp72

    No worries Doug. You and I are both obsessed with Benjamin. I think Dave is too.

  • cp72

    I went to IU so I unfortunately have to watch them get pummeled week in and week out.

    Latimer is a good player. I think ever bit as good as Allen Robinson.

  • cp72

    Uh…Benjamin had the heisman trophy winner for a quarterback. The year before he played with a quarterback that was drafted in the first round, so I would say he played with some decent quarterbacks too.

    The biggest advantage Evans had is he played on an offense that he was the number 1 option in the passing game. Benjamin numbers would have been inflated if he didn’t play in an offense that will have 4 skill guys that will play on Sundays to share the ball with.

  • He is nuts, same person that said Christian Ponder would be a good QB. Still waiting on that.

  • lol Manziel!Thanks for the laugh