Kelvin Benjamin’s Agent Denies Report That His Client Recently Blew Off A Workout

If Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin did indeed recently blow off a workout with an NFL coach because he was too tired, it could affect his draft stock. His agent, however, is denying that happened.

On Thursday, Gil Brandt of NFL.com reported on Twitter that a source had told him Benjamin “blew off” a workout with an unnamed NFL coach who made a special trip to see him. A few hours later, Brandt updated that report and said Eugene Parker, Benjamin’s agent, told him that claim wasn’t true. Brandt, however, says he’s sticking with the story nonetheless.

So, does the truth lie somewhere in between, or is this just a case of a team trying to drop the stock of Benjamin with hopes that he will fall to them in the draft? We may never know for sure.

Perhaps Benjamin was advised by Parker not to partake in a scheduled workout after Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas recently suffered a torn ACL in a pre-draft workout with the New Orleans Saints and the perhaps the coach who was scheduled to see said workout felt jilted, or was informed late. That’s just speculation on my part, but I could see something like that happening.

With less than a month to go until the draft, NFL teams interested in Benjamin will have to decide whether or not the report is true and Parker would be smart to thoroughly explain what happened if anything happened at all. Of course he owes no explanation if this is just a false claim.

Parker represents several top potential draft picks and that list includes Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who many believe will be the first player at his position to be drafted next month. The well-known agent also represented former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward during his playing days.

The Steelers appear to have some level of interest in Benjamin as they were present for his Pro Day workout and took him out to dinner the night before the event. Many believe that Benjamin will be drafted somewhere in the first round next month.

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  • Euge

    Good… now he drops to us in Round 2 after taking best defensive CB/LB in the first round

  • Michael Pearce

    Wishful thinking but we could hope…

  • Jeff

    hahaha that’d be ideal

  • blackandgoldBullion

    This is really becoming hilarious. It’s like a bloody soap opera, with the idiots writing stuff, all the stupid mock drafts that get people changing their minds every day. I can just imagine these people saying “It doesn’t matter what we write, everyone comes back to read it. We get so many hits.”

    In my eyes, you have to be able to trust the player in the interview process, something we are not privy to. And you need to be a psychologist to figure out if the guy is really committed or just reciting lines that he just learned from his agent. It is interesting, but so, so overdone. I still can’t believe the people that flip with every supposed tidbit that is reported. What can you believe?

  • Toddy Bravo

    That’s right where he should be because he’s a high to mid 2nd round prospect at this point in his life. I’ve been critical of his numerous deficiencies all along, not generally, but for the Steelers at #15. IMO, that is too much of a reach for a slow receiver with poor route running and a high drop rate, but I would take him in a heartbeat in the 2nd round. At #46, the potential reward outweighs the risk.

  • Big White

    Ok, I think that officially closes the books on “Hey Kelvin Benjamin would be a great pick at #15″ conversation that’s been running wild here lately. He and Clowney will be hanging out together down in South Beach in a few years fat, stupid, and spending someone’s ridiculous signing bonus. Pass on this guy in the 2nd, the 3rd, the seventh, etc.

  • Superdriller316

    Maybe it was for a crappy team that he wouldn’t want to be drafted by, if true. It’s easier to explain to another team why something happened.

  • Weiss Chad

    I’m not even sold on him in second ..Depending who’s on the board .

  • Weiss Chad

    I would take him in third.Thats where he belongs in my eyes ,the third rd…that’s just my opinion.Im no gm but I sure do like pretending I am

  • Toddy Bravo

    lol. I’m not a big Benjamin fan either, but I think he’s worth a 2nd rd pick. The kid looks like he’s jumping about 15 feet in the air on some of those TDs, which is curious because his vertical is below average. There are shorter guys with 40+ inch verticals who should be able to get as high as Benjamin, but it doesn’t look that way to me. KB’s height and arm length allow him to get up where the air is thin. If he can improve his route running and cut down on the drops, he’s a solid pick at 46. If he could do those things now, he’d be a top 10 pick.

  • Labrat0116

    I agree. The Steelers NEED a big, large, massive, bully type WR/TE in the worst way. We got absolutely destroyed in the RedZone that past few seasons. This IMHO is a criticial need! Benjamin is not a first rounder, but 2nd yes!

  • Weiss Chad

    He may jump high but it looks to me like he goes up but brings the ball in at its lowest not highest point and he catches it w body and not hands.route running not there.if they pick him and I think there’s a good chance I will always support them and in that case I pray I’m wrong

  • Bradley Campbell

    I am perplexed, there are so many good WRs -more polished and at this point better than him. But that size and ability very intriguing. I think third round value but talent screams pick me in the second.