Kelvin Benjamin is considered one of the most physically gifted wide receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft, but questions about his work ethic have cropped up in the months following Florida State's national championship. Earlier this week, NFL Media analyst Charles Davis called out Benjamin's weight, saying that pro personnel will be turned off by a wide receiver who weighs more than 240 pounds. Then on Thursday, NFL.com's Gil Brandt related a story of Benjamin blowing off an NFL coach for a workout.
According to NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt, when an NFL coach recently went to work Benjamin out, the wideout told the coach "he was too tired" and blew off the workout.
No one questioned Benjamin's weight or work ethic during his 2013 season with the Seminoles, during which he caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns. There were concerns before that season, however, with Benjamin himself admitting that he was "lazy" on the field in an interview with the Palm Beach Post.
McNeese State TE Nic Jacobs picking up interest
Nic Jacobs drew an impressive crowd at his pro day last Monday, according to Brandt, with the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts among the 22 teams to send representatives to scout the tight end. Per McNeese State's athletics website, Jacobs was happy with his performance, which built on an impressive showing at the NFL Combine in February. Jacobs was the sixth-fastest tight end at the Combine, running a 4.76 in the 40-yard dash to go with a 33.5-inch vertical and a 9'9 broad jump.
Jacobs is expected to be targeted on Day 3 of the draft, with measurables that suggest that he could have a solid career at the next level.
Perhaps spurred by their success with Julius Thomas, the Denver Broncos worked out Miami basketball player Erik Swoope on Thursday, according to CaneSport.com. Swoope never played football for the Hurricanes, nor was he a star player on the basketball team -- he averaged five points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season -- but his 6'5, 220-pound frame would work well if he decided to become a tight end or a bigger wide receiver. Jimmy Graham was also a Miami forward before turning to football, though he had a year of playing experience in college.
The Buffalo Bills hosted LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Thursday, according to the team's official site. Beckham is considered one of the top wide receivers in the draft and could be a nice fit with the Bills, who own the No. 9 overall pick.
Beckham's name shot up draft boards after an impressive NFL Combine, during which he recorded a 4.43 40-yard dash and a 38.5-inch vertical. His addition to the Bills would give them one of the youngest and more talented receiving corps in the league.
Darqueze Dennard lines up visits with Rams, Jets and Bengals
Darqueze Dennard has a claim as the best cornerback in his draft class (though Jason Verrett is at the top of SB Nation's rankings), and has had no trouble drawing interest from teams. The former Michigan State standout has three visits in a week's span, including his meeting with the St. Louis Rams this Thursday, according to Brandt.
The other two visits are with the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals next week, though if SB Nation's latest mock draft is any indication, neither team will get a chance at the corner. Dennard is projected to go No. 15 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jets own No. 18 and the Bengals own 24. The Rams have two first-round picks at No. 2 and No. 13.