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NFL Draft results 2014: Kelvin Benjamin headed for Panthers at No. 28

Kelvin Benjamin was instrumental in Florida State's win over Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game. Now he could become a key red zone target for the Panthers after being selected No. 28 overall.

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Fresh off a national championship run with Florida State, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is now celebrating his selection in the NFL Draft. The Carolina Panthers have scooped up the big-bodied wideout with the No. 28 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Benjamin was ranked No. 46 on SB Nation's top 200 big board prior to the draft. That made him the seventh-ranked wide receiver behind Brandin Cooks and Sammy Watkins.

James Dator acknowledges the risk that comes with the selection of Benjamin, but the upside presents just what the Panthers needed:

Benjamin is a raw but fascinating player who has unmatched size in this draft. At 6'5, 240 lbs he immediately offers Cam Newton a huge target in the end zone, as well as a mismatch nightmare for opposing corners. This selection is a risk, a gamble -- one that could be damaging but also an absolute steal if he can be coached up.

Benjamin was instrumental to Florida State's success in 2013. Just a sophomore in eligibility, he had 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns, the most important of which was a game-winner with 13 seconds left in the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn.

While he lacks ideal straightaway speed, Benjamin makes up for it with size and range. Here's SB Nation's Stephen White:

Now that lack of initial speed probably does means that Benjamin will never be great for a smoke screen… or a reverse/end-around guy, but who cares when he will be able to get open downfield on chunk plays from day one?

He will instantly improve his team's red-zone production with his ability to beat one-on-one coverage with his size and height and his ability to block in the run game.

Combine results

Height: 6'5

Weight: 240 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds

Bench press: 13 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical jump: 32 1/2 inches

Broad jump: 9'11 (119 inches)

20-yard shuttle: 4.39 seconds

3-cone drill: 7.33 seconds

Benjamin is most impressive as a red zone threat due to his size and physicality. While a 4.61 40-yard dash isn't going to break any records, a man of his size running that fast definitely turned some heads. He was impressive during drills, as well.