Panthers reach for a wide receiver from Florida State

Kelvin Benjamin.

Kelvin Benjamin.

The Carolina Panthers, who parted ways with Steve Smith, were in desperate need of a wide receiver and they took one with the 28th pick of the NFL draft with the selection of Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State.

Benjamin was certainly not the best player on the board and most experts had another receiver – Marqise Lee of UCLA – ahead of him on the draft board. Most prognosticators had Benjamin, who only played two seasons with the Seminoles, as a second round caliber pick.

That being said, Benjamin has tight end size (6-5, 240) and wide receiver skills, and he led the ACC in touchdown receptions. He is known for catching the game winner in the BCS Championship game last season.

His talent continues to grow and he should be a No. 1 receiver at some point.