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Travis Benjamin

Travis Benjamin - #3 - WR-PR

Height: 5-9 7/8
Weight: 172
Speed: 4.34
Arm: 31 3/4
Hand: 8 3/4
Wingspan: 76 1/2
Birthdate: 12/29/1989
Hometown: Belle Glade, FL
Grade: 5.25

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/08/2012 Miami (Fla.) Pro Day 5-10 170 8 3/4 31 1/8 77 1/8 4.17 6.96
02/29/2012 Combine 5-9 7/8 172 8 3/4 31 3/4 76 1/2 4.33 14 9'11" 38
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-9 3/4 164 8 3/4 31 3/4 4.35

 

Notes:

Has a daughter. Won a state championship and was a track standout as a Florida prep. Played in 12 games in 2008, starting five consecutive contests in the middle of the season, and caught 18 passes for 293 yards (16.3-yard average) and three touchdowns. Led the team with 22 kickoff returns for 496 yards (22.5-yard average) and 16 punt returns for 181 yards (11.3-yard average). Did not play against North Carolina State and left the previous two games with a leg injury. Played in all 13 games (two starts) in ’09, hauling in 29-501-4 (17.3). Saw limited action as a returner — 9-57-0 (6.3) on punts and 1-18-0 (18.0) on kickoffs. Was the team’s second leading receiver in ’10 after posting 43-743-3 (17.3) in 13 contests. Started the season’s first four games and the last five games. Was the team’s main punt returner with 23-106-1 (4.6), including a 79-yard touchdown against Ohio State. Grabbed 41-609-3 (14.9) and was the main returner in ’11 with 25-592-0 (23.7) on kickoff returns and 11-21-0 (11.0) on punt returns while starting 9-of-11 games at wide receiver. Was suspended by the NCAA for the season-opener for accepting impermissible benefits. Has 25 career carries for 126 yards (5.4-yard average) and one touchdown. Also ran track for the Hurricanes — broke Santana Moss’ school record in the 60 meters (6.70 seconds) and posted a 10.40 100 meters. Has eight career fumbles.

Positives:

Outstanding athletic ability. Rare timed speed. Has big-play ability. Bursts off the line and melts cushion. Can take the top off a secondary. Tracks the deep ball and pulls in difficult, over-the-shoulder grabs. Has a 38-inch vertical leap. Extends for high throws and scoops low balls. Good boundary awareness. Dangerous after the catch — explosive open-field runner. Deceptive stop-and-start quickness. Eludes the first wave as a returner. Smart, coachable and cares about the game.

Negatives:

Small-framed and slightly built — durability could be an issue. Short arms and small hands. Could stand to refine route running. Too easily knocked off course. Lets some throws into his body and has concentration drops (struggled with the gauntlet drill at the Combine, dropping three throws). Limited run strength — not a tackle breaker. Underpowered blocker. Kick-return production does not match ability.

Summary:

Diminutive, tight-skinned, thinly built, finesse, “X” receiver and kick returner with track speed. Ability to stretch the field will appeal to vertical offenses, though he will have to be used efficiently to withstand the physicality of the pro game and must prove he can secure the ball. 


Travis Benjamin's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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