Kelvin Benjamin Tanked His 40-Yard Time To 'Play For Panthers'
Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin admitted he tanked his 40-yard time during the NFL combine in order to land with a competitive team. Benjamin told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he ran slower “because I wanted to play for the Carolina Panthers.”
Thirty-five receivers posted a better 40-time than Benjamin, who ran a 4.61 at the combine. Just for perspective, the fastest receiver at the combine was Brandon Cooks, who was clocked at 4.33 seconds.
On one hand, Benjamin won a national championship with FSU and was highly touted as one of the top receivers in college, so it’s not like he needed to have an impressive combine to drastically improve his stock. His stock was going to be high regardless, so he tanked to fall back a few spots to a team that made the postseason in 2013.
On the other hand, he could totally be full of shit here. The top receiver in the draft, Sammy Watkins, signed a four-year deal worth nearly $20 million. Cooks, who ran the fast 40-time, signed a four-year deal worth $8.4 million. Benjamin was the fifth receiver taken in this year's draft and got a four-year, $7.66 million contract. Bottom line: Why would he manipulate his draft status and purposely lose out on anywhere between $2-12 million?
Either way, this could be a trend we see from now on. Will West Virginia’s Kevin White or Alabama’s Amari Cooper do the same next combine?
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