The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
For our third Miami Hurricane to make our draft profiles, we look at wide receiver Travis Benjamin. The 5'9" and 172 lbs. wide receiver ran a 4.36, 40-yard dash time and tied for tops in the group for the 2012 NFL Combine. His Senior season he amassed 41 receptions for 609 yards and 3 touchdowns, and became only the 6th player in Hurricane history to have over 2,000 career receiving yards.
Once again we enlist our good friend, The Seventh Floor, a blog dedicated to the Miami Hurricanes, they sat down with us to give us a better insight on the speedster Benjamin.
Can you give us some background on Benjamin?
Travis was one of the bigger names in the touted class of 2008 that included names like Marcus Forston, Jacory Harris, and Sean Spence. He is from the Bell Glade area, and came in showing impressive speed. He was a bit on the smaller side, but his speed is what set him apart from a lot of other guys.
I see he is a speed wide receiver. Is Benjamin anything like he showed at the Combine this past weekend?
The short answer is yes, yes, and yes. He is a very capable wideout, but because of his size and skill set, he is best served on the outside, running deep routes. He isn't likely to go over the middle due to his size, and while he can be a short possession guy, it doesn't suit him well.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
Speed is this guy's forte, and while he is a very capable receiver, his speed tends to cover up some of his weaknesses. His hands can be a bit flaky at times, as well as his attention to detail. He showed this against OSU a few years ago, where he had numerous drops, missed blocks, and cause at least 2 of Jacory's 4 interceptions by not seeing the ball into his hands. His frame also limits him to a big play receiver, as he is not prone to do things in the middle of the field. However, his quickness demands attention, and allows the offense to spread the field wide open.
How is he as an actual wide receiver? He seemed to be Jacory Harris' favorite target.
He was Jacory's favorite target, or one of them, for a few reasons. Their relationship may have been molded more out of Jacory's shortcomings as a passer than anything else. Benjamin's deep route ability allowed Jacory to concentrate on getting the ball to one guy, and he was pretty good at the deep ball. He shows decent hands, and a great ability to go up and get the ball when its in the air, as well as good foot work when it came to staying in bounds.
How do you see Benjamin at the next level?
Due to his size and his obvious speed ability, he will likely see a lot of time at returner. He did this while at Miami as well, and was always a threat to return a punt or kick for a touchdown. While he won't likely be to the level of Devin Hester, his speed cannot be denied. He has the potential to be a great option at wideout as well, although he will have to expand his playbook a bit from the deep post and corner routes we are used to seeing out of him. His 40 time at the combine all but assured that some team will draft him, although it will likely be in the middle rounds.
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