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Mel Kiper 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Eagles Add Kelvin Benjamin

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Mel Kiper's latest 2014 NFL mock draft (Version 4.0) has been released. It goes two round deeps. Here's how Kiper seeing the draft shaking out for the Philadelphia Eagles:

Kelvin Benjamin
COLLEGE: Florida State
Class: Soph
HT: 6-5
WT: 240

I consider Benjamin a bit of a project, with his route running and consistency in need of development, but I can think of worse ideas than giving Chip Kelly the developmental keys to a player who stands a full 6-5 and at 240 pounds runs like guys 30 pounds lighter. The Eagles have Jeremy Maclin coming off a serious knee injury, and Riley Cooper remains, but minus DeSean Jackson they could use another matchup threat, and where it was speed for Jackson, it's size for Benjamin. Sometimes, there's not much you can do with him.

[BGN Draft Profile]

It's easy to be enamored by Benjamin's size. It's also easy to point to Benjamin's flaws. Despite how you feel about Benjamin, one thing is clear: the Eagles have shown some significant interest in the FSU product. The team recently brought him to Philadelphia for a pre-draft visit. They also met with him at the 2014 NFL combine and Chip Kelly personally attended FSU's pro day. Whether or not this interest is genuine is anyone's guess. Either way, at least the Eagles will be able to make an informed decision on this polarizing prospect. Significant players that the Eagles passed over in favor of this pick: Marqise Lee, Anthony Barr, Kyle Fuller.

In the second round, Kiper has the Eagles going with a defensive back.

54. Philadelphia Eagles | Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
If Attaochu was available here, I could see that fit, but the pass-rushing help beyond him sees a value drop-off at this slot and Philly instead adds some length and depth at corner with the intriguing small-college star.

Kiper has Attaochu going two picks before the Eagles to the Cardinals at No. 52. The Eagles end up with 6-1, 198 lb corner Pierre Desir. Desir is fairly athletic and actually finished with the best broad jump numbers at this year's NFL combine. He seems to fit the mold of what the Eagles like in their cornerbacks.

Here's a recap of all the mock that Mel Kiper has released this offseason. As you can see, Kiper's Benjamin pick this time around is the same pick he made in his original mock.

Mel Kiper Jr. Mock Drafts Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
1.0 [Link]
WR Kelvin Benjamin n/a n/a
2.0 [Link]
WR Odell Beckham Jr. n/a n/a
3.0 [Link]
S Calvin Pryor n/a n/a
"Grade A" [Link]
WR Marqise Lee OLB Jermiah Attaochu CB Aaron Colvin
4.0 WR Kelvin Benjamin CB Pierre Desir n/a

Here's a table of all the first round picks for Version 4.0. To read Kiper's explanation for each selection, you need to have ESPN In$ider.

Pick Team Player
1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
4 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
6 Atlanta Falcons Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans, WR, Texams A&M
8 Minnesota Vikings Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
9 Buffalo Bills Jake Matthews, OT, Texams A&M
10 Detroit Lions Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
11 Tennessee Titans Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
12 New York Giants Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
13 St. Louis Rams Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
14 Chicago Bears Aarond Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
16 Dallas Cowboys Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
17 Baltimore Ravens Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
18 New York Jets Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
19 Miami Dolphins C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
20 Arizona Cardinals Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
21 Green Bay Packers Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
22 Philadelphia Eagles Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU
23 Kansas City Chiefs Marqise Lee, WR, USC
24 Cincinnati Bengals Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
25 San Diego Chargers Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
26 Cleveland Browns Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
27 New Orleans Saints Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
28 Carolina Panthers Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
29 New England Patriots Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
30 San Francisco 49ers Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
31 Denver Broncos Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
32 Seattle Seahawks Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

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