CBS Sports- The Panthers rookie wide receiver told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he purposely ran a slow 40 time at the NFL Combine in February "Because I wanted to play for the Carolina Panthers."
What a happy ending. Kelvin Benjamin just risking his future and monetary potential for a chance to play with Cam Newton. The real question is, if Kelvin Benjamin can really see the future, how come he didn't choose to go to a better team than Carolina? I can think of at least a dozen quarterbacks I would rather be catching passes from than Cam Newton.
What a talented individual Benjamin is. As difficult as it is to run a 4.41 forty, it is that much more difficult to intentionally drop your time by exactly .2. If teams knew he had that kind of potential he probably would have went first overall. You can just give Kelvin a time and he will run it to the tenth of the second. Pretty specific of him to know that Carolina had their heart set on a 4.61 wide receiver. No chance any other team would have wasted a draft pick on a player that 'slow'. No chance Carolina would have decided to go a different direction when Benjamin's time was slower than expected.
The ending becomes a tad less happy she you realize this means that either Benjamin, the Panthers, or a combination of the two tampered with the draft process. It's either that, or Benjamin is just a liar. I mean, If I knew I had the potential to be the fastest person in the draft and ended up 5th I would probably say I tanked it too. It's the classic 'I let you win' situation. Yeah, okay bud. Sure you risked your first round draft status and the corresponding paycheck to solidify yourself as a Carolina Panther. We totally believe you. It's obviously impossible to get on the team of your choice without fixing the combine, Eli Manning told me.
Committed to the cause. Look at Kelvin getting that draft stock down….
P.S. I heard through the grapevine that Brandin Cooks can run a 3.8 forty, but tanked it down to a 4.33 to play in NOLA. At least that makes sense, who wouldn't cheat to play with Drew? Look, he's barely even moving his legs...
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