Four draft picks who can replace Sidney Rice


With the imminent release of Seattle Seahawks wideout Sidney Rice, the Seahawks will be looking to fill his role of the big, strong flanker. Both Percy Harvin and Golden Tate are small, quick guys, and too similar to be highly complimentary of one another on the field.

Russell Wilson needs a change of pace; a sideline, back-of-the-end-zone type of guy he can deliver passes to right on the edge, where only the receiver can get to it; a mismatch guy who can punish smaller defenders, in other words, someone he can throw jump balls to in the end zone. Fortunately, there are a lot players who can fill this need in the May NFL draft.

Here’s a list of four big wideouts from the class of 2014 who fit the description:

Kelvin Benjamin (6’5″, 240 pounds, Florida State)

Benjamin is projected to be a late first-round pick. It would be surprising if he fell to the #32 spot, but not out of the realm of possibilities. His long arms and strong hands make him a superb jump-ball receiver. Think Pittsburg Steeler Plaxico Burress. Benjamin has a burst and the strength to gain separation. The knock on this player is his sloppy route running, but they said the same thing about Golden Tate. Let Russell Wilson pull Benjamin aside a few times and run a few hundred extra pass-pattern reps (like he did with Tate), and we’ll see those routes tighten up. Benjamin is a superb blocker downfield, making him a great fit in coach Pete Carroll’s offense.

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