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Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin is a projected first round pick - but this will have done his NFL draft prospects no good.

According to NFL draft guru Gil Brandt, Benjamin cancelled a workout with an NFL coach because he was "too tired".

As Brandt Tweeted: "Kelvin Benjamin 30th in my new rankings. Was told KB recently blew off workout w/ NFL coach who had made special trip, said he was too tired."

Although there are a number of receivers ranked higher than Benjamin on draft boards, the Florida State stand-out is still expected to go towards the end of the first round.

Brandt later said that Eugene Parker, Benjamin's agent, contacted him to inform him that Benjamin didn't blow off the workout with an NFL coach.

Brandt said: "Eugene Parker, Kelvin Benjamin's agent, told me KB never blew off workout w NFL coach. I told him I'm sticking w/ story from my source."

The CBS Sports mock draft has him going either 27th to the New Orleans Saints or 32nd to the Seattle Seahawks.

The big-bodied receiver has a question mark over his ability to concentrate through the catch, as he had a drop rate of close to nine per cent last season.

But his physical tools are obvious - at 6-ft-5-in and 240lb, Benjamin is one of the most dominant and imposing receivers available this May.

A BCS National Champion with Florida State last season, the 23-year-old caught the game-winning pass with 13 seconds left against Auburn to seal the win.

In 2013 he had 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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