Kelvin Benjamin reveals he purposely ran slow to play for Carolina Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin is a star for the Panthers (©GettyImages)

Kelvin Benjamin has had an incredible start to his NFL career that sees him on pace to break 1000 yards in his rookie season. 

But if you had seen Benjamin at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis earlier in the year, you would have left wondering just why the former Florida State star was such a highly rated prospect.

Subterfuge

That's because the wide receiver purposely performed poorly in an attempt to make sure that he landed with the Carolina Panthers, where he is now the number one target for Cam Newton.

Benjamin slipped to No. 28 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft after running a sluggish 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. A grand total of 35 other hopefuls ran quicker than that at the Combine.

To hear the Panthers rookie tell it, the slow time was no accident. "Because I wanted to play for the Carolina Panthers," Benjamin said this week, via ESPN.com's David Newton.

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Benjamin got his wish on draft night in New York. The Panthers selected the 6-foot-5, 240-pound receiver with the 28th pick overall and he has been beating veteran defensive backs at the point of the catch using that impressive physique, notably with an insane 51-yard catch over All Pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas this past Sunday.

Whether he has that dynamic speed or not, the 23-year old's heroics have already captured the attention of one the most athletically impressive sportsmen in the world today.

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