That was the overwhelming choice of the voters in our Sound-Off Saturday question on which player you would like to see the Seahawks draft on May 8th.
He’s a great player who certainly could help the team. Only one problem. You folks were a bit optimistic. The odds probably are less than 50/50 Benjamin still will be on the board when the Seahawks get their turn at the end of the first round.
Look, I’m with you. If he’s there, Benjamin is a strong big, a wide receiver in a tight end’s body at 6-5, 245 pounds. But ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has Benjamin going six spots earlier to the Cleveland Browns. Carolina or Denver also could be interested in taking Benjamin before Seattle picks.
But this is a deep draft for receiver talent, so maybe you’re right and the Seahawks will get lucky and have Benjamin fall to them.
Benjamin received more than twice as many votes as anyone else in the survey, garnering 28 percent of the vote. But 26 players received a vote among those of you who participated.
The No. 2 selection on the list went to the local hero -- tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins of the Washington Huskies.
ASJ is a rare talent at 6-6, 260 pounds with excellent hands and speed. But he’s not a likely choice for Seattle since the Seahawks got tight end Zach Miller to restructure his contract on Saturday afternoon after some of you already had voted.
Seferian-Jenkins received 12 percent of the vote. Third on our survey was UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, who happens to be my choice for the Seahawks. He probably will be available when Seattle picks and could step in immediately and fill a need for the team. Su’a-Filo received 9 percent of the vote.
Only one vote behind Su’a-Filo was Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, another big receiver at 6-3, 205 and a player who likely will be available when Seattle picks.
Almost half the voters (49 percent) picked a receiver, probably in response to the team losing Golden Tate to the Detroit Lions. Other receivers who got votes were Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks (not likely to be there when Seattle picks), Penn State’s Allen Robinson, Southern Cal’s Marqise Lee, Fresno State’s Davante Adams, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans.
The Evans voter realized that would require the Seahawks making a deal to move up in the draft, one of two voters who suggested the Seahawks move up. Six voters suggested the Seahawks move down and get back the third-round choice they lost in the Percy Harvin deal last year.
A couple of you made some eyebrow-raising decisions, like one gentlemen who suggested the Seahawks should trade Russell Wilson and draft quarterback Teddy Bridgewater because Bridgewater is bigger, stronger faster.
Yeah, that’ll happen. And the Astros will win the World Series this season.
One voter said the Seahawks should select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, “Just to force him to be benched for four years to learn some humility.”
Not happening, but we get your point.
So Kelvin Benjamin tops your wish list for the Seahawks, and it’s a big wish to hope he lasts that long.