Plaxico Burress is now a painfully slow 36-year-old wideout nearing his NFL end. But he was once a matchup nightmare for defenses, a player who could go up and get any throw, thanks to his 6-foot-5 frame. He topped 1,000 yards four times and posted back-to-back seasons of double-digit touchdowns with the Giants. That's when he was professionally young, and Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said Wednesday that his first-round pick, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, reminds him of a "young Plaxico."
I know this comparison will initially lead to jokes related to Plaxico accidentally shooting himself in the leg, but the similarities between the two players are pretty obvious. Neither are burners, but they can high-point the ball with the best of them due to their size. Burress caught just 22 passes and zero touchdowns in 10 games as a rookie in 2000; the Panthers are counting on a lot more from Benjamin right away as they don't have much to hang their hat on at wide receiver. Benjamin will be good for a handful of scores in 2014, and it wouldn't be surprising if he was Cam Newton's lead target out wide, but he's far from a perfectly polished prospect and will have plenty of ups and downs. He's a worthwhile WR4 in 12-team leagues.