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Kelvin Benjamin says he flunked his forty at the combine on purpose

Today, Kelvin Benjamin the Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver told, that he purposely ran a slow 40 time at the NFL Combine in February “Because I wanted to play for the Carolina Panthers.”

Benjamin was the fifth wide receiver taken in May’s NFL Draft. At 28th overall, Benjamin was selected behind Brandin Cooks (20th overall pick), Odell Beckham Jr. (12th), Mike Evans (7th) and Sammy Watkins (4th).

I don’t understand why a person would do that unless he really did not want to play for a certain team. Benjamin ran a 4.61, which if true will make you wonder if another player does this next year? Imagine if the Raiders have the first pick, would you
run slower? I might……

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