Since Brandt tweeted this, Benjamin's agent Eugene Parker has contested the report, but Brandt says he trusts his source and is sticking by the story. (NFL, April 10)
Did the "special trip" come in conjunction with the FSU Pro Day? If that was the case then there were about five NFL coaches there, with names like Chip Kelly (Eagles), Mike Tomlin (Steelers), Jim Caldwell (Lions) and even Jets head coach Rex Ryan among the attendees. (NFL, April 10)
At this point, the smokescreens heading into the NFL Draft will get very thick. Was this real? Was this planted? Was the private workout expected on the same day as Benjamin's Pro Day? If that was the case then it would seem a little more plausible that Benjamin would have been gassed and this is being overblown for a team with either a late first or early second round pick.
Regardless, if Benjamin in fact did blow off workouts, then there might be a chilling effect on his draft stock. Benjamin's draft stock had him flirting with the middle of the first round, but with concerns about his technique and now this rumor, Benjamin could easily drop into the second round.