Buzz: Jets Eyeing Illinois Receiver?


According to reports, it looks like Jets WR coach Henry Ellard was in attendance last week at the Illinois pro day to watch early round prospect Arrelious Benn.

While Illinois may not have produced a good record last season (3-9), it still managed to develop several elite prospects. The best of those players is WR Arrelious Benn (6-foot 7/8, 218 pounds), who performed for wide receiver coaches from the Bengals, Jets, Patriots, Browns and Dolphins. Benn was put through intense position drills after the workout, running routes and catching balls for an extra hour and 15 minutes.

As for the workout, Benn had a sensational outing. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 and 4.40 seconds, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump, a 4.32-second short shuttle and a 6.79-second three-cone drill.

Last year, when the Jets had the 17th pick, the team sent Henry Ellard to scout Percy Harvin, DHB, and Jeremy Maclin among others. While he was in Urbana, we wouldn’t blame Ellard if his eye wandered to WR Jeff Cumberland – who looks to be a late round (6th or 7th round) pick that might interest the Jets.

E. Weeks wrote about Benn last month. In their most recent mocks, Kiper currently has Benn ranked 27th, and going 21st overall. McShay does not have Benn in the first round.

NOTE: If you see reports of Jets coaches / scouts at particular pro days, or of invitations the Jets made to specific players to visit or meet with the team … PLEASE send them including links in! We’re going to start our work tonight on the Mock Draft Muncher and creating a web page with all the visits set up for you to peruse between now and next month’s NFL Draft!