Originally posted on DraftAce  |  Last updated 5/14/12

Many felt the Cleveland Browns reached to fill their need for a receiver when they selected Travis Benjamin with the 100th overall selection, but the Browns coaching staff has liked what they’ve seen from Benjamin so far.

Pat Shurmur stated that Benjamin will have an opportunity to compete for a starting job, likely challenging Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs for the job opposite Greg Little.

Expecting Benjamin to start may be overly optimistic, but what he does bring to the table is pure speed. Benjamin is the only legitimate deep threat on the Browns current roster, and could be used in a similar role to the one the Ravens used for rookie Torrey Smith in 2011. The combination of Benjamin and Brandon Weeden should allow the Browns to take more shots down the field than in previous seasons.

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