Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) catches a touchdown with 13 seconds left in front of Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

'Noles Gone Pro: Replacing Benjamin

Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) takes a breath after catching the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 37-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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How do you replace a 6′ 6″ receiver with the ability to take over and dominate at any point in the game? Well, the answer isn’t very simple. Kelvin Benjamin may be one of the most difficult players for the national champs to replace, as shown by being the first ‘Nole selected in the NFL Draft.

While he was inconsistent, Benjamin will always be known for his ability to embarrass a defense, as he did in the UF and Duke games. His height and size made it nearly impossible for defenders to cover him.

One way to replace a physical speciman such as Benjamin is to replace him with another tall, big receiver. Enter Isaiah Jones, an upcoming sophomore who had a coming-out party during the 2014 Garnet and Gold Spring Game, snagging 5 catches for 81 yards.

Jones was very physical with the ball in his hands, as Seminole defenders had a hard time bringing him down after he caught the ball. Jones may not be the next Kelvin Benjamin, but he may not have to be with an offense that returns so much talent.

Incoming freshman Ermon Lane will also have a say in becoming the next big, physical receiver. He doesn’t arrive on campus until June, but he dominated at the high school level, often demanding defenses to double-team him.

However, given that Jones has more experience and knows the playbook, he is the front-runner to replace Kelvin Benjamin.

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