Bucs trade up three spots with the Oakland Raiders and take WR Benn
In exchange, the Raiders received the Bucs second- and fifth-round picks, 42nd and 153rd overall.
Coach Raheem Morris attempted to recruit Benn to Kansas St. when he was on the Wildcats coaching staff in 2006.
"When you turn on the tape and watch Benn you see a guy who catches the football, and then after he catches the football, he's tough to get on the ground,'' Morris said. "You see a guy run after the catch. Fortunately, I had a lot of experience, a lot of development with Benn. My year at Kansas St., I had the ability to go out there and try to recruit the young man and he was highly recruited. You're talking about if not the No. 1, one of the top five wideouts coming out of high school that year.'
Benn led Illinois in receiving three straight seasons, but his production dropped last season as the Illini struggled at the quarterback position. He finished with 57 catches for 490 yards three touchdowns.