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Drafted By: Redskins

Combine Results

Grade
82.9 ?
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is a guy that at this point in the draft is value. Heavy production in the SEC as a pass-rush specialist. When you get in the sub package, this is a guy you can move around a little bit. He can really help you." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 251LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

The Seminoles didn’t have to spend much travel money to recruit Jenkins; he grew up in Tallahassee and attended Florida State University High School (known as Florida High). His 44 sacks in three seasons, 20 as a senior, earned many high rankings from recruiting services but he made up his mind early to play for the team for which he grew up cheering. Another strong season could also help him climb up a FSU career sack list filled with former NFL players like Peter Boulware, Jamal Reynolds, Andre Wadsworth, and Reinard Wilson (whose 35.5 sacks ranks first).

Jenkins was the team’s only early enrollee in January 2009, and his participation in spring practices eliminated the need to redshirt in the fall; he played in 12 games, making 12 tackles, three for loss. He formally announced his arrival to college football in a first-team All-ACC sophomore campaign, ranking fourth in the FBS with 21.5 tackles for loss and third with 13.5 sacks (he had five games with multiple sacks). Though those numbers dipped in 2011, Jenkins still led the Seminoles with 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks (four in his last five games) on his way to second-team All-ACC honors. He received feedback from the league’s draft advisory committee that he would be no lower than a second-round pick last January.

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses very good initial quickness, eats up grass with long strides, and has the flexibility to turn the corner as a pass rusher. Has length and upper-body strength to rip off blocks and throw quarterbacks and running backs to the ground. Also displays the power to get lesser linemen on their heels. Not contact-shy playing the run, will stick his shoulder to keep leverage against single blocker and double teams to hold the line.

Weaknesses

Suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot in 2012 opener, could redshirt. Pops up out of his stance off the snap, losing his momentum as an edge rusher. Hustle to chase plays is inconsistent. Change of direction skills are only adequate, fails to prevent backs from getting the sideline on plays to his size and break down when one-on-one in space against NFL-caliber ball-carriers. Owns a spin move but relies on outside rush too often, allowing tackles to take him out of plays.

NFL Comparison

Nick Perry

Bottom Line

The next Florida State pass rusher to head to the NFL saw a drop in production in 2011 (eight sacks, down from 13.5 in 2010), and then suffered a Lisfranc injury in the Seminoles' 2012 opener. Jenkins has a redshirt year available, but the injury occurred early enough that he might hold off until doctors can determine if he would be ready to work out for scouts at the Combine. A strong workout and positive medical reports could make him a bargain for an NFL team trying to find a pass rusher (4-3 end or 3-4 linebacker) in the second round of the 2013 draft.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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