Photo of Jelani Jenkins
Drafted By: Dolphins
  • Round 4
  • Pick 7
  • Overall 104

Combine Results

65.0 ?
  • 27 REPS
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I think this kid's going to make a living on special teams. You earn an opportunity for playing time as the season and the years progress." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 243LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


As five-star outside linebacker recruit, Jenkins was first-team all-state in Maryland. Highly sought after, Jenkins chose Florida over Notre Dame, Penn State, USC and Stanford. Jenkins was named the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year in both 2007 and 2008. As a senior, he traveled to Los Angeles as one of five national finalists for the Watkins Award, awarded annually to the “Premier African-American Male Scholar Athlete”.

Jenkins took a redshirt in his first year in 2009, as he only appeared in two games and made just two tackles. In 2010, Jenkins appeared in all 13 games, and registered 11 starts. He spent time at middle linebacker and weak-side linebacker. On the season, he totaled 76 tackles (4.5 for loss), two sacks, and one interception. In 2011, Jenkins started 12 games (he missed one due to injury). He recorded 75 tackles (6 for loss), two sacks, six pass breakups, and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Jenkins dealt with injuries his redshirt junior season, which limited him to just nine games. His medical issues included a lingering tweaked hamstring, and surgeries on his right foot and hand. Jenkins had 29 tackles (5 for loss), two sacks, one interception, and one punt block.



Showcases good speed, moves well from sideline to sideline. Good burst. Athletic. Works well in pursit, able to track ball carriers and then make tackles. Possessing good blitzing ability. Best trait is his ability to cover. Can run with backs and tight ends. Easily flips hips, and turns his head to find the football.


Does not possess ideal size or length. Not very strong at the point. Will get latched onto blockers when the get inside his frame. Needs to use his hands better and be more aggressive in shedding blocks. Medical concerns.

NFL Comparison

Nick Roach

Bottom Line

When healthy, Jenkins is a dynamic athlete who possesses great value with his ability to cover. However, he's had a hard time staying healthy, and struggles when run at.
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.