Gary Jennings

West Virginia
WR

Prospect Info

College
West Virginia
Hometown
Class
Stafford, VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
214 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.46
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Seattle
Seahawks
Round 4 ‧ Pick 18
40 Yard Dash
4.42u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
127.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.32
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.15
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Jennings' role with the Mountaineers has grown throughout his career in Morgantown. He played in 13 games as a reserve receiver (7-116-16.6, one TD) and served as the team's top punt returner (13-69-5.3; also 5-117-23.4 kick returns) his freshman year. Jennings started once at receiver in 2016 (10-165-16.5, two TD in 13 games) but was still primarily a punt returner (21-39-1.9). A spot opened up as a starting receiver in 2017, and Jennings took full advantage, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors and winning the team's Offensive Player of the Year award. He ranked fourth in the country with 97 receptions, which covered 1,096 yards, and scored once. Jennings' numbers were down in 2018 (54-917-17.0, 13 TD in 11 games, eight starts), partially because he fought a high ankle sprain the second half of the season. He was still productive enough to earn honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades. Jennings sat out the team's bowl game to rest his ankle and prepare for the draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
Overview
Possession receiver with impressive combination of size, speed and contested catch toughness. Jennings was one of the fastest players at the Senior Bowl, according to Zebra Technology tracking, and his 4.42 combine time and huge numbers in explosive testing are sure to push him up draft boards. He needs to play faster and sharpen his routes to become more than a traits-based backup.
Strengths
  • Reliable as possession target
  • Presentable target as zone-beater in space
  • Supple and sudden hands with good catch strength
  • Shields defenders from the ball
  • Above-average focus and play strength to finish contested catches
  • Able to play through physical coverage
  • Runs with toughness to pull drag-down tacklers with him
Weaknesses
  • Early speed into routes is non-threatening
  • Unable to accelerate past press on outside release
  • Gradual into turns and breaks with below-average burst coming out
  • Lacking suddenness to uncover in tight quarters
  • Runs into uncatchable positions rather than adjusting route
  • Lacks wiggle and burst to elude and bolt after catch
  • Chunk plays created by scheme

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league