Jalen Jelks

Oregon
EDGE
DL42

Prospect Info

College
Oregon
Hometown
Class
Phoenix, Ariz.
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
256 lbs
34 5/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.53
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.92
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
113.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.22
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.59
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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The Phoenix native contributed as a redshirt freshman in 2015, making nine tackles with three sacks in 11 games as a reserve. As a sophomore, he showed flashes with 31 tackles, four for loss, and two sacks in eight games in a reserve role. He flourished in his junior year, garnering second-team All-Pac-12 honors and being voted the Ducks' Defensive Line MVP by leading the team with 15 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks (he also had 59 tackles and seven pass breakups). He wrapped up that season with nine tackles against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl. He played well enough as a senior (57 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks in 12 starts) that league coaches voted him first-team all-conference.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Long-limbed edge worker who might be best suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker unless he can add much needed strength and mass. As a junior interior defender, Jelks was often physically outmatched, but he showed the tenacity and talent to still be productive and disruptive. Some teams will struggle with where he fits from a position standpoint, but he could challenge for reps early in his career as a designated pass rusher along the interior in sub-packages.
Strengths
  • Extremely active and surprisingly physical at point of attack despite lack of mass
  • Time spent as interior linemen helped him develop toughness and skill with hand-to-hand combat
  • Toolsy as a pass rusher with a variety of approaches waiting to be developed
  • Possesses lateral twitch and quickness to challenge from edge to edge
  • Optimal ankle flexion for tight cornering around the rush arc
  • Flashes potential to use his length as weapon of victory in pursuit of quarterback
  • Bends and strikes with quick one- or two-armed attack into blocker's frame to create a leveraged bull-rush option
  • Hits unsuspecting tackles with outside/in speed-to-power challenge
  • Can get skinny to flip around the edge as reduced rusher and shows some violence in initial hand work
  • Very rangy in his pursuit with ability to capture targets outside the pocket
  • Fluid and athletic to make plays on the move
Weaknesses
  • Long, thin frame in desperate need of doubling up on leg days at the gym
  • Has mindset of a big man, but lack of mass won't allow him to withstand power right at him
  • Lack of sand causes struggles with fighting back against wash-down blocks on the move
  • Needs more work and experience on the edge
  • Trapped by reach blocks and loses contain too often
  • Needs early arm extension and lock-out or arms collapse when trying to press tackles off of him
  • Inconsistent holding ground and setting edge against feisty tight ends
  • Lacks functional strength to shed run blockers and unglue from initial punch as pass rusher
  • Instincts and awareness as run defender are below par

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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