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2013 NFL Draft: Jelani Jenkins - LB - Florida

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Jenkins always seemed to make plays for the Gators when he actually played.  He was a violent tackler.  He's small though.  Dont see how he'd fit the Jets scheme.  Solid player though.  Great speed, can rush the passer, cover and play the run decently...but he's got some questionable character/work ethic questions with him.


I'd say the odds are low of him being an impact player in the NFL.  Maybe a depth guy if he can learn how to contribute on specials. 

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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

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