NFL Draft Prospect Profile: John Jenkins, DL Georgia
Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: DL John Jenkins
John Jenkins, DL Georgia
6-4, 346 pounds
Hometown: Meriden, CT
Bench: 30 reps
News and Notes:
Weight fluctuated between 336 and 376 pounds at Georgia. … He says he’s now educated on how to keep his weight down and weight will not be an issue in the NFL. … Body type screams nose tackle, but he played several positions on the D-line at Georgia. … Totaled 78 tackles and four sacks over four years at Georgia. … Credited with 14 QB pressures in two seasons, a lot for a guy his size. … Compares to B.J. Raji, both in his body type and tendency to get wiped out by double teams.
What they’re saying about him:
- NFL.com: “Jenkins is a massive junior college transfer with great upside as a run-stuffer, but is limited to being a nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme because of his lack of quickness. His impressive size and strength will likely make him coveted, but needs to improve his balance and pad-level.”
- Doug Farrar: ”Will dance through trash in tight spaces and keeps the effort toward the ballcarrier even after he’s blocked out of a play. Comes off the snap with good intensity and gets into “fighting stance” quickly. Can play well enough in multiple gaps, though he’s ideally an interior defender at the NFL level. Played some end at Georgia and did it well enough for it to be a part of his NFL palette.”
- Size immediately stands out, even before the film starts rolling. I have visions of a marketing campaign featuring Raji, Jenkins, Ryan Pickett and a cameo from Gilbert Brown.
- Very quick in space. When he’s chasing down a play, I can’t believe how fast he is for his size.
- Not as quick off the ball as I’d thought he’d be, especially when double-teamed. At times, it seems like he senses the double team before the snap and gets tentative.
- Seems to get chopped down fairly often. Some scouting reports said all of his mass is in his upper body, making him easy to cut-block.
- Really hard to move when blocking one-on-one. Just his sheer size makes it necessary to double-team him.
- Showed some burst pass rushing inside, escially when getting leverage with his initial move.
- I don’t see Jenkins as a 3-4 DE at all. To me, he’s stricly a nose tackle. Yes, he played some DE at Georgia, but I’m not sure if it would translate to the NFL. He seems to be best lining up over the center.
- If an NFL team can get Jenkins stronger and teach him how to fight with his hands to escape double teams, he’ll be dangerous.
If drafted by the Packers
I see Jenkins as a player who will take two or three years to develop. But if he’s still there at the end of the first round, he might be too big to pass up.
Ryan Pickett will need to be replaced in the very near future (maybe Raji as well), and Jenkins seems like he could be the guy to do it. I know I’ve written often about the need for the Packers to get more multi-dimensional defensive linemen — the phrase “occupy blockers” makes me want to pull my hair out — but how many dimensions do you need when you’re 350 pounds?
My main worry about Jenkins is that he could be a softer version of Raji, and Raji isn’t exactly known for his stoutness. Like Raji, Jenkins has some trouble getting wiped out by double teams. But unlike Raji, effort doesn’t appear to be an issue with Jenkins. With some coaching and strength training, I can see Jenkins using his hands better to fight those double teams and not end up on the ground so often.
If everything goes right for Jenkins, he could be another Red Bryant, but it’s far more likely that he’s the next Ryan Pickett. If Jenkins flops, it’s probably going to be because he spent too much time at the dinner table and not enough in the weight room.——————