Ravens First Round Scouting Report: Georgia, DT, John Jenkins
Another option for Baltimore in Round One.
6’3″, 359 lbs., Georgia
-Overwhelming size and strength
-Excellent Bull Rush
-Conditioning a concern
-Not much pass-rush production
-Will need to be a part of a rotation
Rob Rang from NFLDraftScout.com had these comments about the huge Jenkins.
“The South’s most consistently disruptive defensive lineman was also the biggest: Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins. The 6-4, 359-pound Jenkins is simply bigger, stronger and — as shocking as it sounds — quicker than virtually any other lineman on the field. His girth and long arms allow him to hold up well at the point of attack against double-teams, something he did with great effectiveness when playing inside or out as part of Georgia’s three-man front. Jenkins is proving this week in Mobile, however, that he has the athleticism to also play well in a traditional four-man front, making him a potential top-20 prospect.”
Jenkins would be a perfect fit for a 3-4 defense. He used to the system and is adept at clogging the middle to allow others to make plays. Many would agree that he made his teammate linebacker Jarvis Jones that much better getting to the quarterback due to his skills.
Jenkins showed very well at the Senior Bowl and displayed potential skills as a pass rusher due to winning battles during the one on one sessions. His bull rushes were very effective and few could contain his pressure to the backfield.
If he continues to show well at the combine then Jenkins may rise higher among a strong crop of Defensive Tackles in this season’s draft.
Matt is a lifelong Maryland resident and graduate of both Calvert Hall and Towson University. Before joining BSL, Matt worked as the Senior Site Editor for Baltimore Gridiron Report, providing commentary and analysis. He’s also written articles for Russell Street Report, and has appeared as a guest on 1370AM. Matt Co-Hosts Ravens Rap weekly with Mike Randall. Matt currently lives in Bel Air, just minutes away from his job teaching high school history and economics for Harford County Public Schools.