Jenkins started out last season slowly. He drew extra blocking coming off his stellar 2010 season, but that helped defensive end Bjoern Werner have a breakout year. Jenkins didn’t play well against Oklahoma, but he bounced back against Clemson with a sack and a number of pressures on quarterback Tajh Boyd. Jenkins has 39 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss and seven sacks in 2011. He played better down the stretch as he adjusted to the double teams and also drew more one-on-one blocking. Jenkins’s strength is his pass rushing. He hasn’t been a real standout as a run defender.
2012 Season Outlook: Jenkins has a lot of experience, and good talent around him. As a result, there is no reason to think that he won’t have a good senior season. Jenkins has the capacity to explode for multiple sacks in any contest. His athletic ability is enough of a mismatch for him to record at least seven sacks and probably will approach double-digit sacks, if not record 10-plus.
Skill-Set Summary: Jenkins is a speed-edge rusher coming around the corner who has a nice repertoire of moves to throw at offensive tackles. He is an excellent athlete and could fit well in a NFL 3-4 defense as an edge rusher. The biggest negative about Jenkins is that he could be more physical at times. It would be better if he added more muscle to hold his ground at the point of attack in the ground game.
2013 Draft Expectations: Jenkins is viewed as a first- or second-round pick entering the 2012 season. Currently, he should interest 3-4 defenses. If Jenkins adds power and bulk, he would be a better fit for the 4-3. If Jenkins produces a double-digit sack season, he should go in the top 32 and he will have produced over 30 sacks in the past three years.
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