John Jenkins DT Georgia #6
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Size/Athleticism: Elite size and strength. A prototypical nose tackle. Much quicker than your typical 350 pound nose tackle. He’s a threat to get into the backfield and make some plays.
Run Defense: Has the size to be a space-eater and take on multiple blockers. Needs to improve his focus on the field. Doesn’t always see the direction of the play and doesn’t always take the right angles in pursuit.
Pass Rush: Quick off the snap. Very active hands when engaged with offensive linemen. Quicker than you’d expect for a guy his size. He’s more than just a space eater and can collapse the pocket as a pass-rusher. Made a few great plays against Chance Warmack in 2012 SEC Championship Game, walking him back into the backfield before shedding the blocking and making a play. When he gets stopped, it’s generally because he’s playing too upright and gets stood up and loses his leverage.
Versatility: A true nose tackle in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. Potentially has the athleticism to play end in a 3-4 scheme for certain teams who prefer size over athleticism at the position.
Intangibles: JUCO transfer. Suspended by team from bowl game in 2013 due to academic issue.
Durability: Suffered hamstring injury in 2011. Suffered from heat exhaustion during a practice in 2011.
Comments: Jenkins can immediately step into a starting role at nose tackle. He played in the 3-4 scheme at Georgia with experience at end and tackle, so he’s ready to immediately step into that role. He reminds me of B.J. Raji. Jenkins isn’t quite as consistent, but flashes the elite size/athleticism combo in bursts. If he’s used as part of a rotation he could be extremely effective.