John Jenkins 2013 NFL Draft prospect notes

TMAPA, FL - JANUARY 02: Nose guard John Jenkins #6 of the Georgia Bulldogs intercepts a pass against the Michigan State Spartans in the Outback Bowl January 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Florida. The Spartans won 33 - 30. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

John Jenkins | 6'3, 351 pounds | Defensive tackle | Georgia

Games watched: Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, Michigan State, Florida, Georgia Tech

First word: Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins had the ups and downs expected in a player in his first year of Division I college football. The proven with Jenkins is that he's a big body nose tackle who can be hard to move off the ball. Jenkins was reportedly given good feedback by the NFL Draft advisory committee and seriously considered going pro. In 2011, Jenkins quickly overtook Kwame Geathers inside. But don't judge Jenkins by his stats last season (28 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 10 quarterback pressures). His job in Georgia's 3-4 defense is to occupy interior blockers and he does it well.


Strengths:

• Plays with an excellent motor when he's on the field. If a running play isn't stretched too wide, Jenkins is generally around the ball.

• Believe it or not, Jenkins is one of the more athletic defensive lineman on Georgia's roster. Because of that, he may not strictly be limited to playing in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL.

• Even at 351 pounds, Jenkins doesn't have a sloppy body, though he's not exactly tight skinned. At his size, Jenkins moves around nicely and gets a jump off the line of scrimmage.

• In one-on-one situations, Jenkins is hard to move around. He keeps a wide base and has a powerful upper body.

• One of Georgia's defensive MVPs in the spring, along with Jarvis Jones (his roommate).

Weaknesses:

• Due to his inexperience, Jenkins is rough around the edges in his technique and needs to polish his game. Jenkins' stock will only rise with his consistency. Size, athleticism and potential will get Jenkins drafted. Technique will keep him in the NFL.

• Has to do a better job in one-on-one situations of getting below the blocker's pads to drive them back.

• Only move against the pass is a bull rush. Doesn't have a great rip move, which he'll need to develop.

• At this point, Jenkins isn't an every down, every series player. That's partly due to the depth Georgia has with Jenkins and Geathers being the same type of player.

• Suffered an AC joint sprain in the Outback Bowl following an interception and had an ankle injury last season.

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