Draft Capsule: DT John Jenkins

Draft Capsule: DT John Jenkins

March 30, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Jake Flannigan

John Jenkins (DT), Georgia

6-4 | 346 lbs.

2012 Stats:

50 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 PD

Projection:

Late 1st Round-2nd Round

Strengths:

Massive defensive tackle who displayed his power by throwing up a position-best 30 reps on the bench press at the NFL Combine in February. Jenkins looks the part with his bulky physique and possesses good explosion off the line. Specialist at demanding double teams.

Weaknesses:

Hasn’t shown much of an ability to make tackles in the backfield and cause major pressure on the quarterback. In fairness to Jenkins, often times he forces the attention of multiple blockers, which makes it a tall task to provide a ton of disruption in the backfield. Great upper body, but some scouts feel his lower half is disproportionate. Conditioning has been a problem for Jenkins, but he appears to be on the right track now with his weight issues.

Fit for the Bears:

Henry Melton and Stephen Paea provide the Bears with a pretty solid one-two punch inside, but Jenkins could add some quality depth to the position. His body type and playing style would bring an alternative look to the middle of the defense. It’s not clear exactly where Jenkins will be drafted, but he should go somewhere between picks 25 and 35.