Draft Capsule: OLB Brandon Jenkins

Draft Capsule: OLB Brandon Jenkins

April 4, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

Brandon Jenkins (OLB), Florida State

6-3 | 260 lbs.

2012 Stats:

41 tackles, 12 TFL, 8.0 sacks 

Projection:

3rd-4th

Strengths:

Jenkins missed all but one game of the 2012-'13 season because of a foot injury, but this is still a premier pass rusher with an explosive first step and enough speed to get around the best left tackles in the country. He's got solid technique but gets enough speed and leverage around the corner that he doesn't always have to use it. He was asked, at times, to drop back into coverage in zone-defense situations and, at 260 pounds, wasn't a liability. He has great size if he makes the move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Weaknesses:

Because his pure athletic ability has gotten him by at the collegiate level, he's still a raw prospect in terms of technique and playing against the run. Simply speed won't work at the pro level, so he'll need to improve a second move and also bulk up against the run if he's going to succeed. The injury concerns are there but it shouldn't drop him too far on draft day.

Fit for the Bears:

The Bears have had recent experiences and failures with pure speed rushers, most notably Mark Anderson. Things worked well for him his rookie season (12.0 sacks, 4 FF's) but it went downhill from there. With the Bears playing a 4-3 defense and typically being stout against the run, it would be a surprise to see him head to Chicago. That, and the Bears don't have a third round draft pick make this an unlikely pairing, but if Phil Emery believes he can beef up Jenkins and turn him into a defensive end, he may be worth a look if he drops to the third day.