40: 5.00 (estimated)
Good athlete and range for a player his size. Gets good push up the middle. Has a decent first step to provide some bull rush at the nose or off the edge. Has the size and strength to get leverage, anchor, and hold the point of attack. He's hard to move off the ball. Fights through double teams because he has the power to beat them.
Limited as pass rusher, as he relies solely on his power and strength to beat blockers. Doesn't use his hand well, sometimes lowering his shoulder trying to bowl over the guard. Doesn't always play with the short area power to move the center back.
He plays defensive tackle/end in Clemson's hybrid 4-3/3-4 scheme. THey mostly played 4-3 in the games I saw, but also used both schemes. So his position/role is akin to Haloti Ngata's in Baltimore, and that's the type of player he can be at the next level. A three-year starter that put up consistent production in all three years, combining for 156 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks in those years. He also blocked 4 kicks during that time, and that's a skill that he can translate to the next level.
Jenkins is a good fit to play in a two-gap scheme. He can play either end or nose tackle, although his upside is higher at nose tackle because that's a position that is more critical to the success of a 3-4 team. He is bulky, but he has the sort of frame that could support more bulk. The issue with Jenkins is how quickly he can impact in the pros. His technique is raw, but once he starts to learn how to use his hands and be more consistent using his power to absorb blocks inside, he can be a very good player. He's not really a playmaker, but he can clog the middle and help free up defenders. And he has the sort of power that can allow him to get some penetration and be more disruptive than a pure space eater, which make him even harder to defend in the middle. Right away, he should be at home in a rotation playing both the nose and end position, and hopefully by his second or third year he'll start to develop the sort of technique and consistency one likes to see in a starter. His upside is high, and while I don't think he'll be an elite nose tackle, I think he can be one of the better guys at his position in the league and a key piece to any 3-4 defense's success.
Jenkins is not a great fit in a 4-3 scheme like the Falcons use which prefers guys to get upfield and be disruptive. If the Falcons wanted to get the most out of him, it would probably be best to see him drop 10-20 pounds to add some quickness. He would definitely help the Falcons rotation and could develop into a starter because of his potential to clog the middle. But he'd be a situational player that would likely get spelled a ton on third downs. But down the road, should add very good value on running downs, particularly in short yardage.
While Jenkins has good potential, the fact that he has a bit of a longer length to impact makes him a solid second round value. For a 3-4 team looking for a good nose tackle down the road, he is worth a Top 50 pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 4.0
Pass Rush: 2.0
Scouting reports of the defensive tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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