2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Jarvis Jenkins
Jenkins had a sack in his first game played, despite just a handful of snaps. He would end up starting for his last three seasons as a Tiger in Clemson.
Player Name: Jarvis Jenkins
Position: Defensive Tackle
Arm: 33 1/4
Jenkins had made a name for himself against the run in his tenure at Clemson. His combination of size and strength has made him a gap stuffing force as a defensive tackle and he rarely let any man through his gap. He has shown signs of being an average pass rusher, but his strength and space eating ability is what really helped Clemson’s defensive ends get tons of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. He is strong at the point of attack and drives his feet well and can push lineman into the backfield.
Jenkins is only adequate as a pass rusher. He often plays a bit too tall and can sometimes get pushed around, despite his excellent strength. Jenkins’ conditioning could be a big downside as he often takes plays off and may not be a sure three down player in the NFL. His best fit seems to be moved to the five technique in a 3-4 defense, particularly one that rotates defensive lineman more often than other teams. He will be best utilized in run situations, as his pass rushing ability most likely won’t get much better.
I think Jenkins could rise into the bottom of the third round, but the middle of the fourth round may be the best value for the gap stuffing defensive tackle. A team like Philadelphia could look to add him for rushing downs and as a situation tackle, or a 3-4 defense like Buffalo, Arizona, Houston or San Francisco may look to grab him in the fourth round.
NFL Comparison: Ron Brace