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Prospect Profiles: Jarvis Jenkins


Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 315, 5.05


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• Prototypical height and bulk with a thick solid build
• Very athletic with good speed, quickness and agility
• Real stout at the point of attack and stuffs the run
• Strong, physical, powerful and a terrific bull rusher
• Is able to penetrate and make plays in the backfield
• Mobile with nice range and does quite well in pursuit
• Displays above average instincts / overall awareness
• Will offer some positional and schematic versatility
• Durable w/ lots of experience versus top competition

• Lacks a varied repertoire of rush moves and counters
• Was not an overly productive sack artist in college
• Struggles to shed blocks and must improve hand use
• Gets tall and needs to play with consistent leverage
• Tendency to miss occasional tackle from time to time
• Might have a bit of an issue when it comes to stamina

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Athletic… Explosive… Good agility… Good first step… Gets some penetration… Gets in the backfield… Can push and collapse the pocket… Plays with leverage… Strong hands… Does a nice job shedding blocks… Good strength… Good power… Good bull rush… Decent spin move… Very good in one-on-one situations… Plays the run very well… Good anchor… Stout at the point of attack… Can clog the middle… Good lateral agility… Can occupy double teams… Stays low versus the run… Stays square to the pocket… Keeps his head up… Good ball awareness… Does a solid job in pursuit… Good range… Good motor… Disciplined… Can contribute on special teams… Selected All-ACC first team for the 2010 season… Has 3-4 potential as NT at 320 lbs. or DE at 305 lbs.

Negatives: Not much of an arsenal… Plays too high versus the pass, allows opponent’s under his pads… Lacks stamina, more of a two-down run stuffer, is not on the field in obvious passing situations… Top heavy… Overruns the pocket… Missed one game following MCL sprain early this season.

FF Toolbox:

Jarvis Jenkins was a pretty highly regarded recruit coming out of high school, but he only saw limited action as a true freshman in 2007. However, when he was on the field he made a big impact. That success as a freshman led to bigger things in 2008. Forced to play a bigger role due to injuries, Jenkins did not disappoint. He totaled 36 tackles, 10.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks.

By 2009 Jenkins was certainly ready to emerge as the star of the Clemson front four. The 6-4, 310 pound defensive tackle had already proven to be a solid run stuffer who can also cause havoc in the backfield. Jenkins had a superb regular season as a junior and totaled 66 tackles, 11.0 tackles-for-loss and one sack. He has consistently gotten into the backfield and has emerged as a great run stuffer.

Jenkins has proven to NFL scouts what he can do on the field, but he still has not gotten much national attention for his efforts. He is not putting up eye popping numbers so far in the 2010 campaign and it was certainly a wise idea for him to return for his senior season. Jenkins should be one of the top ten defensive tackles in this class, but his stock could rise quickly once he gets to show his stuff at the NFL Combine.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Not really a pass rush guy, Jarvis Jenkins could be a nice run stopper for a team that may lose Barry Cofield. He’s big, he’s mobile, and while he won’t provide much of a push in the pocket, he can stop the run pretty well. Can maybe play defensive end too. I like him. I wouldn’t get him in the 2nd round, but if he’s there in the third round, I would be okay. He’s so big, I think he would be very nice in the interior. 3-4 teams will love him, so he may not even get to the Giants. If he does, however, I would be okay, but only in the third round.



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