Florida State senior DE Brandon Jenkins told reporters Monday night that he has decided to enter the 2013 NFL draft. He sprained the Lisfranc joint at the top of his left foot just before halftime of FSU’s second-opening 69-3 win over Murray State and was sidelined for the season.
He reportedly had been considering coming back to FSU for one more year on a medical redshirt but informed head coach Jimbo Fisher that he was going pro earlier on Monday.
"I am very supportive of Brandon’s decision. We had a great talk," Fisher said in a statement. "It is best for him to go and become an NFL football player, which he most definitely will. We were very blessed to have had him here at Florida State.
"He’s one of the great players in Florida State history, but not only that, he’s one of the great people in Florida State history. He represented our team and our school with great dignity. I wish him nothing but the best and it was a pleasure to be able to coach him."
Jenkins, who's listed at 6-3, 260 pounds, collected 21½ sacks in 2½ seasons of play with the Seminoles.
The way we see it
According to PFW draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki, Jenkins is a one-dimensional pass rusher similar to ex-Florida State star Everette Brown, who was taken in the second round by the Panthers in 2009 before flopping as a pro.
Jenkins was graded as a third-rounder prior to his injury and now is graded as a mid-round pick. A big knock on him is that he lacks the anchor to defend the run.