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A.J. Jenkins

A.J. Jenkins - #8 - WR

Height: 6-0 1/4
Weight: 190
Speed: 4.38
Arm: 32 3/4
Hand: 9 1/2
Wingspan: 77 1/2
Birthdate: 09/30/1989
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Grade: 5.90

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/06/2012 Illinois Pro Day 6-0 1/8 186 9 1/2 31 3/4 77 1/4 4.12 11.46 6.73
02/29/2012 Combine 6-0 1/4 190 9 1/2 32 3/4 77 1/2 4.41 12 10'4" 38 1/2
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-0 1/8 192 9 3/8 31 7/8 77 7/8
01/16/2012 East-West Shrine 6-0 1/4 192 9 1/4 32 1/4 77 1/4
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-0 3/8 182 9 7/8 31 7/8 76 3/4 4.50

 

Notes:

Florida prep saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2008, making a start against Iowa, catching 11 passes for 287 yards (26.1-yard average) and three touchdowns. Also returned kickoffs with 22 returns for 490 yards (22.3-yard average) and a 96-yard touchdown. Had a disappointing season in ’09, with 10-123-1 (12.3) receiving and 11-204-0 (18.5) on kickoff returns in eight games (three starts). Missed two games with a knee injury. Was determined to transfer but talked into staying by new offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. Led the team in receiving in ’10 after hauling in 56-746-7 (13.3) in 13 games (nine starts). Is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Did not participate in ’11 spring practice after wrist surgery. In ’11, he grabbed 90-1,276-8 (14.2) in 13 games (12 starts) to lead the Illini in receiving for the second season in a row. Also returned kickoffs 5-79-0 (15.8). His non-start was because of team starting two running backs. Had six career rushing attempts for 25 yards (4.2-yard average). Has five career fumbles.

Positives:

Nice length. Athletic and fluid. Outstanding timed speed to stretch the field vertically. Has a 381⁄2-inch vertical leap. Good short-area burst. Can sink his weight and uncover underneath. Quick hands to extend and snatch throws away from his frame. Adjusts to throws and has good body control. Works the boundary. Can take a hit and hang on. Has kickoff return experience. Football smart.

Negatives:

Struggles to maintain weight. Needs to get functionally stronger to combat press. Could stand to improve line release and refine route running. Does not play to timed speed. Drops catchable throws. Hears some footsteps. Average blocking effort — physicality leaves something to be desired. Immature. Inconsistent intensity and work habits.

Summary:

Lean, fast, slippery “X” receiver boasting playmaking perimeter speed combined with quickness to separate short-to-intermediate. Best football might be ahead of him if he sharpens his route running, grows up and becomes more consistent. Has the physical tools to emerge as one of the best receivers in this year's draft if he enters the right situation with a demanding positional coach and a coordinator who knows how to maximize his talent.


A.J. Jenkins's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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