John Jenkins Scouting Report

February 22nd, 2013

John Jenkins is a very big man

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Prospect: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 359 lbs.
Grade: 7.03 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

+Carries weight well with sufficient open field speed for a nose tackle
-Struggles to redirect on misdirection type plays, heavy feet
+Incredibly strong upper body, nightmare for blockers when he gains control with his hands
+Impressive stamina late in games despite a relatively high snap count
+Very wide frame with a thick lower half

+/-Adequate motor in pursuit, but he’s not a high energy defender by any means
-Often takes a bad first step leverage-wise and sets himself up poorly to hold gap discipline
-Lacks anticipation when dealing with multiple blockers and is more reactive than he needs to be
-Was suspended for his final game in the Capital One Bowl due to academic reasons
-Two years of experience at the D1 level after transferring from a junior college

Pass Rush:
+Effective pusher of the pocket an effective power rush, often underutilized in college
-Abandons power rush for finesse moves too often as a pass rusher with limited success
-Very limited on stunts due to heavy feet, extra steps required, makes high pad level even worse
+Made a number of big plays as a pass rusher with relentlessness to get to the quarterback
-Rarely gets his hands to passes when not able to provide pressure, limited production in that category

Run Support:
+Impressive anchor to stand up blockers in one on one situations, work in progress against doubles
-Gets moved off the ball occasionally against strong run blockers, severely hindered by high pad level
+Sheds blocks well by creating space and controlling blockers with strong hands
-Very limited if not non-existent ability to split gaps and make plays in the backfield
+/-Works laterally to either gap effectively, range doesn’t extend out much farther when forced to chase plays
+Follows the ball well and redirects ball carriers on a consistent basis

-Lacks exceptional burst off the snap and consistently pops his pads up
+Has violent hands to jolt offensive lineman and uses them well to disengage
-Inconsistent about firing his hands into contact and keeping his chest free from the hands of blockers
-Lacks footwork to dictate play to blockers, seemingly brings his feet along with him

John Jenkins is on the list of guys who didn’t quite live up to their billing during their final college seasons, along with many other top prospects. Jenkins does what’s asked of him though. He’s a hole clogger in the middle who can occupy blockers and eat up multiple gaps. He has surprisingly light feet for his size and is able to get to the ball at a decent enough rate as a result. Jenkins doesn’t provide exceptional pass rush ability, but he won’t be asked to do that at the next level. Consistency issues plague his game though. All of his strengths as a run stopper came into question after a very poor showing in the SEC Championship, where he was quite frankly dominated by D.J. Fluker on a high number of snaps. There are other games in which he simply fails to show up on tape. A guy with a body the size of John Jenkins who can move the way he does is one who will be highly sought after every draft season. Questions about his reliability should keep him out of the first round unfortunately.—Darren Page

Scouting Notes:

Georgia vs. South Carolina
• Plays down the line and gets in on the tackle effectively after shedding
• Pushes pocket effectively against a double team and forces Connor Shaw to take off quickly
• Handles the left guard and reads the cut of Marcus Lattimore, gives a strong punch and gets a piece of the back in the hole
• Fails to anticipate a cut block but gets up just quick enough to get in on the tackle when Lattimore is indecisive
• Lets pads get too high as a pass rusher and ends up pancaked as he tries to get around the blocker
• Impressive power rush in one on one situation, second block comes to help and flattens Jenkins
• Handling two gaps effectively as the nose tackle, struggling to anchor at times though with high pads
• Able to disengage enough to get an arm to Lattimore as he runs past on numerous occasions
• Throws the right guard with strong hands as a pass rusher, center forced to come help, Shaw has to step up in the pocket to throw
• Jolts the right guard with his hands and is free to make the tackle in the hole, consistently handling run blockers

Georgia vs. Alabama
• Good motor to play off the block and get to the other side of the field on a screen pass, eventually gets in on the tackle
• Gets washed inside by a D.J. Fluker down block while engaged after failing to anticipate it
• Lets Chance Warmack’s hands into his frame as a pass rusher and is immediately neutralized
• Rooted out by D.J. Fluker after looping to the outside on a stunt
• Has Anthony Steen on skates as a rusher, ball leaves A.J. McCarron’s hand in time though
• Strong second effort as a rusher to squeeze past Warmack and sack McCarron after he double clutches
• Completely pancaked on a down block from D.J. Fluker, one that he saw coming as well, happens again a few plays later
• Moved a good 5 yards off the line on an outside zone when Fluker and Steen combo block him
• Takes an initial shot from Steen and pops up, Fluker gets underneath of him and puts him on his back
• Gets caved inside far too easily on a combo block from Fluker and Michael Williams, struggling to plant outside foot to resist direction blocks
• Shows strength by standing up Warmack in the hole and squeezing it down effectively
• Plays down the line with Warmack and disengages effectively when the back cuts the run inside
• Fights through a Steen/Fluker combo block effectively to make the tackle
• Lacks quickness off the snap and first step ability to keep Fluker from crossing his face on a cutoff block
• Dives at blockers knees on multiple goal line situations and takes himself completely out of the play
• Sheds a Steen block after being moved off the ball initially, drives Eddie Lacy back in the hole

Georgia vs. Tennessee
• Caves inside well on a lead play from his 5 technique position
• Feet and hands very inactive throughout the game, standing up blocks well but little impact otherwise
• Forces Tyler Bray to throw it away after he disengages cleanly after a somewhat effective bullrush, mirrors Bray as he leaves the pocket
• Gets cut far too easily and unable to pop back up as the ball carrier runs through his inside gap
• Has hid head down trying to drive the right tackle off the snap and doesn’t locate the ball as it goes right pas his outside gap
• Mirrors Tyler Bray effectively as a rusher and covers the fumble after he loses it

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