Prospect: Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 251 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Incredible burst off the snap, accelerates quickly
  • Hips extremely flexible with balance
  • Doesn’t play with significant power, speed reliant as pass rusher

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Adequate motor, gets to the ball at high rate
  • Can be slow as a read and react defender, ball awareness a question mark

Pass Rush:

  • Has speed to consistently win around the corner
  • Utilizes an impactful dip and rip move, also possesses a tight and quick spin move
  • Heavy initial punch which can knock blockers off balance, hands are very active
  • Doesn’t generate power from lower half, limits bullrush ability
  • Uses flexible hips to generate extremely low pad level

Run Support:

  • Inconsistent setting an edge
  • Struggles to disengage and close on football, high amounts of energy put towards shedding blocks
  • Can absorb multiple blockers at point of attack
  • Little experience playing run from off the line of scrimmage
  • Not a powerful tackler, struggles to finish at times

Coverage:

  • Rare forays into coverage, limited experience
  • Will lock his eyes onto quarterback, lacks instincts for receivers around him in zone coverage

Overall:

Entering his senior season, Brandon Jenkins was one of the most highly-regard pass rushers. During the season’s first game, he suffered a lisfranc foot injury which ended his season.  Lisfranc injuries are complicated and will require teams to look into his health during the pre-draft process.  If you get a healthy Brandon Jenkins, you’re getting a pass rusher with top-level athleticism.  He played as a defensive end in Mark Stoops’ 4-3 defense, but may best translate to a 3-4.  Jenkins had his struggles to stack and shed against the run in the 4-3.  As a 3-4 outside linebacker, his abilities as a dynamic edge rusher are best utilized.  It wouldn’t be beyond reason for a 4-3 team to pull the trigger though.  He’s shown the ability to produce from a three point stance, and a team may feel they can develop him in the running game.  Either way, Jenkins’ pass rush skills can transcend scheme which makes him a valuable prospect, despite essentially missing an entire season of football.

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