AJ Jenkins, WR, Illinois
40 Time: 4.37
Grade: 6.4 (Grading Scale)
Arms: 32 3/4 Hands: 9 1/2
Vertical: 38.5″ Broad: 10’3″ 3 Cone: 6.73 Short Shuttle: 4.11 Bench: 12
Strengths: Jenkins is a reliable and productive WR – Has the ability to be equally productive in the slot and outside – Very good hands, extends his arms and doesn’t let the ball get into his pads – Quick, shifty and elusive – Creates separation with quick and sharp breaks out of his routes, can also run by defensive back – Above average ability with the ball in his hands, creates a lot of YAC – Solid body control – Understands zone coverages, finds the soft areas and will work his way to them – Despite skinny frame, Jenkins can take contact and doesn’t shy away from going across the middle – Could be best suited for a slot WR, due to his quickness and ability to change direction – Coachable and smart WR, all academic Big 10 – Was the best WR at the Shrine Game and was able to be productive in the Senior Bowl despite being a real late add – Low bust potential in my opinion.
Weaknesses: Needs to add some muscle to his frame, needs to get stronger, especially if he’s going to be playing outside – Has missed time each of the last three years with various injuries – Will struggle against press coverage, needs to get more physical, too “finesse” – Against man coverage he gets pushed around a little bit, needs to use his body better to win those battles – Feet get a little choppy when running the curl and comeback routes – Can definitely separate, but I would like to see him use deceptive techniques a little better to fool defensive backs, plays at one speed.
Last Updated: April 4, 2011