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Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson


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Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson

Had 166 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, five sacks, 31 quarterback pressures, and a school-record four blocked placekicks in 1,607 snaps over 49 games (38 starts) in his career...a big reason Clemson had a strong defense each of the last four years...three-year starter who started each of the last 35 games he played in; he missed the Presbyterian College game in 2010 with an injury, the only game he missed the last three years...Clemson's career leader in blocked kicks.

2010: First-Team All-ACC selection...played in the Senior Bowl...had 53 tackles, nine tackles for loss, a sack, 16 quarterback pressures, and two blocked placekicks in 536 snaps in 12 games (12 starts); his two blocked placekicks tied a school record...third on the team in tackles for loss...had nine tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack against North Texas...blocked an extra point against #16 Miami (FL)...had 10 tackles against Georgia Tech...had nine tackles at Boston College...had eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a blocked field goal against #23 N.C. State; he earned team special teams player-of-the-game honors.

2009: Top tackler among Clemson's interior linemen with 69 stops...honorable mention All-ACC selection for 2009...Clemson's defensive player-of-the-week by Tiger coaches in the game at Maryland...consistent player who had at least three tackles in 13 of the 14 games...fifth on the team in tackles overall, his 11 tackles for loss were tied for second on the team...had seven tackles in both games against Georgia Tech...had six stops against TCU, including a tackle for loss...had his best game statistically in the loss at Maryland where he had nine tackles, including three for loss and a sack...had strong game at N.C. State with six tackles, including three for loss...had eight tackles and two for loss in the win over Florida State...had four stops in the win over Miami (FL).

2008: Ninth in the ACC in tackles for loss per game in league contests; he had nine in eight ACC games...had a team-tying-high 10 tackles for loss and two sacks...had 36 tackles (30 first hits)...had a season-high six tackles in 37 snaps against #18 Boston College...had five tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack against N.C. State...had five tackles and two tackles for loss apiece against Maryland and #21 Wake Forest...had two tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss at #24 Florida State...had four tackles and a sack against Duke...had three tackles at Virginia...blocked an extra point against N.C. State, the first by a Tiger since 1995.

2007: Had a sack in his first career game against #19 Florida State; he played just three snaps but had an impact...had two tackles in 23 snaps against Furman and two tackles in six snaps at Georgia Tech...played 13 snaps and had one tackle against Wake Forest.

BEFORE CLEMSON: Rated as the #27 defensive tackle in the nation and member of the Rivals 250 by Rivals.com...#25 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...All-American by PrepStar as a senior at D.W. Daniel High School...#10 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com and #12 player by SuperPrep...had 79 tackles and four blocked kicks as a senior...South Carolina Coaches Association Upperstate AAA Lineman-of-the-Year as a senior...Daily Journal/Messenger Player-of-the-Year as a senior...three-time Pickens Sentinel All-County pick...Shrine Bowl selection...AP All-State as a senior...had 50 tackles and one recovered fumble as a junior...three-time all-region selection...two-time all-region pick in basketball...all-region in the shot put and discus...recruited by Brad Scott...chose Clemson over Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

PERSONAL: Majoring in sociology...born Apr. 24, 1988.



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According to Parcells, he had a 3rd-round draft grade, and we took him at 42nd, with Kenrick Ellis and Paea still on the board. Oh well...guess I'll take a wait and see approach with this kid, but not too excited about the pick.
Heard a discussion on 980 to the effect the Skins were looking to take him at 49, but that 2 other teams were "definitely" planning to take him between the Skins 41 and 49, so they grabbed him up. They talked about the best part of Jenkins' skill set being his versatility within the 3-4 system...that he can play inside (maybe even some NT?) as well as outside techniques as a DE.

Has me smiling frankly. As much because of the player himself as because the Redskins are actually drafting specific KINDS of solid, character players to fit specific niches.

Players that actually fit into a grand scheme. What a concept. :)
That makes me feel better about the selection, for sure. I am rooting for the kid!
Pick react from some doofus goes by "Om":

The Redskins continue to give every indication that the Shanahan/Allen Era signifies a sea change in how the team does personnel business. Again eschewing sexy in Round 2, they opt for size (when is the last time a high-round lineman pick was not a shock in Washington?), consistency, production and character over flash and attempts at instant gratification. The steady Jenkins almost surely becomes a regular rotation from opening day, and barring injury or developmental hiccups adjusting from a 4-3 DT at Clemson to a projected 3-4 DE, takes ownership of a starting DE slot by midseason and never looks back. The Redskins will hope that access to an NFL training table and regimen will quiet any concerns over stamina, and that he will develop enough as a pass rushing threat to obviate the need to spell him on passing downs.
After looking over his profile more carefully I think I've figured out what might have motivated them to take him where they did. Jenkins had an insanely low number of reps at the combine, i.e. only 17 compared to about mid to high 20's for most DT's. In fact, it looks like he was dead last. So I think their thought process was that if he had the kind of production he did in college without much strength, that he could perhaps be a monster after an NFL weight program packs some muscle on him.

Personally, I'd rather we'd just taken Paea who's already strong as a bull. However he is overcoming the knee injury and perhaps isn't quite the size we were probably looking for.

In that light, Jenkins seems like a bit of a risk to fall short of being a star player but probably also is a low risk of being a bust.

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