Player Profile #90 – DL Jarvis Jenkins

Linebackers come out of Penn State. Tight ends are frequent products of the Wisconsin football program. Southern Cal always seems to have a quarterback preparing to begin his pro football career.

And recently, defensive linemen are coming out of Clemson. In each of the last four NFL Drafts, a Tigers defensive linemen was selected – 2010, Ricky Sapp; 2009, Dorell Scott; 2008, Philip Merling; and 2007, Gaines Adams.

There will be at least two more in this April Draft, including first-round prospect D’Qwan Bowers at DE and Jarvis Jenkins a DT that came out of Clemson’s own backyard on the western edge of South Carolina.

Here’s Jenkins story.

FAMILY BUSINESS

Jarvis Jenkins

Born April 24, 1988 in Clemson, South Carolina.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, 3¾ inches.
  • Weight – 309 pounds.
  • Arm – 33¼ inches.
  • Hand – 9½ inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 5.03 seconds (4.93 on Pro Day).
  • 20-yard dash – 2.93 seconds (2.89 on Pro Day).
  • 10-yard dash – 1.78 seconds (1.83 on Pro Day).
  • Bench press – 17 repetitions of 225 pounds (23 on Pro Day).
  • Vertical jump – 26.5 inches (28 ½ on Pro Day).
  • Broad jump – 8-feet, 2 inches (8-7 on Pro Day).

HIGH SCHOOL

Jenkins graduated with the class of 2007 from D.W. Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina.

He was an all-region selection in football, basketball and track & field. As a senior, he was named the South Carolina AAA Lineman of the Year and the Associated Press all-state team. He was three times All-Region selection and three times All-County.

Twice he was named all-region in basketball and once he received all-region recognition in the shot put and discus.

FOOTBALL

2006 – In his senior season he finished with 79 tackles and four blocked kicks.

2005 – As a junior, Jenkins had 50 total tackles and recovered one fumble.

RECRUITING

Signed with Clemson in February 2007, the earliest point he was allowed to commit under college rules. Jenkins was also recruited by Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

COLLEGE

Jenkins majored in sociology at Clemson.

He finished out his time with the Tigers as a three-year starter, missing only one game over the 2008-09-10 seasons because of injury and starting all 34 games that he played in during that time. As a senior, he was named first team All-ACC defense.

2010 – Jenkins was on the field for 495 snaps in 11 games and finished with 51 total tackles, 10 TFL and a sack. He missed a game early in the season when he suffered a slight MCL sprain in his knee. He returned after one game. His top game was an eight-tackle performance against Boston College.

2009 – Honorable mention-ACC honors came with his 14 games and starts as a junior. He had 69 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one sack and a pair of blocked placements, including a FG against So Carolina. His best game was a seven-tackle, one sack game against Maryland.

2008 – He broke into the starting lineup, opening 12 of the 13 games and putting up 36 tackles, including 13 tackles for 1.5 sacks. His best game was a six-tackle performance against Boston College. He blocked a PAT kick vs. NC State.

2007 – Jenkins played in 10 games as a true freshman and registered a sack on his first series when he took down Florida State QB Drew Weatherford. He ended up playing for 100 snaps, with 5 tackles and one sack. He had surgery on a wrist between the end of the season and the Tigers bowl game.

Year

G

S

Tkl.

TFL

Sks.

FF

RF

Hurries

Blks.

 
2010

11

11

51

10

1

1

0

2

1

 
2009

14

14

69

8

1

0

1

1

2

 
2008

13

12

36

13

1.5

0

0

2

1

 
2007

10

0

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

 
Total

48

37

161

31

4.5

1

1

5

4

 

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – Big run stopper in the middle of the Clemson defense for three years. Jenkins has a good first step and has the quick burst to get penetration and disrupt handoffs in the backfield. He gets off the ball quickly, uses his hands, finds the football and sheds blockers well. Plays like he’s very aware of what’s going on across the line of scrimmage; he diagnoses plays quickly and seems adept at sniffing out screen passes. Plays hard and aggressively and will run down plays from the backside. He’s stout at the point of attack and rarely gives ground. Has consistently shown the ability to stand up the blocker and clog up the hole to stop running plays at him. Doesn’t accept blocks and fights to disengage.

Weaknesses – Not a particularly good pass rusher, as he lacks the lower body strength to push the pocket backwards and collapse the protection. There are questions about his conditioning as he seems to lose steam in the second half of games. That has him starting to play high and he loses all leverage against blockers. Jenkins is a one dimensional pass rusher where his only effective move is a bull rush.

Analysis – Whether he’s considered a 4-3 defensive tackle or moved to defensive end in the 3-4, Jenkins quietly rates among the more versatile defensive linemen in the 2011 draft. Playing in the shadow of the highly rated D’Qwan Bowers also kept Jenkins out of the limelight. Even though he may only be a two-down player because of his deficiencies in rushing the passer, he could make a quick impact.

MEDICAL/WEIGHT

A strained MCL in his right knee cost him a game in the ’10 season. Jenkins had minor surgery on a wrist between the end of the regular season and the bowl game in the 2007 season. He recovered in time to play in the game.

Jenkins weight has fluctuated between 295 and 320 pounds during his time at Clemson. After the Music City Bowl in December 2009 he weighed out at 320 pounds. By the spring he was down to 307 and looking to drop another 10 pounds before the season started. He dropped five more before the opening of the ’10 season. “I think I’ll be a better player at 295-300 pounds because I’m swift and I’ll make plays, but still have a little bit of mass on me. I could stay at 305, though,” he said.

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

From an AFC scout – “I think he’s a tweener on the line. He’s probably best suited to play DT in a 4-3, but he’d have to go to end in the 3-4. I don’t think it would be good for him to add weight to play NT in the 3-4. He’s got nothing on the pass rush and needs a lot of work there. Reminds me of Tyson Jackson in that way. Really lost going after the passer on the edge.

WHAT HE SAYS

“That’s the main thing I’m working on is getting physical,” the former Daniel High School star said. “Sometimes athleticism, that doesn’t get you nowhere either. Most guys kind of study your game and you’ve got to switch it up every now and then — using power, speed to power, power to speed. “That’s stuff you’ve got to work on. You can’t let the guys (rely) on what your main attraction is.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney – “A lot of time he wants to be an athlete inside, and inside is a place — there’s times where you can be an athlete and a pass-rush guy — but most of the time that’s where you’ve got to come off the ball and create a new line of scrimmage.”

DOES HE FIT WITH THE CHIEFS?

There’s no doubt that Pioli/Haley will like this guy’s versatility and coordinator Romeo Crennel might be able to craft a special role for him in the defensive attack. But unless they are going to cut the wire on Glenn Dorsey or Tyson Jackson, it’s hard to see how Jenkins might fit in the Chiefs defensive picture over the next several seasons.

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