Originally written on DraftAce  |  Last updated 11/13/14
A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois #8 Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 190

  Strengths: Impressive straight-line speed; can stretch the field at the next level. Fairly reliable hands; does a nice job catching away from his body and bringing it in. Impressive leaping ability; much better going up in traffic than you’d expect considering his size and build. Shows excellent body control along the sidelines. Efficient route runner; quick in his breaks and looks very fluid overall. Has the athleticism to make some acrobatic catches. Weaknesses: Needs to do a better job tracking the ball in the air; doesn’t always put himself in the best position to make plays. Not very physical; can get knocked off his route by more physical corners. A bit of a one-year wonder; didn’t really emerge as a playmaker until senior year. has struggled with drops in the past, but was more consistent as a senior. Clashed with Ron Zook at times; Zook didn’t like Jenkins tendency to showboat on the field – definitely raises some concerns about a “diva” complex. Comments: Jenkins lacks the prototypical size of a No. 1 receiver, but he does all the little things well to make up for his physical deficiencies. The key to Jenkins’ development will be his consistency. He made major strides his senior year, but his lapses in focus in the past will cause teams to worry about him as a one-year wonder who was simply motivated by an NFL contract. He is definitely a boom-or-bust prospect, but has the foundation to be an instant-impact player in the right system. Videos: 2011 vs Northwestern
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