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Moments after the 49ers made him the No. 30 overall selection of the 2012 NFL draft, A.J. Jenkins was left to say, over and over again, “I’m speechless. I’m out of words right now.” That’s how a lot of people felt after the 49ers made the WR out of Illinois their surprise first-round pick, a reach in the eyes of many. But that’s what was being said about San Francisco’s first-round pick last year.
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For a team that has struggled to win games in recent years, the Fighting Illini football team has enjoyed unprecedented success in the NFL draft. Five Illini have been drafted in the first round the past five years, including two Thursday evening. A.J. Jenkins and Whitney Mercilus shared center stage for the Illini, and no one could be happier about it than Jenkins.
The Fighting Illini continue to place football players in the first round of the NFL draft. Both defensive end Whitney Mercilus and wide receiver A.J. Jenkins were called with the good news Thursday evening. For Mercilus, it was a dream come true. He was not highly recruited out of high school, but his play on the field in 2011 got the attention of pro scouts.
FOXBORO, Mass. -- This was a change of pace. The Patriots drafted two high-profile defensive players in Thursday's first round, but they went off the grid in the second, selecting Illinois safety Tavon Wilson with the 48th pick. Key Stats The 6-foot, 203-pounder had 81 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, six pass defenses, one sack and 6.5 tackles...
The University of Illinois put together this video after AJ got drafted by the 49ers.
The Seattle Seahawks made the first big shocker on NFL Draft night by taking Bruce Irvin DE/OLB from West Virginia. The San Francisco 49ers created another big surprise when they took WR A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois with the 30th pick. It marks the first time two Illini have been selected in the first round of an NFL draft since Kevin Hardy and Simeon Rice in 1996.
The 49ers pulled off another first round shocker in the NFL draft tonight by selecting wide receiver AJ Jenkins out of Illinois with the 30th pick. Most draft experts and fans alike believed that Jenkins would have been available in round two and some even thinking he could slip into round three as well. Still on the board were tight end Coby Fleener from Stanford who some thought...
What a whirlwind of trades, maneuvers, and surprise picks the first round was. Here are five shocking moments from last night.
5. The 49ers select Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins at number 30.
Many analysts thought the 49ers would grab a wide receiver, but few, if any, even considered the possibility of them taking A.J. Jenkins over Rueben Randle or Stephen Hill, both of whom...
Fighting Illini assistant football coach Chris Beatty has many contacts in the state of Virginia, where he coached high school ball. Among those he is recruiting for the Illini is Salem wide receiver Kwamane Bowens. While recruiting is in its infancy for Bowens, the Illini have offered and have some credibility thanks to Beatty.
Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh gives his takes on the first day of the 2012 NFL draft and the team’s first-round selection, Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins.
The three new Fighting Illini basketball assistant coaches were introduced to the media Thursday. The last of the three to be announced officially was Isaac Chew, who helped coach Missouri this past season. He has strong recruiting ties in Chicago and around the country and shares a similar coaching philosophy with new head coach John Groce.