If A.J. Jenkins had yet to call his dad on a given day last season, he would receive a text asking him to do so.
Those daily chats are a big reason Jenkins stayed sane during a challenging, unproductive, heavily scrutinized rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers. Their top draft pick last year, he didn't make a single catch while spending most of his time watching from the...
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June 13, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers have signed top draft pick wide receiver A.J. Jenkins to a four-year contract.
Reigning NFC West champion San Francisco announced the signing of its 30th overall draft pick out of Illinois Wednesday.
The 6-foot, 192-pound Jenkins had 90 catches for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season for the Fighting Illini and led the Big Ten Conference...
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June 20, 2012
The University of Illinois put together this video after AJ got drafted by the 49ers.
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 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.
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...
The 49ers have a championship-caliber defense. Now they're throwing as many darts as possible trying to bring the offense up to snuff. San Francisco pulled a surprise with the selection of Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. At No. 58 overall, he was the lowest-rated prospect by NFLDraftScout.com to go in the first round....
A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois #8
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...
The Fighting Illini football team expected to land more than two players on the All-Big Ten first team, but a six game losing streak pushed several deserving players below that level. However, A.J. Jenkins could not be denied that honor after his tremendous season.
University of Illinois senior receiver A.J. Jenkins has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top receiver, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., announced Monday.