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A.J. Jenkins was projected to go in the second round by the majority of scouts, and he was the definition of a reach in the first round. The 49ers have taken some significant heat for the selection, but I don’t have a major issue with it outside of the fact that they probably should have traded down to the early second round if they really wanted Jenkins.
Jenkins is an explosive receiver with the ability to take the top off of any defense. He may not have been the best route-runner available in the draft, but the 49ers needed a burner, not a possession receiver. Jenkins has very good hands and always catches the ball away from his body. He comes down with a lot of contested balls downfield.
The biggest weakness in Jenkins game is his inability to beat press coverage. As long as Jenkins struggles getting off jams, you can bet that’s the kind of coverage he’s going to have to prove he can beat in the NFL. With his sub-40 speed, however, this coverage strategy does come with signif...
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