Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/27/12
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 significant risk.
 
Jenkins needs to polish his game more to become an impact player at the next level. While I wouldn’t count on him ever becoming a star, I would be surprised if he didn’t develop into an effective deep threat for the 49ers.
 
With the additions of Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, and now A.J. Jenkins to the receiving core this offseason, 49ers fans have a lot to be excited about. In terms of fantasy value, however, I’m not a big fan of Jenkins for that very reason.
 
Jenkins is entering into what’s become a very crowded receiving core. If Randy Moss continues to impress, then he could conceivably fill the role that Jenkins would have been used for. Most people have Michael Crabtree and Manningham as the projected starters, and while I think Jenkins could beat out both Moss and Manningham, I wouldn’t count on it.
 
From a fantasy standpoint, I might consider drafting Jenkins in the last few rounds of a deep league. Instead of drafting a more dependable backup receiver who you pretty much know what you’re going to get out of and probably won’t start anyway, Jenkins at least has some potential.
 
If he doesn’t do much in the first few weeks, just dump him. If he goes undrafted in your league, be sure to keep an eye out for how Jenkins does in training camp.
 
 

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