Found May 14, 2012 on
San Francisco 49ers
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Michigan State Spartans
Round 1 (30thOverall)
A.J. Jenkins, Wide Receiver, Illinois
Jenkins was projected to go in the second round by the majority of scouts. While many would view at this as an indictment of the pick, I certainly do not. Jenkins is an explosive receiver with top-end speed. He may not be the best route runner out there, but the 49ers had more of a need for a burner than a possession receiver. Jenkins has very good hands and catches the ball away from his body, allowing him to come down with a lot of contested balls downfield. The biggest weakness in Jenkins game is his inability to beat bump and run coverage. Since he’s not adept at getting off jams, defenses at the next level will be sure to employ a lot of press coverage on him. With his sub-40 speed, however, this coverage strategy does come with some 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 ...
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SAN FRANCISCO– The 49ers bewildered the football community when they chose wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in the first round. Jenkins was taken off the board before higher ranked names such as Stephen Hill and many others.
Jenkins was brought in to be that top flight speedster that could become a consistent deep threat.
Now the only problem is that he may not be in shape.
Quarterback – Alex Smith: In 2011 Alex Smith went from being forever heralded as one of the biggest draft busts in recent history to a solid starting quarterback.
In 2012, the 49ers hope Smith can take this rapid transformation to the next level. With all they’ve done to improve at wide receiver this offseason, Smith has no excuse not to put up big passing numbers next...
San Francisco 49ers 1st-round pick A.J. Jenkins took some heat last week when Jim Harbaugh criticized his conditioning on the first day of rookie camp. But according to 49ers defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, Jenkins is in better shape than Aldon Smith was when he first reported to camp in 2011.
Sopoaga had this to say to the San Francisco Chronicle about Smith’s debut:
When a team plays as well as the San Francisco 49ers did last season, usually the quarterback gets a lot of credit for that and quarterback Alex Smith was rightfully deserving of the credit. Smith guided the 49ers to a 13-3 regular season record and nearly led them to the Super Bowl. When you dig deeper into the 49ers' passing statistics though, you start to get a very different...
The 49ers have had a very interesting offseason. Not content to rest on their laurels, they have added some serious explosiveness to their offense through free agency. Their draft strategy was no different. While the 49ers certainly made some surprising picks and maybe a few reaches here and there, they had a successful draft overall because they added to dynamic playmakers in A...
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has indicated that quarterback Alex Smith has made ”dramatic improvements” in his throwing motion this offseason. His improvement is due to a visit that he made to motion specialist Tom House.
“Alex was using his head where he’d have a late posture change to get his release point accurate,” said House, whose a former major...
The 2012 season is likely over for 49ers rookie fifth-round pick Darius Fleming, who suffered a torn ACL at the team's rookie minicamp. NFL.com reported Fleming was injured according to the former Notre Dame linebacker's agent, Andy Simms. Fleming sat out midway through the team's first workout with what was believed to be a hamstring injury.
The San Francisco 49ers had a chance to fill some holes in this draft but reached too often and failed to add any instant-impact players. It was a disappointing haul for a team hoping to make another deep playoff run in 2012.
A.J. Jenkins is a talented receiver but was a huge reach in the late 1st round. He put together a solid 2011 season, but has always been inconsistent and...
In the 2012 Illini spring game, they seemed to have the same exact issue that they have during the final seven games of 2011- throwing the ball forward.
Perhaps part of the spring scrimmage m.o. was to hold back that part of the offense, but then again it’s a preseason exhibition why wouldn’t you let it fly?
Unless it’s simply because you can’t?
And the statistics for starting...