Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/14/12
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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