2019 NFL Draft Prospect Report: Elgton Jenkins
Name: Elgton Jenkins
School: Mississippi State
Listed Height: 6’4
Listed Weight: 310
Strengths: Elgton Jenkins has a powerful, thick frame with well distributed weight throughout the entirety of his build. As a drive blocker, his punch can create considerable knock back if proper placement is functionally applied. After initial contact, he can torque his upper half and get his hips to follow while latched, which walls off the interior of the A gap. Jenkins does show ample amounts of fluidity in his lower half, and he can come out of his hips upon contact which can create displacement and reset the line of scrimmage. He shows a deliberate ability to understand leverage points on a defender, which allows Jenkins to control the point of contact and create lanes for entry. He plays with exceptional body control, as he is consistently able to strike from a stable and firm platform without succumbing to over extension. Jenkins shows promise in dropping his hips while engaged in pass protection, which allows access to power so the pocket won’t get condensed considerably. When moving to the second level, he takes deliberate and coordinated angles while being able to engulf linebackers at the contact point. He is a smart player, who shows the capability of picking up stunts, loops, and blitzes effectively.
Weaknesses: The nuances of Jenkins strike is one of his most noteworthy technical flaws. His punch is too wide often, which forces his lower body to work over time in order to not get knocked back. During his anchor, he plays with a considerable arch in his back which forces his momentum backwards and allows defender progress in condensing the pocket. His punches can be late, and his hands are carried too low which equates to erratic fitting. Also, a consistent nastiness is missing from his game. Bending at the knees is a significant point of development for Jenkins, as his balance can be throw off due to waist bend.
Overview and Insights: Jenkins has a vast amount of physical promise as a player. He’s power, and possesses the functional strength necessary to be dominant at the POA. However, before that can happen a significant amount of development is needed. A team will fall for his physical capabilities and draft him early, and he could very well be a high end starter.
Round Projection: Round 2
Ideal Fits: Ravens, Rams, Texans