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2015 NFL DRAFT

Brandon Jenkins, DE

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 251 lbs.
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04/08/2013 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: Brandon Jenkins DE (6-3, 247 pounds) - He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.07 and 5.09 seconds but but kept his vertical and broad jump from the combine. He ran the short shuttle drill in 4.48 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.40 seconds. Jenkins recorded 19 strength lifts. He is a player who was pretty good two years ago but has not been the same since. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/19/2013 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: Defensive end Brandon Jenkins, who lost nearly his entire senior season due to a Lisfranc injury, was a full participant on Tuesday. Jenkins said he didn't believe his injury negatively affected his draft stock and that his game film will show teams what he can do. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

02/23/2013 - With 21 1/2 sacks over the 2010-11 seasons, Florida State's Brandon Jenkins entered 2012 with the production and buzz of a first-round prospect. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in the Seminoles' season-opening victory over Murray State, however, and with the 2013 draft class boasting several highly-regarded pass-rushers (including two former teammates in Bjoern Werner and Cornellius "Tank" Carradine), Jenkins has slipped a bit off the radar. Despite playing less than one game, Jenkins elected to leave FSU early for the 2013 draft. He hopes to show off his athleticism by performing in positional drills in Indianapolis.

Jenkins, who measured in at 6-foot-2 (1/2) and 251 pounds after playing as high as 270 as a defensive end at Florida State, projects best as a stand-up rush linebacker due to his explosive burst off the snap. He told NFLDraftScout.com that he's going to work out as a linebacker and will also work out as a defensive lineman if asked to do so. While possessing an impressive burst upfield, Jenkins is a bit stiff in his upper body, limiting his ability to change directions quickly.

He's worked on his flexibility and feels comfortable dropping due to his time playing linebacker in high school. Jenkins is confident he'll impress scouts with his movement in position drills but is waiting until Florida State's Pro Day on March 19 to do the timed drills. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Sticking with the Seminoles, Carradine was able to shine because of an injury to starter Brandon Jenkins that sidelined him for almost the entire 2012 season. He led Florida State in sacks and tackles for loss as a junior in 2011. But after missing a full season of football due to a Lisfranc injury to his left foot in the season opener, scouts are eager to see him back on the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/19/2012 - Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins said Monday night he will declare for the NFL Draft this spring, ending his FSU career with one year of eligibility remaining. Jenkins, a Florida High graduate who earned All-American honors a year ago, has not played since the opening game because of a foot injury. He told reporters of his decision on Monday night following FSU's practice. "I bleed garnet and gold. It's a tough decision but I will enter the NFL draft," Jenkins said. - Ira Schoffel, The Tallahassee Democrat

11/19/2012 - Florida State All-America defensive end Brandon Jenkins has decided not to take a medical hardship and return for his senior season, opting to move on and play in the NFL. Jenkins suffered a season-ending foot injury in the Seminoles' season-opener against Murray State. He had surgery on the foot and is in a walking boot until the end of November, when he can begin rehabilitation.

The Tallahassee native had returned to Florida State in 2012 for his senior season, looking to build on the 21.5 sacks and 36.5 tackles for loss that he had accumulated in his career. But his season was halted in the first half of Florida State's opening game. Jenkins said he is on track to graduate with his degree in Sociology on Dec. 14. - AP Sports

10/05/2012 - One of the few question marks still hovering above No. 3 Florida State as the season nears its midway point has to do with Seminoles' injured senior DE Brandon Jenkins. Will he return or won't he? Will he redshirt? Will the NFL lure him away? The All-America defensive end suffered a season-ending Lisfranc sprain in his left foot. He should be 100 percent recovered from it by February or March, around the time he would be training for the NFL Draft. For now, there are no answers to those questions about Jenkins, and according to FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, there won't be until the end of the season at the earliest. "If he's ready for the NFL, he'll just have to wait and see how they perceive him and what's going on and if he does," Fisher said. "We'll have that discussion later when the time comes. Right now, I'm just worried about making sure he's healthy." - Coley Harvey, The Orlando Sentinel

09/04/2012 - ACC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING: DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State: It is always tough to see a player bypass being an early round NFL Draft selection only to come back to college and get hurt. That is exactly what happened with Jenkins as he will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his left foot. Jenkins could have been a first- or second-round pick in last year's draft but decided to return to Florida State. Jenkins would qualify for a medical redshirt and could return to Tallahassee next season. You can see him next: Either as a redshirt senior at Florida State in 2013 or in the NFL. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/03/2012 - Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins, a two-time All-ACC selection, will miss the rest of the 2012 season due to a left foot injury, a source told CBS Monday night. The senior, an All-American candidate, was injured in the first half of the Noles season opener, a 69-3 romp over Murray State, last Saturday. Jenkins had also been projected by many NFL draft observers this off-season as a first-round pick. He could use his redshirt season and opt to return to FSU for the 2013 season. The 6-3, 260-pound Jenkins piled up 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons for the Seminoles. In 2011, the Noles led the ACC in sacks and finished eighth in the nation with 40. Even without Jenkins, the Noles still figure to have a very nasty defensive front. The end who played opposite Jenkins, Bjoern Werner, is another standout pass rusher and just notched four sacks and five TFLs in limited action in FSU's opener. Junior college transfer Tank Carradine replaced Jenkins and finished the game with nine tackles and a sack. Redshirt freshman Giorgio Newberry and Mario Edwards, one of the nation's top recruits in 2012, also factor into a stacked position group. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/03/2012 - Although Florida State clobbered Murray State 69-3 in its opener, an injury sustained in that game could cause season-long problems. Brandon Jenkins, a two-time All-ACC defensive end, sustained a foot injury in that game that is expected to sideline him for the rest of the season, multiple media outlets have reported. Florida State officials have not confirmed that Jenkins is lost for the season, and coach Jimbo Fisher had said after Saturday's game that the X-rays on his foot were negative. Jenkins had been scheduled to have an MRI on the foot on Monday. Jenkins, a senior, could redshirt and return next season, although he could also turn pro because he is projected as a high draft pick. He recorded 41 tackles, including eight sacks, last season, and had 13.5 sacks as a sophomore. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2012 - Seminoles lose two-time All-ACC DE Brandon Jenkins for the season...Two months ago Florida State was a chic pick to win the BCS Championship. Suspensions and injuries since are threatening to derail the Seminoles' 2012 season before it's even really begun. The luster of their dominant 69-3 season opener against Murray State was quickly lost with news that star defensive end Brandon Jenkins had suffered a left leg injury. Bruce Feldman is reporting that Jenkins suffered the dreaded Lisfranc injury which is expected to require screws being placed into his foot and cause him to miss the entire year. Jenkins, a two-time defending All-ACC player and NFLDraftScout.com's No. 44 rated prospect overall for 2013, suffered what was characterized as a "left foot contusion" in the second quarter of Saturday's game. The 6-3, 260 pound Jenkins has racked up 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons for the Seminoles, earning First Team All-ACC honors after each of those efforts. Jenkins has an explosive burst off the snap but lacks great strength at the point of attack and is therefore graded by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 4 outside linebacker prospect of the 2013 draft. Jenkins hasn't used a redshirt over his career. He could elect to take one and return to the Seminoles in 2013 or begin preparation immediately for his next team... in the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2012 - Two months ago Florida State was a chic pick to win the BCS Championship. Suspensions and injuries since are threatening to derail the Seminoles' 2012 season before it's even really begun. While the Seminoles went into halftime with a comfortable 28-3 lead over Murray State, head coach Jimbo Fisher has plenty to worry about as senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins limped off the field with crutches during the second quarter of the Seminoles' season-opener. Jenkins, a two-time defending All-ACC player and NFLDraftScout.com's No. 44 rated prospect overall for 2013, suffered what was characterized as a "left foot contusion" by the FSU media relations staff, according to a tweet from Corey Clark, a Seminoles beat writer for the Tallahassee Democrat and contributor to Nolesports.com. Florida State announced that Jenkins would not play again Saturday but otherwise did not provide a timetable for his return. The 6-3, 260 pound Jenkins has racked up 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons for the Seminoles, earning First Team All-ACC honors after each of those efforts. Jenkins has an explosive burst off the snap but lacks great strength at the point of attack and is therefore graded by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 4 outside linebacker prospect of the 2013 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/15/2012 - A lot has changed for Brandon Jenkins since he joined the Florida State Seminoles a little more than three years ago. Now a rising senior, Jenkins arrived at Florida State during the final year of a decline that saw the Seminoles' perennially powerful defense ranked 96th nationally in Bobby Bowden's last season under then-coordinator Mickey Andrews. Jenkins has been present as Jimbo Fisher and new defensive coordinator Mark Stoops have overhauled a defensive line that was once a band of undersized pass-rushers and turned it into a Southeastern Conference-style unit that finished second only to national champion Alabama in run defense in 2011. And despite the turmoil and turnover, Jenkins has been one of the Seminoles' best defenders the past couple of seasons. Many were surprised to see the Tallahassee native come back for his senior season. After notching 21?1/2 sacks in two seasons, the 6-3, 260-pound defensive end had a chance to be a high pick in the NFL Draft. Instead, he returns with a new number (Jenkins is switching from 49 to 4 this year) and a personal mission to help mentor the young freshmen and win something big. "That's the thing, you can't let that get ahead of you, I have team goals first, ACC championship, national championship," Jenkins said. "Then once you do all that, then that's when I'll think about the NFL." - Patrik Nohe, The Miami Herald

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: BRANDON JENKINS, FLORIDA STATE, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. A starter for the past 27 consecutive games, Jenkins has led the 'Noles in tackles for loss and sacks the previous two seasons. Jenkins enters his final season in Tallahassee ranked eighth in program history in tackles for loss (36.5) and eighth in sacks (21.5). - FSU football

07/30/2012 - Long before he enrolled at Florida State, Brandon Jenkins had heard the message loud and clear: If he was going to play defensive end at the Division-I level, he would need to beef up his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. Then when he enjoyed a brilliant sophomore season at about 240 pounds, he was told he needed to pack on about 30 more to become a big-time NFL prospect. Now, Jenkins is listening to his body instead of others. After what he describes as a sub-par season in 2011, Jenkins plans to enter FSU's preseason camp next week slimmer and more explosive. The Seminoles will report for camp on Sunday and begin practice the next day. "I didn't feel like I was playing at my max speed," Jenkins said. "I felt like something was holding me back. I felt like that 10 pounds was the difference." "I felt like I played my best at 258, 259, 260," Jenkins said. "So this year, I'm going to try to stay around that weight." After deciding earlier this year to return for his senior season - he had been projected as a second-round pick if he jumped early for the NFL - Jenkins has been in what he calls "grind mode." The Tallahassee native said he has worked harder this offseason than any of his previous three. "This is my last year," Jenkins said. "I want to leave my mark. You came back for a reason. You have no choice but to grind and take care of things." - Ira Schoffel, The Tallahassee Democrat

07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (59), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. Jenkins' ACC nod is another in a long line of preseason accolades this summer. Florida State's powerful pass rusher has already been named to watch lists for the Walter Camp, Lombardi and Bednarik awards and the Nagurski Trophy after finishing the 2011 season as a second-team All-ACC selection. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Defensive End: 1. Brandon Jenkins, FSU, 59...2. James Gayle, VT, 31, 3. Malliciah Goodman, CL, 20...4. Bjoern Werner, FSU, 12 - Florida State football

07/26/2012 - Florida State's football coach has told his players they can't use their Twitter accounts for the rest of the year. Jimbo Fisher's move came after some players tweeted objectionable material on their Twitter sites in recent weeks, including one that quoted rap lyrics about killing police officers. The third-year Seminole coach wants his players to be as focused as possible and believes that social media can be a distraction, especially during the season. Many players shut down their participation on Twitter last year after an early three-game losing streak wiped out their championship hopes. Florida State is a runaway preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference this year behind fifth-year senior quarterback EJ Manuel and a veteran defensive unit that ranked among the nation's best last season. - AP Sports

07/23/2012 - Florida State, seeking its first league title since 2005, is the consensus choice to win the Atlantic Division and to defeat Virginia Tech in the 8th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game according to a poll of media members attending this week's ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. This is the second straight year that Florida State has been projected to win the ACC Football Championship as the Seminoles were tapped by the media last July to win the 2011 title. Clemson was the actual 2011 ACC Football Champion, defeating Virginia Tech 38-10 in the 2011 ACC title game in Charlotte. - ACC football

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Brandon Jenkins, senior, DE, Florida State, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. A starter for the past 27 consecutive games, Jenkins has led the 'Noles in tackles for loss and sacks the previous two seasons. Jenkins enters his final season in Tallahassee ranked eighth in program history in tackles for loss (36.5) and eighth in sacks (21.5). - Florida State football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Jenkins' inclusion on another watch list is due to a stellar two-season span of production and game-changing play from his defensive end position. Jenkins has paced the Seminoles with team-highs in tackles for loss and sacks in each of the past two seasons and is widely considered one of the country's best players at his position. - FSU football

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Brandon Jenkins, Florida State, DE, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. In its 17-season existence, no Florida State player has ever won the Bednarik Award. Jenkins has the chance to change that trend as he enters his senior season as one of the nation's top defensive ends on one of college football's best defenses. The Tallahassee native has led FSU in sacks and tackles-for-loss in each of the last two seasons and is expected to be utilized in even more ways - both in the down position and standing up to rush and drop into coverage - in 2012. - Florida State football

06/15/2012 - Top-five Florida State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. DE Brandon Jenkins (6-3, 260)...A local product out of Tallahassee, Jenkins currently ranks sixth on the Seminoles' all-time sacks list (21.5) and could challenge the Florida State career record with a productive senior season (Reinard Wilson, 35.5). He was considered one of the top high school recruits in the state of Florida and received offers from almost every program in the South. But after prepping at Florida State University High School, was there any question where Jenkins was going to play his college ball? After serving as a back-up as a true freshman, he finished third in the nation in sacks as a sophomore with 13.5, adding 21.5 tackles for loss. Jenkins' production took a dip last season as he finished with 8.0 sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss, but both still led the team. He plays with explosive burst off the snap with a quick first step and acceleration to chase down the action. Jenkins lacks prototypical size and struggles to shed, but plays with violent hand usage and does a nice job manipulating his frame to get past blockers. He needs to improve his leverage and consistently play lower to the ground, but both 3-4 and 4-3 teams will be interested in Jenkins in the top-40 picks next April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Jenkins, Florida State, DE, 6-3, 265 (Tallahassee): Lott Watch List in '11...Had 12 tackles for losses, 8 sacks last season...41 tackles...All-ACC. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

04/16/2012 - When he decided to return for his senior season, star defensive end Brandon Jenkins said he was determined to make 2012 his best year yet. Judging by Florida State's month-long spring practice, which concluded Saturday with the spring game, Jenkins is well on his way to achieving that goal. During the Seminoles' halftime award ceremony, the former Florida High star racked up two of the team's three biggest awards - he was named Most Outstanding Player on defense, and he also was given the Hinesman Award, which goes each year to the most dominant player of the spring. Jenkins then capped off his spring with four tackles on Saturday, including one sack and two tackles for loss. "It's my last year," Jenkins said. "I came back for a reason." - Ira Schoffel, The Tallahassee Democrat

 
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04/08/2013 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: Brandon Jenkins DE (6-3, 247 pounds) - He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.07 and 5.09 seconds but but kept his vertical and broad jump from the combine. He ran the short shuttle drill in 4.48 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.40 seconds. Jenkins recorded 19 strength lifts. He is a player who was pretty good two years ago but has not been the same since. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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